It has almost been one week since the San Francisco 49ers started training camp and the team is practicing like they have been there for much longer. This goes to show 49ers players took the offseason seriously and have been conditioning well on their own outside of minicamp and OTA’s, allowing them to show up to camp fully prepared. Coach Jim Harbaugh held practice on July 30 and August 1, giving players the day off on July 31. Here are some highlights from practices on Monday and Wednesday:
Randy Moss Continues to Impress
At OTA’s this offseason, Moss showed he still had the speed and catching abilities without pads or contact. At the fourth day of training camp Moss showed off his speed and catching abilities again, but this time in pads with contact. The receiver made a lunging catch on the sideline with cornerback Carlos Rogers covering him and just barely got both feet in-bound’s as he fell to the ground. He also showed off his leaping abilities by grabbing a pass from Alex Smith that was high in the air. The latter catch is what should excite Niner fans. Moss will be the No. 2 receiver but when the 49ers are inside the redzone, where they struggled last season, the receiver will be the No. 1 option for fade routes into corner of the endzone. His height and leaping skills will help the 49ers offense avoid the many times they failed to score inside the redzone last season.
QB Accuracy Contest
The 49ers’ four quarterbacks at training camp, Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien, participated in an accuracy competition on Monday. Quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst had the four QB’s throwing to a target 15 yards away that had small square holes they were trying to hit. In end, Kaepernick won the contest.
LaMichael James Continues Work as Punt Returner
At 49ers practice over the weekend, James started working with special-teams coordinator Brad Seely learning how to return punts in the NFL. James put in some extra reps before the start of practice on Monday with Seely, working on a drill where the running back had his back turned to a machine that launched punts into the air from 40 yards away. When the football was in the air, he had to turn around, find where it was and make the catch. It looks like the 49ers might rely on James this season as their punt returner if he continues to improve and show he can handle the duties.
Anthony Dixon Shows Off Dual Skills
For the first time at training camp on Tuesday, Dixon was rotating practicing at running back and fullback. On some plays he would be carrying the football and on the next plays he was in as the lead blocker. Fullback is his best chance at making the team as there are four running backs ahead of him on the depth chart.
Michael Crabtree Still Not Practicing
With a right leg injury, Crabtree has missed the last four days of practices. Crabtree was working out on the field on Wednesday to keep his conditioning up with easy exercises with no running and without pads or a helmet. I don’t doubt Crabtree has an injury, but there always seems to be something wrong with him at training camp. Take a look at Matt Hamm’s thoughts on Crabtree’s injury (It’s Getting Old Michael Crabtree)
Crabtree was not the only injury at camp. Receiver Joe Hastings and cornerback Curtis Holcomb were held out of practices on Monday and Wednesday. Hastings has a right leg injury and Holcomb’s injury is unknown.
Rookie guard Joe Looney was on the field in uniform on Wednesday but did not participate in team drills. Looney, who had a foot injury, was activated on Tuesday from the non-football injury list.
Diners, Drive-In’s, and 49ers Training Camp
Guy Fieri from the Food Network, who grew up in Humboldt County, was at 49ers practice on Wednesday cooking up huli huli chicken for lunch. I doubt any of the 49ers players were able to grab some grub from Fieri because of practice.
Alex Boone Learning from Leonard Davis
Before the start of training camp Boone was expected to win the starting job at right guard. Even though Boone is a tackle and has never played the position, he has impressed 49ers coaches with how quickly he is catching on. Right before training camp started, the 49ers signed veteran guard Leonard Davis who will give Boone good competition. Boone has embraced Davis’ competition and he is learning from the former all-pro guard by asking a lots of questions about the position. Boone will end up winning the competition because he has a leg up on Davis being more familiar with the 49ers offense and was with the team during offseason workouts.
We’re all competing, but at the same time, he’s (Davis) been there if I have any questions for him. He’s answered my questions and helped me out.