49ers camp summary (84) -- Day of the back-ups

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49ers camp summary (84) -- Day of the back-ups

Summary: There was more mixing of the two's and three's in with the starters. The veteran regulars had a few big plays during various 11-on-11 situations. Frank Gore and Brandon Jacobs each had solid runs up the middle. Vernon Davis had several nice grabs on crossing routes. Ahmad Brooks came down with an interception and Justin Smith had a called sack. But the bigger plays were made by a handful of back-ups. Demarcus Dobbs had a great touchdown reception in the back right corner of the end zone in a short goal-line situation over the coverage of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Cornerback Anthony Mosely broke up a would be touchdown reception by Randy Moss knocking the ball out of Moss' hands on his way down in the back of the end zone in the same drill. Cornerback Perrish Cox and defensive lineman Ian Williams had several good plays throughout practice as well.

Injury report: Receiver Michael Crabtree (right leg) missed his seventh consecutive day of practice. He came out onto one of the main fields halfway through Saturday night's session. He worked with head strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama for about an hour. Typically, he has been working on a side field. Receiver Joe Hastings (right leg) and cornerback Curtis Holcomb have yet to return to practice either and continued their work on a side field. Tight end Nate Byham was out for a a second day. Offensive lineman Jason Slowey was at the facility earlier in the day but was not on the field for 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: The Dobbs touchdown reception was impressive, but an improvisational play between Alex Smith and Frank Gore stands out. Under pressure from Ahmad Brooks, Smith quickly saw that Gore was open in the right flat and lobbed the ball, almost underhand, over the defenders to Gore. Gore went for a big gain in the open space.

Defensive play of the day: Cornerback Perrish Cox kept pace with the speedy Ted Ginn along the right side line and had a beautifully timed break up of a perfectly thrown deep ball from Alex Smith.

Eye on reps: Starting left guard Mike Iupati has yet to return from the birth of his first child. In his absence, Leonard Davis played left guard and Alex Boone played right guard with the starters. Josh Johnson, Colin Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien all had reps with the first team offense and against the first team defense at different times during the two-and-a-half hour practice.

Rookie report: Linebackers Kourtnei Brown and Cam Johnson stood out among the rookie class. Johnson had a called sack on Kaepernick in 11-on-11 drills as well as a stop on Frank Gore up the middle. Brown broke up a pass in the back of the end zone and also tipped a ball that bobbled through the defense before landing into the hands of guard Joe Looney.

Extra work: Second year defensive lineman Ian Williams got the defense yelping when he dropped running back Anthony Dixon in an 11-on-11 drill from within five yards of the goal line. He also was credited with a sack and almost had another sack of Josh Johnson from behind.

Coaching moment: At the end of practice, Jim Harbaugh lined up as the field goal kicker. When the ball was snapped, he rolled to the right for the fake. When the ball was pitched to him, his feet slid out from under him and he fell clumsily with a thud on his left side causing the entire team, and Harbaugh himself, to burst out laughing.

Quotable: During an 11-on-11 situation set up around an eight play drive, Aldon Smith and Justin Smith were in hot pursuit of Colin Kaepernick, Much to everyone's surprise on the sideline, Justin had the lung power to shout, "He's running again!"

Next practice: The 49ers will not practice on Sunday. They will return to work on Monday. None of the 49ers' practices in Santa Clara this summer are open to the general public due to the ongoing stadium construction.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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