First half: 49ers 21, Chargers 0


First half: 49ers 21, Chargers 0

SAN FRANCISCO -- The entire 49ers defense and most of the team's offensive skill players got the night off.Quarterback Alex Smith got the start and played five snaps. He handed off five times and then exited without attempting a pass.And then he handed things off to backup Colin Kaepernick.Those who used their tickets to attend the exhibition finale Thursday night at Candlestick Park witnessed Kaepernick's best performance since he traded in his Nevada uniform for the 49ers' threads.Kaepernick threw his first two touchdown passes in his seven career exhibition games in an impressive first half of action. Kaepernick completed 12 of 18 attempts in the first half for 158 yards.
Demonstrating his extraordinary arm strength, Kaepernick rolled left and threw a dart for a 32-yard touchown pass to Delanie Walker in the first quarter. And in the second quarter, moving to his right, he hit rookie A.J. Jenkins with a 12-yard scoring pass.Running back Anthony Dixon opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run behind a block by fullback Will Tukuafu.The 49ers led 21-0 at the half.Here's the unofficial snap-by-snap breakdown on offense and defense (players are listed by order in which they came into the game at a particular position):Offense
QB: Alex Smith 5, Colin Kaepernick 28.
RB: Kendall Hunter 7, Bruce Miller 2, LaMichael James 17, Anthony Dixon, 9, Will Tukuafu 10, Rock Cartwright 2.
WR: Brett Swain 30, A.J. Jenkins 28, Nathan Palmer 11, Chris Owusu 2.
TE: Vernon Davis 3, Delanie Walker 7, Konrad Reuland 14, Garrett Celek 16.
LT: Joe Staley 11, Mike Person 22.
LG: Mike Iupati 11, Joe Looney 22.
C: Jonathan Goodwin 11, Daniel Kilgore 22.
RG: Alex Boone 11, Leonard Davis 22.
RT: Anthony Davis 11, Kenny Wiggins 22.Defense
The 49ers' second-team defense started and played two series. Here's a list of the defenders who saw action in the first half:
LE: Will Tukuafu, Tony Jerod-Eddie
NT: Ian Williams
RE: Ricky Jean Francois, Tony Jerod-Eddie
LOLB: Ikaika Alama-Francis, Cam Johnson
ILB: Larry Grant, Michael Wilhoite
ILB: Tavares Gooden
ROLB: Eric Bakhtiari, Kenny Rowe
LCB: Chris Culliver, Tramaine Brock
RCB: Perrish Cox, Anthony Mosley
SS: C.J. Spillman, Darcel McBath
FS: Trenton Robinson
Nickel: Perrish Cox, Michael Thomas

49ers receive early vindication on selection of Reuben Foster

49ers receive early vindication on selection of Reuben Foster

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch received the text message Wednesday from Dr. Tim McAdams that might have come as a surprise to many of the teams that passed on linebacker Reuben Foster during the draft.

The 49ers’ team physician declared Foster’s surgically repaired right shoulder is ready to play football. The 49ers are scheduled for their first practice of training camp on Friday, and Foster will be a full participant.

“We feel great about our doctors, our medical program here,” Lynch said on Thursday, as the 49ers reported to training camp. “Our trainer, Jeff Ferguson, is as good as there is in the league. Dr. McAdams, world-renowned. He has the Stanford name behind him.

“We challenged him numerous times. From his observation, the shoulder was good.”

Foster’s tumble to the back end of the first round was widely blamed on his shoulder condition. The 49ers traded with the Seattle Seahawks to select Foster with the No. 31 overall pick. Almost immediately, the 49ers were scrutinized for making the selection.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported some teams did not even consider drafting Foster. One “well-placed source with knowledge of the injury” told Schefter that Foster’s surgery “didn’t take.”

The 49ers’ willingness to clear Foster for the first day of camp is a reality that appears to be in stark contrast to the opinions around the league that Foster’s shoulder would require additional surgery. The 49ers expect Foster to be ready Sunday for the first padded, contact practice of training camp.

“We pride ourselves in doing all of our due diligence, not afterward, but before we make the decisions,” Lynch said. “We’d done exhaustive research on Reuben Foster in a lot of different areas. Medically was one area.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he the nature of Foster’s injury convinced him that even the worst-case scenario, in the big picture, was not so bad. Foster sustained a torn rotator cuff in Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington and played the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

“I was proud of our doctors for putting themselves out there and giving their honest opinion about what they felt,” Shanahan said. “They feel it is healed, and it’s going to be good. I respect them for doing that. They went against the norm on that, and that isn’t always easy.

“(I’m) pretty confident when it is a shoulder injury, if it doesn’t heal the right way or it’s done wrong, you have to re-do a surgery, yes, it’s time, but it’s not going to affect the guy we saw on tape.”

John Lynch concerned about 49ers' top pick Thomas


John Lynch concerned about 49ers' top pick Thomas

On April 27, the 49ers selected Solomon Thomas with the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

As of Thursday afternoon, he remains unsigned.

49ers general manager John Lynch addressed the media on Thursday and was asked about the defensive lineman's status.

Thomas missed most of the 49ers' offseason program because NFL rules stipulate that rookies who have not completed their undergraduate degrees are ineligible to join on a full-time basis until after their schools' final classes of the spring semester.

Stanford's late schedule put Thomas a little behind schedule.

“We have our iPads, so I’ll be able to watch film from that,” Thomas said in mid-May. “I talk to Josh (Garnett) quite a bit, and he’ll give me advice on how to go through this process – how to stay in touch, just keep learning along the way and keep progressing along the way.”