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Morning Tailgate: Sept. 27

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 27, 2012 – 10:25 AM

The 49ers were back on the field Wednesday afternoon as they took over Stambaugh Stadium at Youngstown State University. Perhaps the biggest news of the day was the regular season practice debut of running back Brandon Jacobs, who has returned to the field on a limited basis for the first time since being injured in Week 3 of the preseason.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee observed the beginning of Wednesday’s practice session and said Jacobs looked like he was moving well.

“If Jacobs is fully healthy Sunday, he likely would be worked into games as a short-yardage runner,” Barrows wrote. “Through three games, only two running backs – Gore and Kendall Hunter – have carried the ball for the 49ers. Gore has 45 carries for 264 yards, and Hunter has 18 carries for 64 yards.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate also features headlines about the rain-soaked practice, referees, Rex Ryan, Darrelle Revis and more.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com relays the comments of Jets Coach Rex Ryan about Vernon and Anthony Davis. Maiocco: “The 49ers traded up two spots in the 2010 NFL draft to select Anthony Davis at No. 11 overall. In his third season, Davis has gotten off to a good start. But Ryan is the first person to single him out for such lavish praise.”

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group shares the humorous story of Ryan confusing Alex Smith for Aaron Rodgers at an awards banquet earlier this year. Inman: “But confusing people is something Ryan has learned to live with. His brother, Rob, is the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator. Ryan’s advice to Smith: be prepared for further identity mixups.”

Michelle Smith of ESPNW.com spoke to rookie tight end Garrett Celek about the support of his older brother, Eagles tight end Brent Celek. Smith: “But Celek thought the 49ers — with Harbaugh’s penchant for using tight ends in his power offense — would be the best fit. All along, big brother Brent, in his sixth season with the Eagles, has been giving Garrett advice.”

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle describes the security measures the 49ers have used during their unique stay in Ohio. Branch: “On Wednesday, the team held its morning walkthrough practice in a parking lot behind the hotel, the same locale that they held walkthroughs last year. On Wednesday, however, four team buses were fanned out across the perimeter of the parking lot to discourage interested onlookers (including members of the Jets’ espionage team?)”

The Associated Press wrapped up the 49ers’ first day practicing in rainy Youngstown. AP: “Now in his second season and after a trip to the NFC championship game, Harbaugh doesn’t want distractions derailing the same atmosphere from developing. It was business as usual, with an extra helping of hard work.”

Mike Sando of ESPN.com examines the impact of injured Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. Sando: “The injury means Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham and the 49ers’ other receivers won’t have to worry about getting stranded on “Revis Island” this week.”

Branch also examined the 49ers passing game and noted Smith has thrown most of his passes to short or intermediate receivers. Branch: “Of Smith’s 92 pass attempts, four have traveled 20 yards or more downfield and tight end Vernon Davis was targeted with the other three deep balls.”

Inman shared the thoughts of the 49ers players, who are eager to welcome back the veteran NFL referees this weekend. Inman: “(Donte) Whitner agreed that the ‘tipping point’ in the NFL’s lockout of officials surely came Monday night, when the Seattle Seahawks were awarded a controversial winning touchdown on the final play against the Green Bay Packers.”

Barrows notes the current 49ers who are represented at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Barrows: “Every time a player sets a record, the Hall asks for the ball. The one that Jerry Rice caught to set the NFL receptions record, for instance, is in one of the hundreds of boxes being housed in Canton.”

49ers.com also provided a complete roundup of the day’s action (story/photos) and video of Jim Harbaugh’s press conference. Mario Manningham’s return to his hometown area was also featured along with the comments of Ryan and Jets QB Mark Sanchez.



Looks like Jonathan Goodwin is happy to see the regular NFL refs.

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17 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Sept. 27”

  1. By bow53 on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    o.k.people lets go..o.k.lets wake up some people fr. beyond,alex smith is gonna have a field day w/ or w’out revis i smell at least 3 t.d. here and defense will not feel flat this sunday,special teams will kic’ some rear..NINERS BAY!!!

  2. By ninerfanfromtonga on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Let open the playbook up a bit more and lets blow teams away. But we should work on starting each game in full throttle. Lets not be caught flat footed again like we did against the Vikes.

    Goooooooooooooooo Niners..Goooooooooooooooooooooo

  3. By odgse on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    I agree, enough with the conservative play calling. Let’s blow this game wide open. Go Niners!

  4. By 9erdog on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    right on! and I’d like to add on. no more coasting lets finish as strong as we start, full throttle all the way!

  5. By 9erdog on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    First 2 games had my bitting nails, and I believe we should have won each by a couple of TD’s!

  6. By abrahamer on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    nice to see jacobs back in practice, hope he’s good to go would hate to see this turn into nagging injury, still feel like that hit on his knee with a helm was cheap shot not called penalty,whatever, i lost a ten $ bet vs vikings, but that guy wont bet me this week, he has a knockoff # 16 brand new old school red jersey sitting in a draw in his office but he doesnt even know who #16 was,I WANT THAT JERSEY, gonna have to bet him for that jersey, he keeps telling me to go buy my own, he doesnt deserve a red #16 that he doesnt wear and still doesnt know who #16 is aaaaaarrrrgggggghhhh how the f does he not know that !!!???

  7. By abrahamer on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    yes agreed lets get pumped up !!! when we get pumped up they do to !!! LETS GO NINERS LETS GO !!! IM SCREAMING CUZ I LOVE MY NINERS GO GO GOOOOOOOOO NINERS !!!

  8. By abrahamer on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    9erdog the first 2 games were soooo solid, ur right about we could have won by more but both games we never trailed and werent even really threatend, id love to see some higher scoring games from us lol, lets play our game> we score more points then you, and we win !!! WEEEEEEEEE NINERS SUNDAY ALLDAY OK HOW ABOUT 30- 10 NINERS OVER JETS WAIT NO 33-10 NINERS OVER JETS !!! GOOOOOOOO NINERS !!!

  9. By abrahamer on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    ok so who wants to see the niners and ravens in the superbowl (called it) that would be the most awesome superbowl ever and a huge obsticle to overcome beating his brother after he beat us, wow im getting excited already its gonna happen i hope, gooooo niners !!!

  10. By odgse on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    A Super Harbaughbowl!

  11. By rjdniner on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    abrahamer. I have a 1984 pro bowl program with Montana, LOTT, Walsh, signature on it, I was called a liar for making it up, so I sent an email to some guy named Adam Musto at 49er, s headquarters and he told me it was correct .Bill Walsh’s signature am talking about .I wish there was some way to put it on the blog site. And one more thing he signed it in front of me in the aloha stadium.
    ps he was the nfc head coach that year for the pro bowl .

  12. By bow53 on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    testing 1, 2, 3, can’t get thru???

  13. By bow53 on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    i guess i’m in the clear, as i was saying, bro’s lets take it i game at a time…u know what forget about it.. were going deep in the playoffs then the S.B…..NINERS BABY!!!!!

  14. By rjdniner on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Bow 53 we have the team and staff to get in the playoffs, but looking at those other two teams they might have something to say about it, Cards and lucky winners Hawks, has any body heard anything concerning Willis it was mentioned that he was limping after the vikes game?. GO 49ERS .

  15. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    rjdniner that is AWESOME, i have a football signed by mike singletary when he was “coach” id kinda like to forget about that, you can take a picture off it, post it online, then post link to it, if you wanna show it off

  16. By abrahamer on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    absolutely agreed thats how we do it one play one game at a time, all the way baby to the super harbaugbowl us against ravens, may the better harbaugh coached team win, that us ofcourse, cuz WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US ?

  17. By 9erdog on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    abra, “werent even really threatened,” I felt like we were?
    IMHO! when you beat a team, you can’t let them think they had a chance to come back and tie the game, I understand at the end of the season its wins and losses that count.
    I want to win games the way viks beat us, no BS about it they hammered us, and that way I want to win games! Going away not hanging on!

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