49ers practice notes: Moss gets deep on 2-minute drill

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49ers practice notes: Moss gets deep on 2-minute drill

SANTA CLARA -- Coming back off the Memorial Day weekend, seven prominent 49ers were not on the practice field Tuesday at the team's training complex.
Receivers Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham, tight end Vernon Davis, right tackle Anthony Davis, and defensive backs Donte Whitner, Chris Culliver and unsigned franchise player Dashon Goldson did not take part in the voluntary practice. Culliver was seen at the practice facility earlier in the day.
It was believed to be the first day of the 49ers' offseason program that Crabtree missed. Terms of Crabtree's contract require him to attend 90-percent of the team's voluntary work to receive millions of dollars in salary through 2014.
Here are some of the highlights of the two-hour practice:--Alex Boone, who is atop the depth chart at right guard, moved to right tackle with starter Anthony Davis' absence. Rookie Mike Person was inserted at right guard with the first team, while Daniel Kilgore practiced at center with the second team.--Randy Moss and Kyle Williams were the first-team receivers, while C.J. Spillman and rookie Trenton Robinson handled the first-team reps at safety.
--Defensive back Cory Nelms and defensive lineman Will Tukuafu practiced with the offense. Nelms ran patterns at wide receiver and Tukuafu saw action as fullback Bruce Miller's backup. Nelms dropped a couple passes, but beat rookie cornerback Anthony Mosley on a deep pass from Josh Johnson during one-one-one.--During a two-minute drill to conclude practice, quarterback Alex Smith hit Randy Moss on a 45-yard pass down the right sideline against unsuspecting rookie cornerback Deante' Purvis. Moss gave no indication the ball was en route and Purvis never turned around as Moss gently reached up to catch the pass and stepped out of bounds. The 49ers' first-team offense scored on Smith's short-pass to Kyle Williams on fourth down.--The No. 2 offense stalled against the starting defense despite Colin Kaepernick tearing off on a long run. NaVorro Bowman and Ahmad Brooks had sacks in the non-contact drill. The drive ended when Patrick Willis (inadvertently) threw down tight end Konrad Reuland after a short pass on fourth down.--Kaepernick continues to work with the 49ers' No. 2 offense, as he tries to win the backup job over Josh Johnson. "I feel like I'm leaps and bounds ahead of where I was last year," Kaepernick said, "as far as being comfortable with this offense and being able to go out there and execute. Everything comes so much more natural now."Kaepernick's accuracy comes and goes as he tries to tighten up his throwing motion. "They'll do little things here and there to help me get the ball out a little quicker, but they're not doing anything dramatic," Kaepernick said of the coaching staff's work with his mechanics.
--Rookie receiver A.J. Jenkins had some good tussles against cornerback Perrish Cox during one-on-one. Jenkins held onto a Johnson pass at the sideline despite contact that knocked both players to the ground. Cox later broke up a Scott Tolzien pass. Later, working against safety Trenton Robinson, Jenkins appeared to push off to make a back-shoulder catch of a Johnson pass.--There will not be another practice open to the media until next week.

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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