49ers camp summary (730): Crabtree still sidelined


49ers camp summary (730): Crabtree still sidelined

Summary: The 49ers were missing three wide receivers for team drills Monday with Michael Crabtree sitting out his third full day of work with lower right leg injury. Also, Mario Manningham did not participate during most of practice after taking part in individual work. Manningham remained on the field to watch practice. His condition was unknown. And Joe Hastings, who appeared to sustain a right leg injury Sunday, did not practice, either. Randy Moss made two nice catches during team drills. He made a lunging catch near the sideline against cornerback Carlos Rogers, managing to get both feet inbounds before tumbling to the ground. He also went up to catch a pass from Alex Smith late in the workout. Linebacker Patrick Willis had the top defensive play of the day when he stripped tight end Vernon Davis after a catch during teamwork. Safety Dashon Goldson scooped up the loose ball and took it the other way. Earlier, Willis had an interception of a Scott Tolzien pass on a ball that deflected off rookie tight end Garrett Celek.
Notable: Quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst gathered the four quarterbacks for an accuracy contest while the rest of the team was working on special teams. Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien took turns trying to hit small square holes in a net from about 15 yards away. Kaepernick had the best round of the group.
Quotable: "I'm the best, dog" -- 49ers running back Frank Gore to a couple of reporters on his return to the huddle after busting through the line and taking the ball about 60 yards into the end zone.
Eye on reps: Coach Jim Harbaugh said running back Anthony Dixon has asked to play fullback. But Dixon has not been seen taking any reps at fullback during camp. Dixon struggled during a blitz pickup drill against linebacker Larry Grant.
Extra work: Rookie running back LaMichael James spent time before practice with special-teams coordinator Brad Seely working on catching punts. James had his back turned to the Jugs machine about 40 yards down the field. When the ball was in the air, James had to locate it and make the catch.
Getting physical: Linebacker NaVorro Bowman couldn't help himself. The All-Pro linebacker leveled James during a blitz pickup drill. Later, he flattened Kendall Hunter after Hunter caught a short pass from Tolzien. While there is contact during the padded practices, the coaches do not want to see players hitting the ground.
Two-way wonders: Demarcus Dobbs and Ben Hannula, both of whom came to the 49ers as defensive players, had good days as pass-catchers on offense. Dobbs, who rotates between practices at defensive end and tight end, made a nice catch of a high pass from Alex Smith against Bowman's coverage during team drills. Hannula, who has played exclusive at wide receiver after signing as a defensive back, held onto a pass that was partially deflected by cornerback Tarell Brown.
Injury report: Crabtree missed his third day of practice with a right lower leg injury. . . . Hastings and cornerback Curtis Holcomb did not practice for undisclosed reasons. . . Linebacker Tavares Gooden returned to practice for the first time since exiting practice Saturday with an apparent illness. . . Manningham was on the practice field but he did not participate in team drills. . . . Guard Joe Looney (foot) and running back Jewel Hampton (lower leg) are on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Next practice: The 49ers have their first day off of training camp on Tuesday. The team returns to work Wednesday in full pads. None of the 49ers' practices in Santa Clara this summer are open to the general public due to the ongoing stadium construction.

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

First-year coach Kyle Shanahan is close to completing his 49ers coaching staff.

Shanahan will handle the duties of the offensive coordinator, the position he held with Houston, Washington and Atlanta over the past nine NFL seasons.

Robert Saleh is the 49ers' new defensive coordinator, while Richard Hightower has been hired as the special-teams coordiator.

Here's a look at the 49ers' coaching staffs under Shanahan and last season under Chip Kelly:

Position: Coach (2016 job)
Head coach: Kyle Shanahan (Falcons, offensive coordinator)
Defensive coordinator: Robert Saleh (Jaguars, linebackers coach)
Special teams coordinator: Richard Hightower (Bears, assistant special teams)
Assistant head coach/tight ends: Jon Embree (Buccaneers, tight ends)
Run game specialist: Mike McDaniel (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Quarterbacks: Rich Scangarello (Wagner, offensive coordinator)
Running backs: Bobby Turner (Falcons, running backs)
Wide receivers: Mike LaFleur (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Offensive line: Vacant
Offensive assistant: T.C. McCartney (LSU, offensive assistant)
Senior defensive assistant: Jason Tarver (49ers, outside linebackers)
Defensive line: Jeff Zgonina (N.Y. Giants, assistant defensive line)
Linebackers: Johnny Holland (Browns, inside linebackers)
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Offensive quality control: Taylor Embree (Chiefs, defensive assistant)
Defensive quality control: Bobby Slowik
Head strength and conditioning: Ray Wright

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Position: Coach (current status)
Head coach: Chip Kelly
Offensive coordinator: Curtis Modkins (Bears, running backs)
Defensive coordinator: Jim O’Neil
Special teams coordinator: Derius Swinton
Quarterbacks: Ryan Day (Ohio State, quarterbacks)
Running backs: Tom Rathman
Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell
Tight ends: Jeff Nixon (Baylor, co-offensive coordinator/running backs)
Offensive line: Pat Flaherty (Jaguars, offensive line)
Assistant offensive line: Eric Wolford (South Carolina, offensive line)
Defensive line: Jerry Azzinaro (Cal, defensive line)
Assistant defensive line: Vince Oghobaase
Outside linebackers: Jason Tarver (49ers, senior defensive assistant)
Inside linebacker: Joe Bowden
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Assistant defensive backs: Roy Anderson (Bears, assistant secondary)
Assistant special teams: Michael Clay
Offensive quality control: Mick Lombardi (Jets, offensive assistant/assistant QBs coach)
Defensive quality control: Tem Lukabu
Senior analyst: Dana Bible
Director of human performance: Mark Uyeyama

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

John Benton, who coached on the same staff during Kyle Shanahan’s four seasons with the Houston Texans, has reportedly received permission from the Denver Broncos to interview with the 49ers.

The Broncos hired Benton on Jan. 15 to work as the team’s assistant offensive line coach under line coach Jeff Davidson.

But Denver coach Vance Joseph and general manager John Elway provided Benton permission to interview with the 49ers, Denver’s 9News reported. The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were looking at Benton.

The offensive line coach is the last major position that remains vacant on Shanahan’s staff.

Benton worked last season as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Shanahan’s first NFL coaching job was with Houston in 2006, when he coached wide receivers. Shanahan became the quarterbacks coach with the Texans in 2007 before spending the next two seasons as offensive coordinator under then-coach Gary Kubiak.

The 49ers announced nine additions to the coaching staff on Friday.

Also, the 49ers are expected to hire Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, according to The Sporting News. Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.