Category Archives: Offseason camps

Highlights (though not many) from p.m. practice

A lot of you have been asking me for more details from today’s rookie practice – especially, who stood out from the pack.
To be honest, there wasn’t much opportunity to stand out. After position drills, the 49ers went through one session of 7-on-7 and one team period. Then they turned to conditioning and got the rookies running.
That said, I’ll make a few tepid nomination:

BIG things happening in Santa Clara

As the offseason progresses, I will be able to tell you about Anthony Dixon’s cutting ability, Taylor Mays’ ball-tracking skills and Kyle Williams’ fit in the slot. With limited reps in today’s rookie practice, very little intelligence emerged.
But before you really get to know someone as a football player, the first things that stand out are the purely physical measures. And the 49ers have welcomed some very impressive specimens into the fold.

Jarrett Brown’s bad, bad day

A football player’s first NFL practice is a day he’ll never forget. That’s not necessarily a good thing for Jarrett Brown.

35 expected for afternoon practice

Today’s 49ers practices are like a two-seating dinner. The veterans swept through for a voluntary OTA this morning. At 3:45 this afternoon, they will be supplanted by 35 rookies and first-year players: eight draft picks, nine undrafted free agents, 12 rookies getting tryouts and six players who are technically first-year guys though they came out a year ago.
For those of you keeping score at home:

Rookies’ first task: watch and learn

Interesting sight at the 49ers’ voluntary OTA this morning: the team’s new rookies, both drafted and undrafted, sitting around in T-shirts and shorts, watching the veterans practice. Mike Singletary wanted the young cats to see how an NFL practice is conducted – which explains why the team changed the original schedule and set up a veteran OTA on the same day as a rookie minicamp.

Crabtree is beginning at the beginning

When receiver Michael Crabtree signed last season in October, he had to get ready to play a game in quick fashion. Now, he can actually learn the 49ers’ offense thoroughly at a more leisurely pace.  

Gore is no fan of RB-by-committee

Running back Frank Gore does not like to come off the field. There is no urgent need for the 49ers to add a third-down back because that’s when Gore might be his best with his ability to run, catch and block.   But 49ers director of player personnel Trent Baalke intimated last week that he’s […]

Baas attends ‘voluntary’ OTAs, but several other veterans do not

Starting left guard David Baas had a great excuse for skipping the first day of 49ers organized team activities today. He is not under contract to the 49ers for the 2010 season. But that did not prevent him from signing a waiver and showing up to work.   “We’ve got something to prove and I’ve […]

Smith hits ground throwing in ’10, looks back at ’09

Something happened today that has never before happened in Alex Smith’s NFL career.   When the 49ers went out to the practice field for “voluntary” organized team activities, Smith was not learning a new offensive system. Also, in a departure from the past two offseasons, he was not rehabilitating his right shoulder.   Smith is […]

Unsigned Baas working to keep spot with 49ers

The 49ers have scheduled two days of organized team activities. It is rare that teams use any of their allotted OTA days before the draft. But this is no ordinary draft. The 49ers believe they have a roster ready to do some damage in the NFC – or, at least, in the NFC West. But […]

Singletary hits road to scout, turns over OTAs to 49ers coordinators

The 49ers have organized team activities scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the club’s practice facility in Santa Rosa Clara. Coach Mike Singletary has excused himself. He will be on the road scouting with 49ers director of player personnel Trent Baalke, who will take the lead role in the 49ers’ draft preparations.   This seems […]

Willis on crutches after ‘minor’ knee procedure

All-Pro 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is getting around on crutches following surgery last week on his right knee. Willis underwent a bursectomy – the removal of a bursa sac in his knee, the 49ers confirmed today.