49ers camp summary (813): Manningham's best day


49ers camp summary (813): Manningham's best day

Summary: Receiver Mario Manningham had his most active practice of training camp with seven receptions during the various team periods in the 2 12-hour practice.Manningham did not play in the 49ers' exhibition opener Friday night in what coach Jim Harbaugh called a game-time decision to give some of the veterans the night off. Manningham appears to be building a rapport with starting quarterback Alex Smith, from whom he caught five of his passes.The 49ers were shorthanded in their defensive front seven during practice Monday with the absences of three starters: outside linebackers Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga.And early in the team's first 11-on-11 period, reserve nose tackle Ian Williams went down with an injury that kept him out of practice for the remainder of the day. Williams went to the ground and remained motionless for several seconds. The 49ers did not immediately reveal the nature of Williams' injury. He spent the rest of the practice watching from the sideline.Quarterback Scott Tolzien, who played well in the 49ers' exhibition opener Friday against Minnesota, threw two interceptions on the day.Perrish Cox picked off Tolzien's underthrown pass to rookie receiver A.J. Jenkins on a deep seam route. After the starters were dismissed, safety C.J. Spillman intercepted Tolzien's deep ball intended for wideout Nathan Palmer.Safety Dashon Goldson intercepted a pass from Josh Johnson that slipped through the hands of newly signed tight end Gijon Robinson.Injury report: Outside linebacker Aldon Smith (right hip) missed his second practice. He was seen leaving the 49ers' facility Monday with the assistance of a crutch. He sustained the injury in the first quarter of the 49ers' exhibition opener Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings. . . . Tight end Delanie Walker (right knee) missed his first practice after being injured during the team's practice Sunday at Candlestick Park . . . Brooks, Sopoaga, linebacker Tavares Gooden, tight end Nate Byham, outside linebacker Cam Johnson and receiver Joe Hastings also did not practice. . . Running back Jewel Hampton (foot) is on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.Offensive play of the day: Jenkins ran a stop-and-go, and cornerback Deante' Purvis stopped for a bit too long, allowing Jenkins to get far behind him to haul in Tolzien's pass 40 yards down the field after the starters had already been excused for the day.Defensive play of the day: Cornerback Chris Culliver had a good day with three passes broken up. His best play came when he leaped high to bat down a deep pass from Tolzien that was intended for Palmer along the right sideline.Transaction report: The 49ers signed free-agent tight ends Gijon Robinson (Missouri Western State) and Joe Sawyer (Southwestern Oklahoma State). Robinson played three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, catching 31 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown. He was recently released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Because Sawyer has not been in an NFL camp this summer, he must undergo an acclimation period before he can put on pads to practice. The 49ers began the day with 89 players on their roster. The 49ers waived guard Garrett Chisolm to make room for both signed players on the 90-man roster.
Notable: During a red-zone drill, backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick's pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage. The ball bounced back and was caught by Kaepernick, who took off running around the right side. The practice play was whistled dead, but Kaepernick continued into the end zone for what would've been an easy Kaepernick-to-Kaepernick touchdown pass.Next practice: The 49ers return to practice Tuesday from 2:30 to 5:10 p.m. The 49ers will break camp after practice on Friday.

49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured


49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.

The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.

General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.

“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”

Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.

DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.

Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’


Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP. 

Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.

“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”

Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”

The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential. 

"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."

Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."

Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.