49ers camp summary (728): Jenkins' busy day

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49ers camp summary (728): Jenkins' busy day

Summary: Receiver Michael Crabtree, who sat out the final 20 minutes of practice Friday with an apparent right ankle injury, was held out of Saturday's work. His injury is not believed to be serious, but it is not known when he is expected back on the practice field. Crabtree did not take part in any portion of practice.

In Crabtree's absence, rookie receiver A.J. Jenkins had a busy day. During the 11-on-11 session, Jenkins made three catches, including a nice grab to end practice. On a previous play, Jenkins failed to hang onto a Scott Tolzien throw that was behind him. But Jenkins made the catch in traffic a short time later on a dart from second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Injury report: Crabtree did not take part in any portion of practice. Team spokesman Bob Lange, apparently relaying word from coach Jim Harbaugh, acknowledged Crabtree "is working through something." . . . Linebacker Tavares Gooden left practice an hour early with a member of the team's training staff. Gooden did not appear to be injured . . . Guard Joe Looney (foot) and running back Jewel Hampton are on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Eye on reps: Will Tukuafu spent the practice at fullback, while Demarcus Dobbs returned to the defensive line after spending the first practice at tight end.

Notable: Quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Josh Johnson threw the ball more accurately than the previous day. Receivers Ted Ginn, Kyle Williams and Nathan Palmer made nice catches. Receivers Randy Moss and Brett Swain, and tight end Nate Byham dropped passes. Defensive backs Donte Whitner and Tarell Browm broke up pass attempts.

Quotable: "It'll be pretty easy for all of you to pick out 40 guys that make this team. It's that last five that are hard decisions. And then it becomes the factor of the numbers at other positions. Last year, we kept seven (defensive linemen) because we had seven that we liked and we didn't want to expose any of them to the waiver system. We had two young guys in Dobbs and (Ian) Williams that we felt if we didn't keep we might lose them. So, that was part of the thought process there to keeping seven." --49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

Next practice: The 49ers return the practice field Sunday for their first full-squad workout with pads. The 49ers are scheduled to practice from 2:30 to 5:10 p.m. None of the 49ers' practices in Santa Clara this summer are open to the general public due to the ongoing stadium construction.

Reports: Former 49ers wide receiver to visit Bills

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Reports: Former 49ers wide receiver to visit Bills

Aquan Boldin is looking for a new football home.

And the former 49ers wide receiver is visiting with the Bills on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Boldin started all 16 games with the Lions last season, recording 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns.

From 2013 to 2015 with the 49ers, he racked up 237 receptions, 3030 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

The three-time Pro Bowler will turn 37 years old in October.

Boldin entered the NFL as the 54th overall pick in the 2003 draft.

Taking a closer look at Ryan's criticism of Shanahan

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Taking a closer look at Ryan's criticism of Shanahan

There is no shortage of blame to go around for the Atlanta Falcons’ collapse in Super Bowl 51.

The Falcons built a 28-3 lead in the middle of the third quarter and let it slip away, ultimately falling to the New England Patriots, 34-28, in overtime.

Matt Ryan voiced one previously undisclosed factor in the collapse this week in an interview with Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, pointing the finger at the new coach of the 49ers.

Kyle Shanahan has been the focus of a lot of the blame, but critique from the league MVP was a new one.

The Falcons quarterback faulted his former offensive coordinator for taking too much time to relay the play calls. Ryan said he did not have enough time to change any of the plays – presumably checking out of called pass plays to run the ball.

Here’s what Ryan told Prisco:

"Kyle's play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in. As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you're talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, 'There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.' You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

"With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You're not being aggressive not running it there."

The 49ers can point to mismanagement of the clock for their own Super Bowl heartbreak. The 49ers’ offense had the perfect play call at the perfect time against the Baltimore Ravens late in Super Bowl XLVII.

But with the play clock striking :00, coach Jim Harbaugh was forced to call a timeout from the sideline. A split-second later, the ball was snapped and it appeared the quarterback run would have easily ended up with Colin Kaepernick in the end zone.

Much like after the 49ers’ loss, the Falcons left plenty of room for second-guessing.

Two of Shanahan’s plays calls, which directly led to the collapse, will forever be scrutinized.

The first came with 8:31 remaining in regulation and the Falcons holding a 28-12 lead. On third and 1 from the Atlanta 36, Shanahan did not remain conservative with an expected run play. He swung for the fence.

Receiver Aldrick Robinson, whom the 49ers added this offseason as a free-agent pickup, was breaking free past the Patriots secondary for what could have been a touchdown. But just as Ryan was unloading, New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower hit him and forced the fumble. Running back Devonta Freeman whiffed on blitz pickup, which would have provided Ryan with enough time to target Robinson deep.

Ryan’s explanation does not appear applicable on this play, though. In watching the replay, the Falcons broke the huddle with more than 25 seconds remaining on the play clock and the snap occurred with :15 to spare.

The other questionable sequence came after the Falcons – leading by eight points -- got to the New England 22-yard line with less than five minutes to play. The Falcons lost 1 yard on a run play on first down.

On second down, Ryan was sacked for a 12-yard loss. Before that play, the Falcons broke the huddle with :19 on the play clock. The snap occurred with :04 remaining. The game clock was running, so the Falcons had reason to attempt to burn as much clock as possible.

In the fourth quarter, the Falcons never seemed rushed to get off a play. The closest they came to delay-of-game penalties were when they snapped the ball with :04 on the one play and :03 another time. The majority of their snaps occurred with :10 or more seconds to spare.

If the Falcons were guilty of anything when it came to the play clock, it was that the offense did not waste more time. After New England pulled to within 28-9 late in the third quarter, the Falcons ran only six offensive plays while the game clock was running.

On those six plays, the Falcons snapped the ball with :13, :09, :14, :20, :13 and :04 remaining on the play clock. If they’d snapped the ball with one second remaining each time, they could have shortened the game by 1 minute, 7 seconds. The Patriots scored the game-tying touchdown with :57 remaining in regulation.