Alex Smith has impressed local reporters all training camp long with his steady development. In his second season running Greg Roman’s offensive attack, Smith has looked like an “expert” in the system according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Count Clark Judge as another believer of Smith’s ability to improve in 2012. The CBS Sports football writer recently visited 49ers practices and came away with that distinct impression.
“You can see it in practice when Smith runs the first-team offense,” Clark wrote, “and you can hear it from teammates who believe, as I do, that this is the season Smith shakes his critics.”
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shares defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s comments on the team needing backup safeties to emerge. Maiocco: “Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is still waiting for a safety not named Donte Whitner or Dashon Goldson to earn his confidence in the final two exhibition games.”
Maiocco also notes the return of LaMichael James at Tuesday’s practice.
Steve Corkan of The Bay Area News Group shares insight on Randy Moss’ swimming habit spreading in the 49ers locker room, even to rookies like Chris Owusu. Corkan: “Owusu said his time in a swimming pool before Moss arrived was limited to rehab sessions. These days, Owusu is learning the benefits of swimming laps, holding his breath and working multiple muscles at one time. Owusu said the swimming has helped increase his endurance and lung capacity, while providing another outlet for him to bond with his new teammates.”
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Tags: Alex Smith, Chris Owusu, Greg Roman, Jim Harbaugh, Larry Grant, Randy Moss, Ricky Jean-Francois, Rock Cartwright, Vic Fangio
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