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Camp report (85): 49ers' Smith greeted warmly

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Camp report (85): 49ers' Smith greeted warmly

August 5, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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Practice No. 7
Summary: The public got its first glimpse of the 49ers on Friday, and the crowd did not turn on QB Alex Smith like fans of the Miami Dolphins jeered Chad Henne as their open practice date this week. Smith, received warmly by the fans in attendance, looked better than he did Thursday. It was Smith's first practice this summer with full pads. The 49ers also ran 10 "live" plays with full tackling. LB Patrick Willis made the best hit, clobbering FB Jack Corcoran after a 5-yard completion from Kaepernick.Offensive Play of the day: A pair of rookies combined on the best play of the day, as QB Colin Kaepernick delivered a 50-yard pass down the field to undrafted rookie Chris Hogan (Monmouth) on the first play of the second-team offense's two-minute drill. Hogan made the catch before safety C.J. Spillman got there. Hogan sustained what appeared to be a right ankle sprain. He was able to walk off under his own power.Defensive Play of the day:Taylor Mays, who the 49ers are openly shopping for trade value, broke up Alex Smith's fourth-down pass intended for TE Vernon Davis in the end zone to end the two-minute drill at the conclusion of practice.RELATED: 49ers' Mays works through 'adversity'
Injury report: CB Shawntae Spencer (left hamstring) sat out his fourth full day of work. . . . LB Ahmad Brooks, LB Keaton Kristick, NT Isaac Sopoaga (hamstring) sat out. LB Navorro Bowman did not take part in 11-on-11 work. WR Michael Crabtree (left foot) and WR Dominique Zeigler (left knee) are on 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.Starting to work: FB
Bruce Miller, whom the 49ers selected in the seventh round, made his practice debut. Miller was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list after reporting to camp last week with a shoulder injury.Quotable: "San fran I'm home!" -- former Bills S Donte Whitner, who agreed to terms with the 49ers on a three-year, 11.75 million contract on Thursday and announced Friday evening on Twitter that his flight to the Bay Area had landed.On the sideline: Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents several 49ers players, made the trip from Miami to watch practice. Rosenhaus is in negotiations with the 49ers on a contract extension for RB Frank Gore, who held out the first four days of training camp. Coach Jim Harbaugh this week said he expects Gore's extension to be completed "sooner rather than later." Rosenhaus also represents free-agent safety Dashon Goldson. Rosenhaus declined comment on the status of any contract negotiations.Depth chart: Here's a look at the depth chart based on how the players lined up at Friday's practice . . .
Offense
QB -- Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick.
RB -- Frank Gore, Anthony Dixon, Kendall Hunter, Xavier Omon.
FB -- Moran Norris, Bruce Miller, Jack Corcoran.
WR -- Braylon Edwards, Ted Ginn, Kyle Williams, Kevin Jurovich, Tyler Beiler.
WR -- Josh Morgan, Ronald Johnson, Lance Long, Joe Hastings, Chris Hogan.
(Truth be told, because of the different receiver combinations shuttled in, it's difficult to differentiate who's lining up with which groups.
TE -- Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Colin Cloherty, Konrad Reuland.
LT -- Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Donovan Edwards.
LG -- Mike Iupati, Daniel Kilgore, Chase Beeler.
C -- Adam Snyder, Jonathan Goodwin, Tony Wragge.
RG -- Chilo Rachal, Tony Wragge, Derek Hall.
RT -- Anthony Davis, Mike Person, Kenny Wiggins.Defense
LDE -- Ray McDonald, Brian Bulcke.
NT -- Ricky Jean Francois, Ian Williams.
RDE -- Justin Smith, Demarcus Dobbs.
LOLB -- Parys Haralson, Antwan Applewhite, Monte Simmons.
ILB -- Patrick Willis, Alex Joseph
ILB -- (NaVorro Bowman), Larry Grant, Blake Costanzo.
ROLB -- Aldon Smith, Thaddeus Gibson, Kenny Rowe.
LCB -- Carlos Rogers, Chris Culliver.
RCB -- Tarell Brown, Tramaine Brock, Phillip Adams.
S -- Reggie Smith, Curtis Taylor, Chris Maragos.
S -- C.J. Spillman, Madieu Williams, Taylor Mays.Next practice: The 49ers are scheduled for another three-hour practice open to the general public, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The team has a day off scheduled for Sunday.

Shanahan expects 'everyone in our building to be pissed off' after loss to Denver

Shanahan expects 'everyone in our building to be pissed off' after loss to Denver

After a couple of practices and one exhibition game against the Denver Broncos, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan once again came to the realization things are often not as good or bad as they seem.

That was his takeaway a day after the 49ers provided the Broncos with five giveaways to go along with 11 penalties in a 33-14 loss at Levi’s Stadium.

“But when I get in and watch the tape, it wasn’t quite as bad as it felt,” Shanahan said Sunday on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “When you look at each situation, especially when you talk about the ones on offense, it takes 11 guys to execute a play, and if you have one guy off a little bit, it breaks down.”

A couple of passes that could have been caught, a ball that slipped out of quarterback Brian Hoyer’s hand and some other correctable errors gives Shanahan reason to be optimistic.

When he spoke to the media on Saturday night after the game, Shanahan was clearly upset with how his 90-man team performed. He was asked a day later if it was a relief to watch the film and come to the conclusion that not everything was a total disaster.

“It’s not really relief,” Shanahan quipped. “It’s kind of my life story.

“We put a lot into it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a scrimmage, practice or preseason. I try to compose myself by the time I talk to you guys (the media) after practice. But I’m pretty pissed after practice when it doesn’t go well. We’re competitive guys and we want everything to be perfect. That’s why most of the time I’m not that happy.”

Shanahan said he expects everyone in the organization to hold themselves to the same high standard.

“Whenever you go out to a game like that, you want to win, you want to play well,” he said. “And you turn the ball over like that and you have the penalties that we did, I’m definitely going to be pissed off and I expect everyone in our building to be pissed off. If they’re not, that’s when I would be worried.”

Shanahan said he had the opposite feeling after the practice Wednesday against the Broncos that looked like a decisive win for the 49ers. Upon review, Shanahan said he felt there was still a lot of room for improvement.

“I thought things seemed real good at practice our first day versus them,” he said. “Then, I go in and watch the film and it was good but not quite as good as I felt when I was out there.”

49ers could get presumptive starting free safety back soon

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49ers could get presumptive starting free safety back soon

The 49ers could get their presumptive starting free safety back on the field this week.

Jimmie Ward, who has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list since sustaining a hamstring injury during a conditioning test on the eve of training camp, will go through strenuous workouts Monday and Tuesday.

Ward could be cleared to return to practice as early as Wednesday, when the club is scheduled to hold its next practice.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Sunday in a conference call with reporters that defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley will will pace him through a football-related workout on Monday and Tuesday.

"Hopefully, we'll get him ready to go by Wednesday," Shanahan said.

The 49ers envision Ward, a first-round draft pick in 2014, as a major contributor in the team’s new 4-3 scheme, which is based on Seattle’s defense. With strong safety Eric Reid playing close to the line of scrimmage, Ward will play the deep safety – a role that Earl Thomas has played for the Seahawks.

In Ward’s absence, undrafted rookie safety Lorenzo Jerome started the 49ers’ first two exhibition games and appears to have played his way into solid position for a spot on the 53-man roster.

"Lorenzo has done a good job," Shanahan said. "I think a couple of times he's ran around and been a ballhawk for us and made some tackles. I thought they caught him a few times out of position last night on a few play-action looks because he's been so aggressive. He's going to have to learn from those, but they never made him pay for those by going outside."

QUICK SLANTS
--The 49ers will have days off on Monday and Tuesday as they settle into their regular-season routine.

--Shanahan said he has been formulating ideas for the game plan against Carolina in Week 1 of the regular season. So as the 49ers play the exhibition games, they are mindful of not showing too much.

"I never get too far away from that," Shanahan said. "Everything we put into a preseason game, you always try to take into account what you’re going to be doing in the regular season."

--Shanahan said he thought No. 1 quarterback Brian Hoyer "did a good job." He said the first throw intended for Vance McDonald over the middle was thrown a little late.

"Besides that, I thought he did a good job with his reads and went to the right spots," Shanahan said.

Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard also was on-point with his reads, Shanahan said.

--Eli Harold got the start Saturday night at outside linebacker position, as he competes with Ahmad Brooks for a job.

"I try to go off what I see in practice," Shanahan said. "You want to know who has more upside, things like that. Who's going to get better throughout the year if given the opportunity? But you also want to know, when it's all said and done, who is going to affect your win-loss record the most. Those are the things I look at personally."

--Former 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin announced his retirement on Sunday. Shanahan never coached him, but he was obviously a big fan.

"I've personally met Anquan or talked to him before, but he has been one of my favorites of all time," Shanahan said. "I love Anquan. I don't know him at all, but I feel like I do because I've always studied how he plays. I remember watching him in college when he came into Florida State as a quarterback and moved quickly to receiver his freshman year.

"And I remember him coming into the league and people thinking he wouldn't be as great because he didn't have a fast 40 time. And watching him play over the years. That's my definition of a football player. He's as violent of a receiver as there is, and I've always truly believed that receivers can really set the mentality of an offense. I feel lineman have no choice, they have to be tough. Running backs, if you're not tough, you're not going to make it in this league because you get hit every play. Quarterbacks got to hang in there. Receivers are the guys who can pick and choose a little bit. And when you have guys who play like Anquan, that just brings a whole different mentality to your offense that I think usually leads to teams that have chances to win Super Bowls."