Camp Alex has concluded after a week of practice at San Jose State University. Alex Smith said he would like to have another minicamp at the end of the month if the lockout continues. Chances are the lockout will not end anytime soon so I think the 49ers should to have as many practices together as they can. There were only a couple minor injuries so Camp Alex was a success. To have most of the offense together, 20 players, to run through plays will help the team when the lockout is lifted. Here is a recap of Camp Alex:
Alex Smith started each day this week with a classroom type session with the offensive players in attendance going over Jim Harbaugh’s offense. The offense is mainly West Coast with other types of offenses blended in. Smith and only signed quarterback David Carr threw to primary receivers throughout the workouts. Smith and Carr split snaps on the final day of the workouts. Colin Kaepernick was out on the field throwing to wide receivers but mainly took a back seat to Smith and Carr as he not yet cleared to play.
The 49ers offense did not go up against a defense so that meant the offensive linemen in attendance were pad-less. With center Eric Heitmann not attending because he is still rehabbing his neck injury suffered last season that meant unsigned lineman David Baas was making the snaps. Baas showed up for the first time on the final day of Camp Alex. With Heitmann still hurt the 49ers will most likely re-sign Baas given how well he played taking over for the injured starting center.
Adam Snyder and Joe Staley have been at the workouts all week. Snyder and Staley went over the offensive schemes with other linemen that included Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati and rookies Daniel Kilgore and Mike Person.
“It makes it more difficult, not having any guidance,” guard/tackle Adam Snyder said after Wednesday’s workout. He added, “It’s nice to have the turnout we have. Everybody’s out here working real hard and excited about the team and excited about the opportunity we have this season.”
No surprise that Michael Crabtree did not get back on the field the rest of the week after getting sore feet on the first day. Alex Smith encouraged Crabtree to sit out the rest of the week. I think Smith did not want to criticize Crabtree for sitting out after he said “Good question. Honestly, I don’t know,” in response to a question about Crabtree attending Camp Alex the week before it started. This week when asked who will be the starting quarterback next season Crabtree said he was not sure who the 49ers quarterback was going to be. This is typical Crabtree, diva and all. He has what I call a “King James Complex”. He thinks and acts like he is the greatest before he accomplishes anything to back it up. Give Crabtree credit though for sticking around for the full week and participating in the morning meetings.
Wide receiver Kevin Jurovich who was on the 49ers practice squad last season was the reason why the 49ers held the practices at San Jose State University. Jurovich is an alumnus of SJSU. Other wide receivers in attendance were Dominique Zeigler, Kyle Williams and Josh Morgan. Williams injured his hamstring while running a deep post on the final but said it is nothing serious. Tight ends Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker also took part in this week’s workouts.
Frank Gore was going to attend Camp Alex but did not because he is still nursing his broken hip. It would have been nice to have had Gore in attendance but the risk of him reinjuring his hip is not worth it.
Second-year running back Anthony Dixon was at the workouts and received most of the action with Gore missing out. Rookie running back Kendall Hunter also worked out along side Dixon. Dixon said the playbook calls for a lot of passing routes out of the backfield.
The defense only ran conditioning drills this week which included players Justin Smith, Isaac Sopoaga, Ray McDonald, Curtis Taylor and Parys Haralson. First-round draft pick Aldon Smith showed up on the final day and ran sprints with the defense up a small hill near the stadium.