49ers camp report: Smith hogs first-team reps


49ers camp report: Smith hogs first-team reps

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Practice No. 13
Summary: Quarterback Alex Smith got nearly twice as many practice snaps than rookie Colin Kaepernick during another three-hour padded practice Monday afternoon. During 11-on-11 work, Smith took 40 snaps with the first-team offense, while Kaepernick took just four. Kaepernick took 17 snaps with the second-team offense. The 49ers showed some new looks along the offensive line, as Adam Snyder got first-team snaps at center but he also saw his first action at right guard. Backup left tackle Alex Boone, who has seemingly solidified his spot on the roster, saw his first action at right tackle. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said the 49ers will play their best five offensive linemen, and moving players around is part of the process. "It's (also) contingency planning and a natural residue of competition," Roman said. "I don't think we've built the combinations of seven or eight guys to really give us a true picture. I don't think everybody has had a fair opportunity to play together at this point."Offensive Plays of the day: Working against the second-team offense, Smith found receivers Josh Morgan and Ted Ginn Jr. on deep post patterns during a productive three-play period.RELATED: Crabtree in sneakers shows progress
Defensive Play of the day: Linebacker Patrick Willis went high in the air about 20 yards over the middle to intercept a Kaepernick pass intended for newly added tight end Nate Lawrie. Willis brought the ball back down the right sideline for what would've been a touchdown return.
Injury report: CB Carlos Rogers, CB Shawntae Spencer (left hamstring), FS Reggie Smith and RB Anthony Dixon (left ankle) did not practice. . . . WR Chris Hogan (left ankle) and TE Colin Cloherty did not practice. . . . WR Michael Crabtree (left foot) and WR Dominique Zeigler (left knee) are on physically-unable-to-perform list. . . . TE Nate Byham (torn left ACL) is out for the season. WR Dontavia Bogan (torn right ACL) and CB Curtis Holcomb (ruptured left Achilles tendon) have been placed on injured reserve.Returning to work: K David Akers did not practice Sunday at Candlestick Park, and he showed up about 30 minutes into practice Monday. Akers testified early Monday in Texas that he lost 3.7 million investing with Triton Financial chief executive Kurt Barton, who is on trial in federal court on charges he defrauded investors of 50 million through a Ponzi scheme. "I've had a lot of sleepless nights," said Akers, as reported by the Austin Statesman. "As I said, this is my family's future. I said that to Kurt a lot of times. I said, 'Man, I'm trusting in you.'"Play to forget: Everything went wrong for the 49ers' first team offense on one play during practice. First, they could not get the play snaps on time. Then, a couple second after the 40-second play clock expired, Snyder bounced his shotgun snap to Smith. After gathering in the ball, Smith's pass was intercepted by rookie cornerback Chris Culliver.Personnel report: The 49ers waived OLB Thaddeus Gibson. The 49ers originally acquired Gibson after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers drafted Gibson in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.Tying up loose ends: Receiver Michael Crabtree is no longer wearing the orthopedic boot on his left foot that he has worn since reporting to training camp with an injury and being placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list. "He's doing everything he can to get right, physically," Roman said. "We're looking forward to when he gets healthy. . . . Our meetings are very interactive, and he's very much a part of those meetings. John Morton, our receivers coach, is very, very thorough. Whether you're injured or hurt, or first team, third team, he always gets the guys prepared. Michael is right where he needs to be right now."MAIOCCO: How Culpepper would fit in with 49ers
Notable: Veteran quarterback Daunte Culpepper worked out for the 49ers on Monday morning, had lunch in the team cafeteria and remained in the South Bay into the evening. The team has yet to make an announcement whether he has been signed. One of the players who caught passes from Culpepper was Lawrie, who spent last year as a teammate of Culpepper's with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL. "That's something I got to do a lot last year in the UFL," Lawrie said. "So it's familiar. He threw it well today. . . . "He's got a ton of experience and a lot of success in this league. The guy can play. He can throw the ball, and that's what it all boils down to."Quotable: "Jim Harbaugh said, 'We're not going there to win, we're going there to get better.' And I think we got better because we saw what we need to work on and we're about to fix that today and this week" -- 49ers TE Delanie Walker on the exhibition opener Friday night against the New Orleans Saints.Next practice: The 49ers are scheduled for another three-hour practice Tuesday, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

49ers release Ian Williams

49ers release Ian Williams

The 49ers on Thursday released nose tackle Ian Williams off the reserve/non-football injury list with an injury settlement.

The move, which was disclosed on the NFL, daily transaction report, is a procedural move, according to sources. It allows the 49ers to provide Williams with more compensation than he would have received if he had remained on reserve/non-football injury for the entire season. The move does not preclude the 49ers from re-signing Williams in the future.

The 49ers originally agreed to a five-year contract extension with Williams in the offseason. However, the contract was amended to a one-year deal after he underwent a team physical after undergoing surgery on his left leg.

Williams, 26, is a five-year NFL veteran. He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame in 2011.

He played his first 16-game season in 2015. He ranked third on the 49ers with 85 total tackles, according to the stats compiled by the coaching staff.

Williams took over as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle in 2013 after the free-agent departure of Isaac Sopoaga.

But he started just 10 games over the next two seasons due to two fractures of his lower leg.

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense

Chip Kelly's offense with the 49ers is his slowest-paced version of his four NFL seasons.


“I think that’s what fits with this group of guys we have on the offensive side of the ball,” Kelly said this week.

Kelly did not expound on that thought. But it could be safe to assume his thinking is the same reason why it does not make sense to enter a Ford Pinto to race against pro stock dragsters.

The 49ers’ offense is running more plays this season. The 49ers snap the ball every 24.4 seconds on offense. That’s down from 26.1 seconds last season, and 29.7 seconds in Jim Harbaugh’s final season in 2014.

Last season in Philadelphia, Kelly’s team snapped the ball every 22.6 seconds. In Kelly’s final season at Oregon in 2012, the Ducks snapped the ball every 20.5 seconds.

“I don’t think we’re playing fast right now,” Kelly said. “So if someone said, ‘How are you playing offensively?’ I don’t think we’re playing fast offensively. I think we’re just not going back (to huddle). We’re saving seven yards of run time for our offensive line because they don’t have to run back in the huddle, get a play called and then do it.

“We’re just calling it at the line of scrimmage. So I think it’s a lot of what Denver used to do when Peyton (Manning) was there. But there’s a lot of times that we’re under 15 seconds when we’re snapping the ball and getting the play off. So we’re not playing fast and we’re not calling tempo-type plays in those situations. We’re just calling plays.”

Kelly said part of the problem is that the 49ers are not converting third downs. The team has a 36.3 percent success rate on third downs, which is actually an improvement over the 30.5 percent success of last season.

But the 49ers’ overall lack of offensive success this season cannot be camouflaged.

The 49ers are averaging just 4.5 yards per play. The 49ers have not averaged fewer than 5 yards per play since 2007, when Alex Smith sustained a shoulder injury and was replaced by Trent Dilfer.

While the 49ers are running more offensive plays than it has in the past, so is the opposition. The 49ers have averaged 64.3 plays per game. The 49ers have defended 69.9 plays per game – only 2.3 more plays than last season but 8.1 more plays than in 2014.

The biggest problem for the offense has been its run defense. The league’s worst run defense has surrendered 185.1 yards per game and is on pace to give up 2,962 yards this season, which would be the most in the NFL since the 1980 New Orleans Saints yielded 3,106 rushing yards.