Harbaugh: 49ers open camp with five No. 1 receivers

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Harbaugh: 49ers open camp with five No. 1 receivers

SANTA CLARA -- Randy Moss is not the 49ers' best wide receiver, coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday.Instead, Harbaugh in his camp-opening press conference claimed the 49ers have five receivers tied for that honor.Former Raiders quarterback and current SiriusXM NFL radio personalty Rich Gannon recently on the air relayed a conversation he had with Harbaugh. Gannon said that Harbaugh informed him Moss was the team's best receiver.Harbaugh disputed Gannon's version of their conversation."The way that was reported was misunderstood," Harbaugh said Friday. "What I said -- and I remember the conversation vividly -- I was describing Randy having the fastest time in a specific drill on a specific day of the offseason OTAs."What we have here on this team, really, we've got five guys who are No. 1 receivers as we go into camp. It will play out what the roles are, who the starters are, who the backups, the contributors. We've got five guys tied for first."The five players Harbaugh mentioned are the veterans: Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams.Rookie A.J. Jenkins has to earn his way onto that list. Jenkins had a quiet first day of camp with no receptions during the 49ers' 11-on-11 sessions. Crabtree picked up where he left off with an impressive opening to camp. He had several receptions during the team's 7-on-7 sessions.But Crabtree sat out the final 20 minutes of practice with an apparent ankle injury. After being examined by the team's staff, Moss came over, took a knee beside him to check on his condition. The injury did not appear to be serious. Crabtree left the field under his own power but was walking gingerly. His status for Saturday's practice is not known.This could be the first full training camp in which Crabtree and Alex Smith will get a chance to work with each other. Smith said big strides were made during the offseason months.
"He had such a great spring and summer," Smith said. "I think just keep doing what he's doing, what we're doing. I felt like he had a great offseason. And I think just continue to work hard. The guy does so many things, he can do so many things. You need a guy in that sense to just keep getting better, more consistent and just continue to strive to get better." The first day of camp opened the way the 49ers' offseason program began: With no question Smith is the team's best quarterback. Smith looked sharp, including two well-thrown deep balls to Moss during one-on-one sessions. The other quarterbacks -- Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien -- were not as sharp. The 49ers signed massive guard Leonard Davis on the eve of camp. He is a man with 155 career regular-season starts, and he could challenge Alex Boone for the starting job at right guard."I loved his comments (Thursday)," Harbaugh said. "When asked about competing, he said he wouldn't be here if he wasn't here to compete, so I thought that was spot-on and (I) take the man at his word."Leonard told us and he talked about being comfortable at either (guard) spot. And I think that's something that would be valuable for our team, for him to be able to play both spots. He's played a little more on the left side, but I think being prepared to do both would be great for him and us." When asked if his time away from football last year gave him more appreciation for the game, Moss answered, "No, because the reason I walked away from the game wasn't really to do with the game. One thing that I have learned is that people don't like the truth. So I'll just wait until my book comes out just to see why I did walk away from the game for a year."Moss quipped as he left the podium that his book can be expected in 10 or 15 years.

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

First-year coach Kyle Shanahan is close to completing his 49ers coaching staff.

Shanahan will handle the duties of the offensive coordinator, the position he held with Houston, Washington and Atlanta over the past nine NFL seasons.

Robert Saleh is the 49ers' new defensive coordinator, while Richard Hightower has been hired as the special-teams coordiator.

Here's a look at the 49ers' coaching staffs under Shanahan and last season under Chip Kelly:

2017 49ERS COACHING STAFF
Position: Coach (2016 job)
Head coach: Kyle Shanahan (Falcons, offensive coordinator)
Defensive coordinator: Robert Saleh (Jaguars, linebackers coach)
Special teams coordinator: Richard Hightower (Bears, assistant special teams)
Assistant head coach/tight ends: Jon Embree (Buccaneers, tight ends)
Run game specialist: Mike McDaniel (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Quarterbacks: Rich Scangarello (Wagner, offensive coordinator)
Running backs: Bobby Turner (Falcons, running backs)
Wide receivers: Mike LaFleur (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Offensive line: Vacant
Offensive assistant: T.C. McCartney (LSU, offensive assistant)
Senior defensive assistant: Jason Tarver (49ers, outside linebackers)
Defensive line: Jeff Zgonina (N.Y. Giants, assistant defensive line)
Linebackers: Johnny Holland (Browns, inside linebackers)
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Offensive quality control: Taylor Embree (Chiefs, defensive assistant)
Defensive quality control: Bobby Slowik
Head strength and conditioning: Ray Wright

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2016 49ERS COACHING STAFF
Position: Coach (current status)
Head coach: Chip Kelly
Offensive coordinator: Curtis Modkins (Bears, running backs)
Defensive coordinator: Jim O’Neil
Special teams coordinator: Derius Swinton
Quarterbacks: Ryan Day (Ohio State, quarterbacks)
Running backs: Tom Rathman
Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell
Tight ends: Jeff Nixon (Baylor, co-offensive coordinator/running backs)
Offensive line: Pat Flaherty (Jaguars, offensive line)
Assistant offensive line: Eric Wolford (South Carolina, offensive line)
Defensive line: Jerry Azzinaro (Cal, defensive line)
Assistant defensive line: Vince Oghobaase
Outside linebackers: Jason Tarver (49ers, senior defensive assistant)
Inside linebacker: Joe Bowden
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Assistant defensive backs: Roy Anderson (Bears, assistant secondary)
Assistant special teams: Michael Clay
Offensive quality control: Mick Lombardi (Jets, offensive assistant/assistant QBs coach)
Defensive quality control: Tem Lukabu
Senior analyst: Dana Bible
Director of human performance: Mark Uyeyama

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

John Benton, who coached on the same staff during Kyle Shanahan’s four seasons with the Houston Texans, has reportedly received permission from the Denver Broncos to interview with the 49ers.

The Broncos hired Benton on Jan. 15 to work as the team’s assistant offensive line coach under line coach Jeff Davidson.

But Denver coach Vance Joseph and general manager John Elway provided Benton permission to interview with the 49ers, Denver’s 9News reported. The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were looking at Benton.

The offensive line coach is the last major position that remains vacant on Shanahan’s staff.

Benton worked last season as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Shanahan’s first NFL coaching job was with Houston in 2006, when he coached wide receivers. Shanahan became the quarterbacks coach with the Texans in 2007 before spending the next two seasons as offensive coordinator under then-coach Gary Kubiak.

The 49ers announced nine additions to the coaching staff on Friday.

Also, the 49ers are expected to hire Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, according to The Sporting News. Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.