Singletary: We made progress

UPDATE: The 49ers reached an agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent cornerback Eric Green, National Football Post reported. Green, a fifth-year pro, signed with the Dolphins this offseason after spending his first four years with the Arizona Cardinals.


The 49ers must create a spot on their 80-man roster for Green. The 49ers informed fullback Zak Keasey they will release him with an injury settlement, a league source said. Keasey is expected to miss 8 to 10 weeks with a broken forearm. The 49ers have the option to re-sign Keasey later in the season.


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Singletary: We made progress


Coach Mike Singletary was pleased with what he saw from these two days of practices against the Raiders.


The 49ers’ defense was very impressive, as the Raiders really had a difficult time completing passes. (In particular, Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell really, really struggled.)


In the afternoon practice, Reggie Smith and Marques Harris recorded interceptions. Harris’ interception came on the final play of the session – a fitting conclusion to the four-practice set.


Here’s what Singletary had to say before boarding a bus and returning to 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara:


–“Before coming here we talked as a group about coming here and accomplishing the things we needed to accomplish, in terms of the work that we needed to get in these two days. (It was a) great opportunity come and work with a team that has a tremendous amount of talent, and get (here) and see how where we fared working with another team. And I think we got a lot of good work on both sides of the ball and I’m pleased coming away from this. We made some progress and that’s what we have to do each day. Just continue to get a little bit better to get where we need to go.”


–Singletary spoke about the bizarre morning practice, during which the 49ers’ thoroughly dominated with interception after interception after interception after . . .


“You know what? It was the combination of some things,” he said. “Our guys for the most part were really executing their techniques, and I think when you do that good things happen. For a while we really kind of got in a zone and our guys were just . . .  it just started happening. Things just started happening and that’s what happens when you’re working your tails off and good things start to happen. I think it was good this morning. At the same time, you just have to put it in perspective. This is a talented football team. And we get back home and continue to get the work done that we need to prepare for this preseason game and get ready to go on Saturday.”


–The general perception is that Shaun Hill might have made a move to separate himself from Alex Smith in the quarterback competition. Singletary, of course, is not going to name a “leader” until he names a starter at some point in the future.


Q: How did Shaun look these last two days? Did he take some strides forward?


Singletary: “I thought he did a good job. I think Shaun did a good job of getting the ball out and making some good decisions. I thought Alex did some nice things as well, but Shaun did do a good job.”


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And that’s it from Napa. The 49ers will have a couple of light days before Saturday’s exhibition game against the Raiders. The team will have a practice consisting solely of special-teams work at 4 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, they’ll get on the field for some walk-through work.


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