Dontae Johnson shuts down Anquan Boldin, Brandon Lloyd and Stevie Johnson

SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me at the 49ers’ second padded practice of training camp. THE GOOD 1. Dontae Johnson. Played like a monster. Broke up three passes. First, he swatted away a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Anquan Boldin in the back right corner of the end zone. You rarely see a cornerback beat Boldin on a jump ball. Next, Johnson almost intercepted a Kaepernick pass…

July 27, 2014

49ers cut Tolzien and four others

The 49ers cut Scott Tolzien, Al Netter, D.J. Harper, Joe Holland and Colton Schmidt Monday afternoon. The 49ers must cut 10 more players before 1:00 p.m. Tuesday. Stay tuned The 49ers open their locker room fromk 4:45 to 5:45 this afternoon. Stay tuned for that as well.

August 26, 2013

49ers 15, Chiefs 13: Grades

My grades for the 49ers’ 15-13 preseason victory over the Chiefs: QUARTERBACKS: D. Colin Kaepernick completed one of two passes for negative three yards. He overthrew the one pass he attempted downfield. Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien were horrible. McCoy threw an interception and Tolzien averaged just 3.8 yards per pass attempt. If those two keep playing like that, the 49ers won’t be able to trade either one for a…

August 16, 2013

The question Al Netter wasn’t quite sure how to answer

Offensive tackle Al Netter, the 49ers’ practice squad player and former Cardinal Newman star from Rohnert Park, was asked on Media Day, “Would you put hair gel in the Ravens’ helmet?” Netter politely kept quiet, preferring silence as opposed to being at the center of a bizarre sound track.

February 2, 2013

Preseason Week 4 grades

SAN FRANCISCO – Here are my grades for the 49ers 35-3 preseason victory over the San Diego Chargers, who may or may not have shown up to play. Alex Smith: P. Smith gets a “Pass” even though he didn’t pass the ball once. He played five snaps and handed off five times, and he looked good doing it. Smith may be the finest hander-offer this side of the Mississippi. Colin…

August 31, 2012

Preseason Week 1 grades: The offense

SAN FRANCISCO – Here are my preseason Week One grades for the Niners’ offense. Offensive line: A. In the running game, they completely pushed the Vikings’ defensive line around. The 49ers averaged 6.3 yards per rush because the offensive line created gaping holes all night. Rock Cartwright gained 44 yards on 8 carries. When was the last time you saw Cartwright do that? In pass protection, the offensive line looked…

August 11, 2012

Training camp report: Tuesday, the good — Crabtree, Brooks and Tolzien excel

SANTA CLARA – Michael Crabtree increased his practice participation on Tuesday, catching three passes from Alex Smith within the first ten minutes of team drills. Crabtree mostly watched from the sideline after those catches, but he looked like the best wide receiver on the team and Alex Smith’s favorite target when he was playing. Ahmad Brooks is having the best offseason of his career according to the coaches, and he’s…

August 7, 2012