Camp report (84): 49ers' full team takes field


Camp report (84): 49ers' full team takes field

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Practice No. 6
Summary: The 49ers moved practice back to 5 p.m. to allow as many players as possible to get onto the field. It was the first time the newly signed free agents were allowed to practice because of the rules governing the transition to a new collective bargaining agreement. "It was a different feel," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "You know we definitely had some reinforcements out there (Thursday night), but it had a lively feel, a fun practice. I thought there was a lot of energy, a lot of juice. So it seemed to fly by." In team drills, QB Alex Smith threw a deep pass that S Curtis Taylor intercepted. Smith later hit TE Vernon Davis with a touchdown in a red-zone drill. Rookie QB Colin Kaepernick worked exclusively with the second team. He lofted a nice 9-yard TD to RB Anthony Dixon, who beat the coverage of OLB Parys Haralson. The practice concluded with a two-minute drill. Smith led the first-team offense into position for a field goal against the 49ers' second-team defense. Kaepernick was intercepted by CB Tramaine Brock on a pass intended for WR Lance Long to end the second-team offense's try against the first defense.Injury report: CB Shawntae Spencer (left hamstring) sat out his third full day of work... LB Ahmad Brooks, CB Phillip Adams (left hamstring) and DL Brian Bulcke missed their third day in a row... NT Isaac Sopoaga (hamstring) missed his sixth practice. LB Alex Joseph did not practice for the fourth day in a row. WR Michael Crabtree (left foot), WR Dominique Zeigler (left knee) and FB Bruce Miller (shoulder) are on the physically-unable-to-perform list... TE Nate Byham (torn left ACL), WR Dontavia Bogan (torn right ACL) and CB Curtis Holcomb (ruptured left Achilles tendon) are out for the season.Returning to work: LBs Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman were back practicing after undisclosed injuries kept them out of action for two days apiece.
Personnel report: Newly signed additions WR Braylon Edwards, C Jonathan Goodwin, CB Carlos Rogers, S Madieu Williams, LB Larry Grant, LB Antwan Applewhite, LB Blake Costanzo and FB Jack Corcoran all suited up and saw their first action with the 49ers on the practice field. Edwards wore No. 81 -- Terrell Owens' old number. He emphasized that 81 is a temporary number. Dominique Zeigler currently wears Edwards' old number, No. 17. But Edwards said he might want to change it up to get a fresh start.
Stock rising: S Reggie Smith has performed well during, and appears to be in line for a starting job. The 49ers were never able to reach an agreement with free-agent Dashon Goldson, and the club signed Donte Whitner. Smith is more of a free safety and Whitner is a strong safety.Stock falling: S Taylor Mays worked mostly with the first unit when C.J. Spillman could not practice. But Mays was back with the second- and third-team defense. With the additions of Whitner and Madieu Williams, the 49ers consider Mays expendable. His size (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) and straight-line speed is impressive, but the coaches do not believe he moves well enough laterally to succeed at safety in the NFL. The 49ers sent a mass email to the other 31 NFL teams on Thursday to announce Mays was available in a trade.Notable: Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick both were wearing braces on their left knees -- on their plant leg. Neither is injured. It's Harbaugh's idea as a safety measure. "Yes, it's like a seatbelt," Harbaugh said. "You can't fight the odds, on wearing it on the plant leg, that leg that strides out and it's something that can prevent MCLs (medial-collateral ligament injuries). That's the thing that it's there to prevent, the impact from the side of the leg. Even if you were to get a shot that would be a grade-three (sprain). The brace could make it a grade-two or a grade-one or eliminate it all together. We're trying to find ways to dodge bullets out here and give ourselves the advantage over the bullets."Next practice: The 49ers hold their first open practice of training camp on Friday. The workout is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. and last approximately three hours.

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Gerald Hodges is in search of a new team and he's looking at a division rival of the 49ers.

The unrestricted free agent is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Acquired in October of 2015 from Minnesota for a sixth-round pick, the four-year pro played in 25 games over the past two seasons with the 49ers.

In his time with San Francisco, the former fourth-round pick recorded three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

But he was not considered a fit for the new 49ers under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Hodges was deactivated for a game late in the season at Atlanta for breaking team rules. He did not offer an explanation or apology

The 49ers have signed three linebackers through two weeks of free agency: Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson.

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

On the same day the FBI director announced members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are under investigation for colluding with Russia to influence the election, Trump turned his thoughts to Colin Kaepernick’s status as an NFL free agent.

And Jim Harbaugh, appearing on Pro Football Talk, suggested teams that are not showing interest in Kaepernick are making a mistake.

“I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” Harbaugh said Tuesday morning.

“He’ll have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships.”

On Monday evening, during a rally in Kentucky, Trump made remarks about Kaepernick. In the lead-up to the November election, Kaepernick called Trump “openly racist” and said he would not vote for Hillary Clinton, either.

“And you know, your San Francisco quarterback? I’m sure nobody ever heard of him,” Trump said.

“There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that. I said if I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report reported an AFC general manager told him there were three reasons Kaepernick has not signed. Some believe, according to the anonymous source, that Kaepernick can no longer play at a high level. Others “genuinely hate him” for kneeling during the national anthem as part of his protest of racial inequality in America.

And, “some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him,” according to the report. “They think there might be protests or Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.”

Kaepernick’s teammates voted him the winner of the Len Eshmont Award for courage and inspiration last season. It is historically the most prestigious award among 49ers players. But the 49ers have already signed veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

General manager John Lynch acknowledged last week on KNBR the odds of the 49ers bringing back Kaepernick are slim.

“I think the likelihood of that happening has gone down significantly. But we’re not going to close our mind or out options on anyone, including him,” Lynch said.

Even though there has been no reported interest in Kaepernick from any team around the league, Lynch said Kaepernick nearly signed with a team earlier during the free-agent signing period.

“I don’t know what happened to that market,” Lynch said. “He was, in everyone’s mind in this league, very close to signing a deal with a team at a really good number. And it fell through, apparently.”