Hill, Smith take all snaps during rookie minicamp

Niners rookies and selected veterans hit the practice field this afternoon. Very few of the veterans are in attendance this weekend, as the youngsters get a chance to take the bulk of the practice repetitions during the minicamp.

Shaun Hill and Alex Smith handled all of the snaps at quarterback in team work, as they compete for the starting job. Rookie quarterback Nate Davis did not practice in team work because of a cramp he sustained in his right hamstring during conditioning.


Neither Hill nor Smith did anything out of he ordinary. Smith’s arm looks pretty strong. Hill, meanwhile, never looks particularly great during practice, but we know he has a way of making it work when it counts (7-3 record as starter).


Aside from the QBs, there were few non-rookies participating who have legitimate chances to start. Starting free safety Dashon Goldson and right guard Chilo Rachal are in attendance. Josh Morgan, who was the leading candidate to start at split end (X) before the arrival of Michael Crabtree, is on the practice field.


Crabtree is not taking part in the practices after undergoing surgery in early March to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. While the team was conditioning on the field, Crabtree was pedaling away on a stationary bike.


Here is the depth chart as they lined up today.



QB- Shaun Hill, Alex Smith

RB- Thomas Clayton, Glen Coffee, Kory Sheets

FB- Zak Keasey

WR (x)-Josh Morgan, Dominique Zeigler, Maurice Price

WR (z)-Jason Hill, Micheal Spurlock, Dobson Collins

TE- Delanie Walker, J.J. Finley, Bear Pascoe

LT-Jacob Bender

LG-Joe Toledo, Matthew Huners

C- Cody Wallace

RG- Chilo Rachal, Kyle Howard

RT- Alex Boone



LDE- Pannel Egboh

NT- Khalif Mitchell

RDE- Ricky Jean-Francois

Sam LB- Marques Harris, Jay Moore

Ted LB- Mark Washington, Scott McKillop

Mike LB- Justin Roland

Will LB- Ahmad Brooks, Diyral Briggs

LCB- Marcus Hudson, Carlos Thomas

RCB- Tarell Brown, Jahi Word-Daniels, Tarrail Lambert

SS- Reggie Smith, Jimmy Williams

FS- Dashon Goldson, Lewis Baker, Curtis Taylor


Note: Kentwan Balmer is here, but the rookies got a lot of work, taking all the snaps during the team session.


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Word-Daniels left practice late with a cramp in his right leg.


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The 49ers signed kicker Alex Romero. He played for the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League in 2008. In his career at Nicholls State, Romero converted 23 of 40 field goal attempts and 85 of 93 extra point attempts. As a senior in 2007, he connected on 8 of 18 field goal attempts and 34 of 38 on extra point attempts.


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Undrafted Cal linebacker Worrell Williams is taking part in the minicamp on a tryout basis. He did not see any action during the 11-on-11 session.


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Forty-three players participated in meetings and practice. Two players took part in just meetings: Veterans Marvel Smith (right tackle) and Demetric Evans (defensive end).


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