49ers training camp Day One impressions


49ers training camp Day One impressions

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.

49ers activate Jimmie Ward


49ers activate Jimmie Ward

SANTA CLARA -- Safety Jimmie Ward was cleared Wednesday morning to begin practicing with his teammates after missing nearly four weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury.

Ward underwent conditioning tests on Monday and Tuesday to complete the final hurdles before the club activated him off the physically unable to perform list.

Ward sustained a hamstring injury during the conditioning test on the eve of training camp.

Ward was moved to cornerback last season, where he started 10 games.

He finished the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He was the 49ers' primary nickel back in his first two NFL seasons.

Jaquiski Tartt originally took over at free safety at the beginning of camp. But after Tartt missed significant practice time with a ribs injury, undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome stepped in.

Jerome started the 49ers’ first two exhibition games at free safety.

Shanahan evaluates Hyde's performance in early goings of 2017 preseason


Shanahan evaluates Hyde's performance in early goings of 2017 preseason

SANTA CLARA – Carlos Hyde, the 49ers’ No. 1 running back, has gained just 26 yards on 10 carries in the first two exhibition games.

But aside from a play Saturday night against the Denver Broncos when he did not gain as many yards as coach Kyle Shanahan thought he should, the 49ers appear satisfied with what they’ve seen from Hyde.

“It takes 11 guys to execute a play,” Shanahan said on Wednesday. “Usually, the guy with the ball in his hands is the one who’s rewarded or blamed. But I’ve been happy with Carlos’ reps during the preseason.

“I definitely want to do better. I want to score every time we call a play, so I’m usually disappointed if it doesn’t end in a touchdown. But he’s done a good job for us.”

That does not mean that Hyde has been perfect. Shanahan recounted a play on Saturday in which Hyde did not read the blocking correctly and gained fewer yards than his coach expected.

“There was one run in particular I thought the O-line blocked it for about a 4-yard gain and he got 1 yard,” Shanahan said. “(He was) trying to do too much on one play, which happens a lot with running backs. So there was one play he left about 3 yards on the field.”

Hyde finished the first half with gains of 6, 2, 7 and 7 on a series that ended with a lost fumble from backup running back Tim Hightower.

“We blocked well and he got to the right hole and when contact hit him at 5 yards, he fell for 2 more,” Shanahan said of Hyde. “So I thought he got exactly what we blocked for and a little more after that.”