Summary: Receiver Michael Crabtree returned to the practice field for his most extensive work since being sidelined with a right calf strain early in practice. Crabtree caught a handful of passes during the 7-on-7 and team portions of practice. He did not participate in the two-minute drill.Meanwhile, rookie receiver A.J. Jenkins had his best day of camp. Jenkins had three receptions from Josh Johnson and a more impressive one from Scott Tolzien. Late in practice, Jenkins made one of the better catches of camp when he elevated in traffic to pull down a 25-yard dart from Tolzien, showing great body control in the air. Jenkins made the grab against the first-team defense. "Every day he's getting better," Crabtree said of Jenkins.Midway through practice, coach Jim Harbaugh raised the stakes for a two-minute drill. With post-practice sprints on the line, Alex Smith and the first-team offense marched down the field to get into the end zone.On fourth-and-goal from the six, Smith went through all his options before pulling it down, rushing right, and diving into the end zone to condemn the defense to extra conditioning.Tolzien made a number of nice deep passes. His touchdown to undrafted rookie receiver Brian Tyms was the offensive play of the day, and he dropped a pretty 30-yard pass over Ted Ginn's left shoulder down the right sideline later.Injury report: LaMichael James did not participate in practice, and his status is unknown. It was the first practice James has missed during training camp. Offensive lineman Jason Slowey sat out his third practice with an undisclosed injury. Receiver Joe Hastings (right leg), cornerback Curtis Holcomb also did not participate. 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: Tolzien showed an adept feel for the long ball. In the first 11-on-11 drill of the day, with the blitz coming, he hung in to hit Brian Tyms with a deep ball to the left side. Tyms elevated over starting cornerback Tarell Brown to haul in the touchdown. Anthony Dixon helped provide protection for Tolzien with a blitz pickup that drew raves from the coaching staff.Smith-Moss connection: It wasn't the play of the day, but in an 11-on-11 red-zone period, Smith felt pressure and stepped up in the pocket nicely before throwing to Randy Moss cutting across the back of the endzone for the touchdown. Smith and Moss haven't exactly torched the 49ers defense this training camp, so it was positive to see them connecting -- and looking in sync -- in the red zone.Defensive play of the day: Donte Whitner and Carlos Rogers each pulled down interceptions. Whitner's was more impressive, as he jumped an inside rout and collapsed on Johnson's low pass. Rogers' pick was deflected into the air before he corralled it in the middle of the field.Eye on reps: The bulk of the quarterback snaps went to third- and fourth-string QBs Johnson and Tolzien. Johnson had an up-and-down day of work with several of his passes sailing high of the mark. Tolzien was sharper, especially looking downfield.Getting physical: In a 1-on-1 individual blitz pick-up drill, Dixon locked up Ahmad Brooks and threw him backwards. A play later, Aldon Smith looked to get around starting fullback Bruce Miller. When Dixon and Brooks squared off again, there was a little something extra behind the initial contact. It was a good drill for Dixon, who turned away a NaVorro Bowman spin move as well.Notable: In the special teams period of practice, the ball ended up in Brooks' arms on the kick return. It won't be a plan of attack for the 49ers, who have Ted Ginn, Kendall Hunter and James listed on the depth chart for kickoff returns, but you never know where a squib kick will end up.Next practice: The 49ers return to practice on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. None of the 49ers' practices in Santa Clara this summer are open to the general public due to the ongoing stadium construction.
It appears the Jaguars have passed on Chip Kelly for a second time this month.
After reportedly not getting their head coaching job, Kelly reportedly interviewed for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.
But two days later, Jacksonville announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been retained as offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone.
Kelly told CSNBayArea.com recently he would take his time to determine his next career move.
“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.
“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”
The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.
The 49ers feel certain they have landed their head coach, according to sources.
And the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly convinced offensive Kyle Shanahan will be entering the head-coaching ranks with the 49ers next season, too.
Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made an announcement to coaches that Shanahan would be the 49ers’ next coach, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Wednesday, adding everyone in the room was “super supportive.”
On Wednesday, Quinn was asked at a press conference about Shanahan and the 49ers.
“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then."
The Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Shanahan after the game. Shanahan will also become involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.
The 49ers are checking with the NFL to determine what is allowable under the league’s anti-tampering policy, according to a league source. If the Falcons win on Sunday, the 49ers would not be able to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
According to sources, the 49ers have narrowed their initial search for the next general manager to four candidates: Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst of Green Bay, Minnesota’s George Paton and Terry McDonough of Arizona.
The general manager candidates are expected to meet with Shanahan, but it’s unclear whether Shanahan can interview the candidates if the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl and he is not officially the 49ers’ coach. The 49ers are expected to hold a second round of general manager interviews early next week and could fill the position by the end of next week.