Some observations from day one of 49ers training camp:
-Despite Jim Harbaugh proclaiming that all the backup quarterbacks were even, Colin Kaepernick ran with the second team, Scott Tolzien ran with the third team, and Josh Johnson ran with the fourth team (Thats not officialthats just how it appeared from watching practice). To my untrained eye, none of the three looked particularly accuratethough Ill admit to seeing only the last 30 minutes of practice.
-Harbaugh said that HUGE Leonard Davis will line up at both guard spots.
-Even though there were no pads, Tavares Gooden laid a pretty noticeable shot on Anthony Dixon toward the end of practice.
-About thirty 49ers went right from the practice field to the weight tent for a post practice workout, including Randy Moss.
-Though hes not known in public as a jokester (the waysayClinton Portis was), Moss is apparently a very funny dude! Jim Harbaugh, Mario Manningham, Donte Whitner, and Alex Smith all raved about how hilarious he is in the locker room and on the practice field. I was surprised to hear them say who the second funniest guy on the team was: ferocious defensive end Justin Smith.
-I caught Bruce Miller juggling a soccer ball with his right footand I must say I was VERY impressed. He kept it going for a minute or more a couple of times.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.
On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.
Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.
Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”
Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.
Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.
Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.
Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.
If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.
Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.
Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.
If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.
Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.