49ers top draft pick Aldon Smith said he is still trying to get comfortable standing up and adjusting from playing the defensive line at Missouri, where he usually had a hand on the ground at every snap.
Things looked good after Ahmad Brooks' pick-six put S.F. up early in its game with Houston. Matt Maiocco scours the defensive side of the ball and looks at each player involved in the 49ers' 30-7 loss to the Texans.
The 49ers were surely counting on Smith for major contributions after they selected him with the No. 7 overall pick and converted him from a DE at Missouri to an outside linebacker. It may take some time.
The third exhibition game is generally seen as the closest thing to the regular season. Well, the 49ers demonstrated they have a lot of work to accomplish before the season opener against the Seahawks.
Here's a quarter-by-quarter look at what to expect in the 49ers' third exhibition game.
It has been a long road back for 49ers cornerback Phillip Adams, who sustained the Buster Posey injury five months before Buster Posey.
Frank Gore's frustration has grown to the point that those around him say they've never seen the 49ers' running back as frustrated as he's been over the past couple weeks.
Conventional wisdom suggests the third exhibition game is the time to get your starters ready for the regular season, but Jim Harbaugh's plan is to learn more about his backups, specifically QB Colin Kaepernick.
Colin Kaepernick will get into the game as early as the 49ers' third offensive possession. And, then, Smith might return the favor and replace Kaepernick.
What's on the minds of hard-core 49ers fans? What are the pressing questions in training camp? Like the postman, Insider Matt Maiocco delivers in rain, sleet, hail, or NorCal fog.
Safety Taylor Mays was on the 49ers practice field Monday afternoon for the final time. Hours later, the 49ers dealt him to Cincinnati, marking the third player to move to the Bengals from San Francisco this offseason.
Frank Gore loves wearing the red and gold and hopes to play his whole career in San Francisco.
Alex Smith definitely showed progress from the opener in New Orleans, and rookie RB Kendall Hunter had an all-around outstanding game against the Raiders on Saturday. What about the rest of the 49ers' offense?
The 49ers' defense recorded two interceptions, three sacks and surrendered just 214 yards of total offense in a 17-3 victory over the Raiders in the second exhibition game.