49ers camp report (824): My two left feet


49ers camp report (824): My two left feet

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CSNBayArea.com Michael Crabtree was the only noticeable absence from the portion of practice open to the media. He has yet to participate this preseason, but I checked in with Alex Smith just in case to see when the last time he threw to him. Smith said this summer and explained that he meant during their time together at San Jose State.The team had 15 offensive linemen working in group though RG Chilo Rachal, dressed in sweats, only watched and listened. The team gave no reason why he was not able to take part. Theres a question as to whether the starting center position is truly up for grabs. It would seem to belong to Pro Bowler Jonathan Goodwin, who the team signed to a three year deal at the onset of camp. But Adam Snyder has been getting the most time there while Goodwin learns the system. Snyder teamed up with Joe Staley in the offseason to teach the new offensive playbook to the linemen at Camp Alex.Snyder says expects to split time with Jonathan Goodwin during Saturdays game against the Texans. He hasnt been told any differently so is preparing himself as such and not worrying about who will become the starter.49ers Mailbag: What Crabtree can learn from Edwards
For me its about working on technique at center and that stuff will work itself out, Snyder said. Competition is always welcome, and Ive been a guy whos had to compete for seven years not, so its nothing new to me. Im just focused right now on what I need to do to get on the field.Snyder has only positive things to say about the addition of Goodwin and how they help each other on the field. Snyder has played next to Goodwin at guard in practice, and the two double check the protection calls. But they have yet to play next to each other in a game. Snyder also said Alex Boone has been getting time at guard in practice.Offensive coordinator Greg Roman is still shuffling the rest of the line as well, still.Its going to be an ongoing process where we get guys playing in different combinations more to really evaluate them and I think it will continue really until the 11th hour.I had an interesting and informal chat with Trent Baalke about the O-line. He is very pleased with the depth the team has now and considers it a strength of the team. He said other teams have contacted the 49ers offering draft picks as they look to add some of that depth to their depleted rosters.Its all about the feet -- Rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick says the main area he wants to improve with two preseason games left is to avoid having two left feet.I want to improve my footwork a lot, Kaepernick said. There are a lot of times my footwork could be improved, and that might help me through my progressions where sometimes I think my feet get a little bit sloppy.Maiocco: 49ers' 53-man roster pojection
Jim Harbaugh has Alex Smith working on the same thing as Smith told CSN during a sit down interview for our 49ers Preview show.The biggest thing for me that Ive had to work on is my feet coming away from center and my drops, Smith said. Feet within the pocket, very specific things hes looking for out of the quarterback I should say, and just trying to develop those. And it only comes through reps, so just trying to create some muscle memory get that grooved in and working on that everyday.The Little Green Dot On top of a new focus on blitzing the quarterback, LB Patrick Willis is also wearing the green dot this preseason. Safety Dashon Goldson wore it during the regular season last year which means he had the helmet through which he hears the defensive calls from the coaches on the sidelines. Willis says he practices with the helmet as well, but does not yet know if hell be the one to wear it during the regular season.Fast & Detailed With practices now closed to the media after the first 30 minutes, I asked some of the players what has changed now that our glaring eyes are not around. Colin Kaepernick said the workouts have been much more focused with a lot of detail being put in place. Adam Snyder said the tempo continues to be quick. The emphasis for the offensive line, he said, is getting in and out of the huddle and to the line quickly.Quote of the Day When offensive coordinator Greg Roman was asked if he is the main play caller:You know, I would say yes, but if anyone has a good suggestion, my ears are always open.

Report: 49ers strongly considering QB at No. 2

Report: 49ers strongly considering QB at No. 2

General manager John Lynch and the 49ers have created the desired intrigue about what the club will do with the No. 2 overall pick in this week’s NFL draft.

The team remains “open for business,” in the words of Lynch, to trade the second pick. If the 49ers are unable to find a trade partner, the team can do any number of different ways with that pick. The first round of the draft is scheduled for Thursday evening.

After edge-rusher Myles Garrett, widely projected to go to the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick, there does not seem to be much separating the next dozen prospects on the board at a number of different positions.

Now, there is buzz the 49ers could go with a quarterback – likely, Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina – with the No. 2 pick. That possibility gained steam Monday morning with a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, citing “several sources,” that the 49ers are “strongly considering” selecting a quarterback with the second pick.

One league source last week told NBC Sports Bay Area some around the league believe the 49ers would draft Trubisky or Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

“If the 49ers are waiting on Kirk Cousins, just remember that Trubisky is a better prospect now than Cousins was coming out of the 2012 draft,” the source said.

Cousins, who is set to play his second consecutive year as Washington’s franchise player, was a fourth-round selection under then-coach Mike Shanahan, New 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was his father’s offensive coordinator when Washington drafted Cousins.

Lynch has been open in his scouting and praise of this year’s draft class. He has attended workouts of top quarterback prospects: Trubisky, Deshaun Watson (Clemson), DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame), Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) and Davis Webb (Cal).

"I think most of this quarterback class should be later down the line, whether it's first round or second round,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said recently. ESPN’s Mel Kipier and Todd McShay had Trubisky as the first quarterback selected by the Browns at No. 12 overall.

“I think these guys are somewhat getting a bad rap,” Lynch said at the NFL scouting combine. “You turn on the film, and there’s a lot to like.”

The 49ers head into this week’s draft with Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley as the only two quarterbacks on the roster.

The 49ers have shown no interest in re-signing any of the top three quarterbacks on the team’s roster last season: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder. Each of those players remains unsigned.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told NBC Sports Bay Area on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.