49ers camp summary (816): Offense ends on high note


49ers camp summary (816): Offense ends on high note

Summary: Quarterback Alex Smith began Thursday's practice on another hot streak. His only incompletion among his first 15 pass attempts in the 7-on-7 and team portions coming when fullback Bruce Miller dropped a pass that hit him between the numbers.The 49ers had their final full practice before leaving Friday for an exhibition game against the Houston Texans. There were periods in which the first-team offense and defense worked against scout teams. The 49ers had music -- including ACDC's "Back in Black" -- blaring on the practice field to get the offense some work in noisy conditions. And when it was "49ers vs. 49ers," the offense took strides toward evening the score after the defense dominated early in camp.Injury report: Cornerback Perrish Cox rehabbed an apparent leg injury on a side field and did not practice. . . Outside linebacker Aldon Smith (bruised right hip) was spotted without crutches for the first time since sustaining his injury last Friday against the Minnesota Vikings. Smith has now missed five practices. Smith watched the final portion of practice from the sideline. . . Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (left knee) and tight end Delanie Walker (right knee) both missed their fourth consecutive days of practice. . . Rookie linebacker Cam Johnson missed his fifth consecutive practice. He underwent offseason knee surgery. . . Receiver Joe Hastings missed his 13th practice day with a right hamstring strain. . . Running back Jewel Hampton (left foot) is on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (left knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.Transaction report: The 49ers waivedinjured tight end Nate Byham, a sixth-round pick in 2010. He missed all of last season after sustaining a torn ACL. He did not suit up for Friday's exhibition opener. In the likely event Byham clears waivers, he will revert back to the 49ers' injured reserve list.Offensive play of the day: In a first-team vs. first-team drive situation, the offense was given the ball at the 40-yard line. It took Smith and tight end Vernon Davis all of one play to get into the end zone. Linebacker Patrick Willis had coverage on Davis, who ran a deep corner route, caught Smith's perfect throw in stride and took it the rest of the way for the touchdown.Offensive play of the day II: Shortly after the Smith-to-Davis pass, Josh Johnson had a similar result. It took him four plays, but Johnson connected on a 40-yard touchdown pass to Chris Owusu against the coverage of safety Trenton Robinson for a touchdown.Veteran move: Wily wide receiver Randy Moss ran a deep sideline route against undrafted rookie Anthony Mosley. As Smith's pass was in the air, Moss never broke stride, nor did he give Mosley any clues that the ball was en route. Moss let the ball drop softly into his hands before Mosley could react.Rookie report: Undrafted rookie receiver Brian Tyms caught touchdown passes of 12 and 7 yards within a three-play period from quarterbacks Johnson and Scott Tolzien.Tying up loose ends: On Wednesday, cornerback Carlos Rogers ranked Michael Crabtree's hands among the best in the league. He mentioned Crabtree in the same glowing terms as Arizona Cardinals All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald. On Thursday, Crabtree dropped would-be touchdown passes from Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith in red-zone drills.Notable: Newly signed outside linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis is going through the acclimation process and will be eligible to play in Saturday's exhibition game. "Will he play? We'll see," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. . . New tight end Joe Sawyer has made a good first impression and might get some action Saturday. "So far, he moves around and looks the part out there," Harbaugh said. "He catches the ball and runs like a guy who belongs at this level." . . . Harbaugh said he expects running back Frank Gore, receiver Mario Manningham and defensive lineman Justin Smith to see action against the Texans. Each of those players was held out of the 49ers' exhibition opener.
Next practice: The 49ers have a one-hour "mock game" scheduled for Friday. The club will then depart for Houston. They will not have any more practices open to the media throughout training camp or the regular season.

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Gerald Hodges is in search of a new team and he's looking at a division rival of the 49ers.

The unrestricted free agent is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Acquired in October of 2015 from Minnesota for a sixth-round pick, the four-year pro played in 25 games over the past two seasons with the 49ers.

In his time with San Francisco, the former fourth-round pick recorded three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

But he was not considered a fit for the new 49ers under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Hodges was deactivated for a game late in the season at Atlanta for breaking team rules. He did not offer an explanation or apology

The 49ers have signed three linebackers through two weeks of free agency: Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson.

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

On the same day the FBI director announced members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are under investigation for colluding with Russia to influence the election, Trump turned his thoughts to Colin Kaepernick’s status as an NFL free agent.

And Jim Harbaugh, appearing on Pro Football Talk, suggested teams that are not showing interest in Kaepernick are making a mistake.

“I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” Harbaugh said Tuesday morning.

“He’ll have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships.”

On Monday evening, during a rally in Kentucky, Trump made remarks about Kaepernick. In the lead-up to the November election, Kaepernick called Trump “openly racist” and said he would not vote for Hillary Clinton, either.

“And you know, your San Francisco quarterback? I’m sure nobody ever heard of him,” Trump said.

“There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that. I said if I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report reported an AFC general manager told him there were three reasons Kaepernick has not signed. Some believe, according to the anonymous source, that Kaepernick can no longer play at a high level. Others “genuinely hate him” for kneeling during the national anthem as part of his protest of racial inequality in America.

And, “some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him,” according to the report. “They think there might be protests or Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.”

Kaepernick’s teammates voted him the winner of the Len Eshmont Award for courage and inspiration last season. It is historically the most prestigious award among 49ers players. But the 49ers have already signed veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

General manager John Lynch acknowledged last week on KNBR the odds of the 49ers bringing back Kaepernick are slim.

“I think the likelihood of that happening has gone down significantly. But we’re not going to close our mind or out options on anyone, including him,” Lynch said.

Even though there has been no reported interest in Kaepernick from any team around the league, Lynch said Kaepernick nearly signed with a team earlier during the free-agent signing period.

“I don’t know what happened to that market,” Lynch said. “He was, in everyone’s mind in this league, very close to signing a deal with a team at a really good number. And it fell through, apparently.”