Crabtree arrives, Smith closes 49ers camp to media


Crabtree arrives, Smith closes 49ers camp to media

June 6, 201149ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEO
UPDATED: 1:30 p.m.

Editor's note: We'll update this page throughout the day with news from the 49ers' unofficial workouts.Mindi Bach

SAN JOSE -- Wide receive Michael Crabtree spoke for a few minutes while leaving Spartan Stadium on Monday, indicating he's been in the Bay Area for last three months. Crabtree said he's always worked out by himself, but when there's a team function, he's always been in attendance.

Vernon Davis, another of the team's offensive standouts, said that quarterback Alex Smith, who organized the unofficial minicamp, was running everything -- even going over video and working out plays on the whiteboard "like a coach would."

The issue of closing the practice was somewhat resolved, with word that players will open practice to the media for 30 minutes Tuesday, from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Running back Anthony Dixon said he has been working out at Mississippi State and in Jackson, Miss. during lockout. He's bunking with Anthony Davis this week.

UPDATED: 11:45 a.m.
Smith and David Carr are taking most of the snaps. Colin Kaepernick has yet to throw. The unofficial tally of players is 24, with 19 of them from the offensive side of the ball.

According to a San Jose State University spokesperson the players contributed to the Spartan Foundation as compensationappreciation for the use of the facilities.

Regarding the practice closure, security guards were asked by Alex Smith to request that the media leave Spartan Stadium. Media members said they were not inclined to leave, citing the fact that it was a public university.

That prompted Smith to come over himself and emphasize that this not an issue he was going to relent on. Bottom line: Smith indicated that they would not begin workouts until the stadium was clear.

He literally walked the media out, pleasantly but firmly.

There are four offensive lineman working on their own. Smith is working with receivers and running backs, going through set plays and formations.

The defensive players finished running the steps and headed to the weight room.

Even though the practice is closed, there's a partial view of the field from the north end of the stadium. We'll stay on site and report what we can.

UPDATED: 11 a.m.
Alex Smith has told the media that Monday's workouts at San Jose State's Spartan Stadium are closed to the public. A handful of media members voiced a protest, but Smith held firm. He indicated that the workout could possibly be open to the media on Thursday.

Running backs on the field are Anthony Dixon and Moran Norris. No sign of Frank Gore yet.

A group of defensive players is also in the mix. Confirmed are: Justin Smith, Parys Haralson, Isaac Sopoaga and Ray McDonald.

UPDATED: 10:30 a.m.
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree was among the notable arrivals in the South Bay Monday morning as an Alex Smith-organized, players-only minicamp got under way.

Players did not immediately take the field. The first item on the agenda was a classroom session.

Other attendees included: Anthony Dixon, Anthony Davis, Ted Ginn Jr., Mike Iupati, Dominque Ziegler, Vernon Davis, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Staley and Adam Snyder.

Jets sign former 49ers wide receiver

Jets sign former 49ers wide receiver

Quinton Patton signed with the Jets on Thursday, the team announced.

The 49ers selected the wide receiver in the fourth round (128th overall) of the 2013 draft.

He caught just three passes in each of his first two seasons in San Francisco.

In 2015, he registered 30 catches for 394 yards and one touchdown.

Last season, he recorded 408 receiving yards on 37 receptions.

In the 49ers Week 14 loss to the Jets, Patton caught four passes for 31 yards.

Patton visited New York last weekend.

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.