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 a stand out defender in training camp. Today, he beat right tackle Anthony Davis with an outside speed rush for a touch sack on Alex Smith, who kept playing despite the sack and hit Randy Moss in the middle of the end zone for touchdown.
Demarcus Dobbs beat backup left tackle Mike Person to sack Josh Johnson. Dobbs lined up at right defensive tackle, right next to Aldon Smith – the right end. They did a stunt – Smith ran inside and Dobbs looped around outside, catching Person by surprise and blowing right by him. Whenever Justin Smith took breathers during today’s practice, Dobbs substituted for him and played very well.
Scott Tolzien completed 10 of the 14 passes he threw, including a few deep passes and two touchdowns – one to Nathan Palmer and the other to Brian Tyms. Tolzien played the best of the four quarterbacks this afternoon.
A.J. Jenkins had his best day of training camp, making a few sprawling catches and a nice jumping catch on a deep pass down the middle from Tolzien. Jenkins was covered by Perrish Cox on that play, but Cox didn’t see the ball coming or challenge the catch.
Third-string left tackle and Rohnert Park native Al Netter won his three meetings with Aldon Smith today. Aldon Smith tried to beat Netter with a speed rush to the outside once, but Netter pushed him around the quarterback and out of the play. Later, Netter held his ground on a couple of Aldon Smith’s bull rushes.