Maiocco: Wrapping up 49ers' Camp Alex 2.0


Maiocco: Wrapping up 49ers' Camp Alex 2.0

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SAN JOSE -- It could be the end of an era that nobody will want to see repeated.Today is the final day of Camp Alex 2.0 at San Jose State, and there is optimism that this will be the last time a player-organized workout will be necessary.There is little doubt the team's offense benefited greatly from these Alex Smith-led sessions, which were designed to get the players familiarized with the 49ers' new playbook.
Receiver Kevin Jurovich estimates that if there are 100 different formations in the playbook, the skill-position players have already a pretty good understanding of 75 of them.The players know the basics of the playbook. So, when the lockout is lifted, coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman do not have to spend a lot of time on the absolute basics of the offense.Receiver Lance Long, who caught 20 passes with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, and tight end Colin Cloherty, who spent time with the Indianapolis Colts last season, both spent time on the 49ers' practice squad last season. They are under contract to the 49ers for the upcoming year. Neither player participated in the first Camp Alex, but both are here this week.MAIOCCO: 49ers' skill positions well-represented
I witnessed a brief film session after a workout earlier this week. Smith was watching film of the just-completed workout, while Long and Cloherty were hanging on Smith's every word. When there was some confusion while Long and Cloherty tried to identify the formation on the screen, Smith quickly pointed out that one of the veteran players had lined up in the wrong spot. That was an error that would be addressed the next morning in the film session.These get-togethers have been invaluable. After all, when the official practices begin, the 49ers will not have much time to waste to get ready for the regular season.Updates from Camp Alexwill be posted here throughout the day.UPDATE at 1:57 p.m.:
Alex Smith said there will not be a need for another get-together if the lockout is settled within the next couple weeks.Also, he said he will consider sending the practice film to 49ers coaches, but offered an optimistic view, "If the thing ends soon enough, it's kind of a moot point."Smith said he virtually tapped out his knowledge of the new playbook during the sessions. This morning, Smith gave his teammates a quiz on the offense. The winner, Smith said, was receiver Kevin Jurovich.UPDATE at 12:49 p.m.:
The players meet at midfield after running 32 plays, and thus Camp Alex draws to an end.
UPDATE at 12:25 p.m.:
The practice snaps are being divided equally among the three quarterbacks. The offensive linemen are not on the field today.
UPDATE at 12:05 p.m.:
Kicker Joe Nedney stopped by to greet his teammates, but there's not much for him to do here. "My holder is in South Carolina, and my long-snapper is in Phoenix," Nedney said.UPDATE at 11:52 a.m.:
On the other side of the field are the same three defensive players -- Justin Smith, Parys Haralson and Ray McDonald -- getting in the typical workout.UPDATE 11:49 a.m.:
Alex Smith said today's on-field workout will be shorter than usual. Several players left town after the Thursday workout.The players on the field today are QBs Smith, David Carr and Colin Kaepernick, RBs Anthony Dixon and Bruce Miller, WRs Josh Morgan, Kyle Williams, Ronald Johnson and Kevin Jurovich; and TEs Nate Byham and Colin Cloherty.UPDATE at 11:45 a.m.:
Rookie seventh-round draft pick Bruce Miller, who is making the conversion from defensive end, made his first appearance to work with his new 49ers teammates.Miller said there were initial injury concerns about joining the workouts, but he said he felt he needed to begin learning the playbook as the lockout continued."There's a lot of information; a lot of things I'm hearing for the first time; so I'm just trying to take in as much as I can," Miller said.Miller spent the early part of this week at the rookie seminar in Florida and testifying in a court case. He arrived in San Jose on Thursday night and plans to spend a few more days in the Bay Area before heading back to his residence in Atlanta.

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

SANTA CLARA – Safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season, will not continue the protest this season.

Reid said Wednesday they achieved their goal of bringing attention to racial inequality in the United States.

“When we started doing that, our goal was to open up the floor to conversation. I believe we’ve achieved that goal,” Reid said. “So now we just want to move forward and just partner with people that’s trying to make a change.

“We accomplished that goal. People talked about it. I think we raised a lot of awareness about issues in this country. And now it’s time to move on to just affecting change.”

Reid and Harold are back with the 49ers, while Kaepernick remains a free agent. The 49ers have expressed no interest in retaining Kaepernick after opting to sign free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, instead.

“I stay in touch with him,” Reid said of Kaepernick. “I’m rooting for him. Obviously, he isn’t on a team, yet, but I’m rooting for him but hopefully he gets that call after the draft.

“It’s surprising. You see some of the other quarterbacks that have been signed around the league and why he hasn’t been, it’s just unfortunate.”

When asked if thought Kaepernick was paying the price for his protest, Reid answered, “I think so. It’s unfortunate, it’s sad. People want to shy away from him because of media, PR reasons.

“You’re doing something to better the world. I mean, the guy got a plane sent to Somalia to help with the famine there. He’s been doing things that if it were anybody else in a different situation without the anthem (protest), they’d be praising him and giving him awards for it.”


Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

SANTA CLARA – NaVorro Bowman, who sustained a season-ending torn Achilles in Week 4 of the 2016 season, has been a full participant as the 49ers return to the practice field this week.

Bowman worked with the first team at middle linebacker Wednesday and appeared to move at top speed as the 49ers went through the second day of on-field workouts at a voluntary minicamp.

The 49ers, under new coach Kyle Shanahan, are allowed an extra voluntary minicamp as part of their offseason program. Bowman's return to the practice field was the highlight as the 49ers enter their third-week of the offseason program.

In other notes:

--The 49ers had tryouts with three unsigned veteran players: cornerback Steve Williams, and offensive linemen Tim Barnes and Kitt O’Brien.

--Wide receiver DeAndre Carter made the best catch of the day on a deep throw from quarterback Matt Barkley. Carter beat Williams on the reception.

--Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who is a candidate to play the “Leo” position, was held out of competitive drills as he continues to recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

--Ronald Blair lined up at the “Leo” position with the first-team defense and beat No. 2 right tackle Garry Gilliam for a sack in the “non-contract” drills. Aaron Lynch was at the “Leo” position with the second team.

--Tank Carradine lined up at the 5-technique, which is a position where the 49ers could target Stanford’s Solomon Thomas with the No. 2 overall pick.

--Kyle Juszczyk showed the versatility that prompted the 49ers to make him the highest-paid fullback in the league with several pass receptions during the 90-minute practice.

--Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson lined up at the cornerbacks with the first-team defense. Robinson made a leaping interception of a Brian Hoyer deep sideline pass against Rashad Ross during 7-on-7 drills.

--Hoyer and receiver Pierre Garçon teamed up for a 20-yard completion on the opening play of the 11-on-11 period.

--Wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who spent all of last season on injured reserve, did not practice due to a soft-tissue injury not related to his hamstring injury of a year ago.

--Offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah (soft tissue), tight end Je’Ron Hamm (leg), running back Raheem Mostert (soft tissue), linebacker Eli Harold (toe) and tight end Blake Bell (cut forehead) did not practice.