Category Archives: Training camp

8/5 Practice notes

SANTA CLARA – Before I get to the good and not-so-good of the day, here’s a funny scene from the 49ers first practice in front of fans. During 11-on-11’s, Alex Smith threw one pass at Ted Ginn’s feet on a five-yard out. The fans didn’t boo, but they gave a collective “oooooo,” and the stands […]

Taylor Mays talks

SANTA CLARA – Taylor Mays ended practice this afternoon by breaking up a touchdown pass. On the last play of the first-team offense’s two-minute drill, Alex Smith dropped back from the 10-yard line and spotted Vernon Davis open in the middle of the end-zone. Smith zipped a pass on target to Davis, but Mays closed […]

Carlos Rogers on his hands

SANTA CLARA – The hands in question belonged to Carlos Rogers. They hid underneath the cornerback’s armpits as he answered a group of reporters’ questions this afternoon. They were hiding because he spoke with his arms folded across his chest. Rogers’s hands are his biggest source of criticism. His former team, the Washington Redskins, did […]

Jim Harbaugh on Alex Smith

Head Coach Jim Harbaugh was the first person to speak at the podium after practice. He was winded at the beginning of the interview and he was sweating. He spends a ton of energy coaching during practice. He participates in every drill he watches. It’s good to see a coach so actively involved. Here’s the […]

Alex Smith Q&A

Alex Smith spoke to the media after his first day of real, live practice. He spoke about getting rid of the rust and the excitement of the competition with Colin Kaepernick. As always, he was the perfect gentleman. Read and enjoy. This is courtesy of the 49ers. On what it feels like to be back […]

Meet Braylon Edwards

Braylon Edwards spoke in the media tent after his first practice with the team this evening. Here’s the complete transcript of the interview, courtesy of the 49ers. On whether he thought he would play for the 49ers when he visited the team facility prior to the 2005 NFL Draft: “Back then, I was thinking it […]

8/4 Practice notes: Smith vs. Kaepernick

SANTA CLARA – Practice was windy and cold in the Santa Clara dusk. Braylon Edwards lined up with the first and second-team offense today and looked good, considering he’d been on the team for about an hour. He caught a few short passes and hustled hard. Madieu Williams stood behind the defense with secondary coach […]

Free agents who may practice today

According to Jason La Canfora, the Collective Bargaining Agreement will be ratified by 1 p.m. Pacific Time today. However, La Canfora also reports that the NFL Players Association has issues with the HGH testing and will not sign off on that issue, but this is not expected to hold off ratification. If it is indeed […]

Revised 49ers Thursday schedule

The 49ers just issued a revised schedule for practice tomorrow. It’s probably so their free agents can get on the field after the Collective Bargaining Agreement is ratified. Player availability is from 3:30 to 4:00, and that’s only half an hour so I hope the players talk fast. Practice goes from 5:00 to 8:00, and […]

Greg Roman Q&A

Greg Roman spoke to the media at the podium after practice today. It was the first time he spoke at the podium this training camp. He spoke at length on the progression of the offense, Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Vernon Davis and Frank Gore. He had the highest praise for Davis and Gore. Here’s the […]

Vernon Davis on the quarterback competition

SANTA CLARA – Matt Maiocco asked Vernon Davis after practice if there will be a quarterback competition in training camp this year. Here’s what Davis had to say. DAVIS: I can’t really jump into that because that’s not my deal. I leave that up to the coaches. I’ll let them decide that. I’m sure they […]

8/3 Practice notes

SANTA CLARA – When you watch Aldon Smith work individually with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, you think, “Here’s a rookie with a lot to learn.” Today Fangio worked with Smith on the blocking sleds, and he’d repeatedly stop Smith to work on his technique. Fangio wanted Smith to hit the sled, rip away to the […]