The offense finally got the better of the defense after two straight days of the D looking sharper in practice. Mike Singletary said after the morning practice that quarterback Alex Smith had four consecutive passes of about 40 yards that were all on the money with one being dropped by Michael Crabtree. With the speed of receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Crabtree, Smith’s precision on deep passes could determine the difference between a big play and score or an overthrown pass. The fact that Smith is hitting his receivers deep in stride this early in training camp is a good sign.
Another notable performance at yesterday’s practice was the offensive line. Singletary said he was pleased with how the lineman, working with the first-team in 11-on-11 drills, knew their blocking assignments and stayed onsides. Smith was able to get the first-team defense to jump offsides twice.
Injuries: Starting center Eric Heitmann went down with a stinger in the morning practice and watched the rest of the time from the sidelines. Backup center Tony Wragge took over for Heitmann. Guards Chilo Rachal and David Baas, and tight end Nate Byham sat out practice with injuries. Right tackle Adam Snyder moved to right guard in place of Rachal. This allowed 49ers first draft pick Anthony Davis to see action with the first-team offense at right tackle.
Practice 7 (P.M.), August 4:
The afternoon practice saw more 11-on-11 drills and 7-on-7. In the latter drill Michael Crabtree showed how dangerous he can be by catching passes over the middle and then turning up field for yards. Alex Smith gave way to backup quarterbacks Nate Davis and David Carr who took a majority of the snaps in the 11-on-11 drill. Davis had good accuracy on his deep throws, connecting on one with Josh Morgan for a 45-yard touchdown. Davis also had an interception returned for a touchdown by linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Carr showed how quick he is with his scrambling abilities out running the defense to make plays. In the highlights it was reassuring to see Carr showing off his scrambling abilities. The offensive line has been upgraded but if Carr makes it into the starting lineup for any reason it is good to know he does not have lead feet like former quarterback Shaun Hill.
Injuries: Tight end Delanie Walker sat out practice with a concussion. Linebacker Scott McKillop suffered a knee injury and was taken off the field on a cart. Hopefully the injury is only a sprain and not something more serious like a torn ligament. Guard David Baas missed his fifth straight practice with a concussion.