This is no country club. That was apparent today at 49ers minicamp.
Coach Mike Singletary sent his team through about 45 minutes of hard conditioning after the 49ers’ individual session of practice.
The players rotated through different stations in which they performed conditioning drills, including a relay race in which they had to sprint 10 yards with a weight bag, drop it, pick up another weight bag off the ground and then sprint 10 yards back.
Only after this grueling session did the real practice begin. Hey, whip these guys into shape. After all, the season begins in about six months.
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After three plays of team work, Singletary stopped practice to forcefully remind his players what offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye has implemented as a fundamental in the huddle. He wants all the players in the team’s offensive huddle to have their hands on their knees as the play is being called.
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When the club broke into team drills, we saw Alex Smith throw passes on the practice field for the first time since early September. Smith threw the ball OK. His best pass was a 20-yard crossing route to Jason Hill, in which he hit his target in stride.
Shaun Hill came out with the first team. He appeared to have some miscommunication with Josh Morgan on a pass that Manny Lawson intercepted in the flat. Lawson had clear sailing down the left sideline for what would’ve been a TD (if anybody was keeping score)
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Following practice, Vernon Davis, Moran Norris, Zak Keasey and Mark Bradford remained after practice to work on catching passes from the Jugs machine.
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Not everybody was on the field today for the 49ers’ practice, so keep that in mind. Here is how the team’s depth chart appeared when they went through individual work.
Day 1-Minicamp depth chart
QB-Shaun Hill, Alex Smith, Damon Huard
RB-Frank Gore, Thomas Clayton, Michael Robinson
FB-Moran Norris, Zak Keasey
X-Josh Morgan, Dominique Zeigler, Maurice Price
Z-Jason Hill, Brandon Jones, Micheal Spurlock
TE-Vernon Davis, J.J. Finley
LT-Joe Staley, Jacob Bender
LG-David Baas, Joe Toledo
C-Eric Heitmann, Cody Wallace
RG-Chilo Rachal, Tony Wragge
RT-Adam Snyder, Barry Sims
Notes: WR Isaac Bruce and RT Jonas Jennings are not in attendance. Bruce is contemplating retirement, and
LDE-Isaac Sopoaga, Kentwan Balmer
NT-Aubrayo Franklin, Isaac Sopoaga
RDE-Justin Smith, Demetric Evans
SOLB-Manny Lawson, Jay Moore
SILB-Jeff Ulbrich, Mark Washington
WILB-Patrick Willis, Justin Roland
WOLB-Parys Haralson, Ahmad Brooks
LCB-Nate Clements, Marcus Hudson
SS-Reggie Smith, Jimmy Williams
FS-Dashon Goldson, Lewis Baker
Notes: LB Takeo Spikes and CB Walt Harris, the team’s union reps, were at the NFL Players Association meeting. S Mark Roman has been granted permission to seek a trade, so he was not in attendance. DE Ray McDonald, and DBs Michael Lewis, Shawntae Spencer and Tarell Brown were held out of practice. With so many corners out of action, return specialist Rossum played RCB.
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