Practice 14: 49ers rave about joint practices with Ravens

Practice 14: 49ers rave about joint practices with Ravens
August 11, 2014, 12:15 pm
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To get short yardage, to get goal line, to get red zone, to get two minute before the half, two minute at the end of a game, move the ball from mid field, field goals, punts ... to get most all of them in a weekend is a tremendous advantage.
Jim Harbaugh

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OWINGS MILLS, Maryland – Over the course of three practices, there was a lot of work accomplished without any altercations on the practice field.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh agreed to a practice on the third day that consisted of players wearing shells – a departure from the fully padded work of the first two days.

The 49ers came to the East Coast to face the Ravens in an exhibition game Thursday night. The 49ers’ starting offense played just seven snaps. They got infinite more work accomplished in the practices that followed.

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“To get short yardage, to get goal line, to get red zone, to get two minute before the half, two minute at the end of a game, move the ball from mid field, field goals, punts, you don’t get all those situations through the course of a preseason game with your ones,” Jim Harbaugh said at the conclusion of the joint practices. “And to be able to get most all of them in a weekend is a tremendous advantage.”


Jim Harbaugh raved about the hospitality the Ravens showed the 49ers, and said he heard nobody on the 49ers complain about anything during their stay in the Baltimore suburbs.

John Harbaugh said he felt like his team got “a week-plus worth of work” crammed into the three days of practices.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick said the 49ers’ offense benefited greatly from the opportunity to match up against one of the top teams in the AFC instead of the intra-squad work that is the norm during training camp.

“They have a lot of great players over there,” Kaepernick said. “Obviously, their front is always very good – great disguise team, a lot of different blitzes, a lot of different looks.

“The competition level is higher. You’re going against guys you’re not going to be playing with on Sundays, so you get different looks, you get different players, you get different techniques from them. So you have to pick up all those things in practice like you would in a game.”

Here are some notes, highlights and observations from the final day of the 49ers’ practices with the Ravens:

--Baltimore Orioles pitcher Bud Norris, a native of Novato, watched practice and made no secret that his rooting interest was not with the home team. Norris is scheduled to pitch Monday night against the New York Yankees.

--Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who has been sidelined for more than a week, ran some routes at top speed and caught passes from Kaepernick in individual drills.

--Running back LaMichael James continued to get some individual work catching passes, as he rehabs from a dislocated right elbow.

--The 49ers’ practice was highlighted by consecutive Kaepernick-to-Anquan Boldin pass plays. Boldin made a diving catch at the sideline. On the next play, Boldin made a leaping catch of a 30-yard dart delivered down the field.

--Wide receiver Stevie Johnson caught a touchdown pass that Kaepernick delivered a tight window during a red zone drill. Near the end of practice, Kaepernick threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Derek Carrier.

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--For the first time in training camp, center Daniel Kilgore had a shotgun snap that hit the ground. However, Kaepernick pointed out that the ball struck a running back who was out of position.

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--Josh Johnson was intercepted by outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who dropped into coverage in front of Quinton Patton.

--Ravens outside linebacker John Simon made a leaping interception of a McLeod Bethel-Thompson pass in the end zone that was intended for tight end Asante Cleveland.

--Safety D.J. Campbell intercepted Ravens third-string quarterback Keith Wenning near the conclusion of practice.

--Two of the stars of the week for the 49ers were tight end Vernon Davis and pass-rusher Aldon Smith. Davis is "quietly having a great camp." Harbaugh said Davis is "on" his assignments and in great physical shape. Smith was a handful for the Ravens during the practices. "He's taken his game to the highest level," Harbaugh said.

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Participation report
Daily transactions: WR Chuck Jacobs (torn ACL) cleared waivers and automatically reverts to the 49ers’ injured reserve list.
Returned to practice: WR Quinton Patton.
Did not practice: OL Adam Snyder (knee), CB Chris Culliver (NA), CB Chris Cook (NA), TE Vance McDonald (NA), DL Lawrence Okoye (ankle), WR Michael Crabtree (hamstring), WR Brandon Lloyd (hamstring), RB LaMichael James (dislocated elbow), CB Tramaine Brock (ankle), DL Justin Smith (offseason shoulder surgery), DL Ray McDonald (leg), RT Anthony Davis (offseason shoulder surgery).
Physically unable to perform: LB NaVorro Bowman (knee), NT Ian Williams (lower leg), TE Garrett Celek (back), DL Kaleb Ramsey (NA).
Non-football injury: RB Marcus Lattimore (knee/hamstring), FB Trey Millard (knee), CB Keith Reaser (knee) and G Brandon Thomas (knee).
Reserve/did not report: RG Alex Boone (contract holdout).