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The 2014 Practice Recap Thread "Third And Final Practice At Levi´s Online."

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Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
I hope you realize that you're now obligated to do this for us every day . . .

Originally posted by DeUh:

All year long bro.

Here are the first 3 days.
Day 1 post #481 + #486
Day 2 post #653
Day 3 post #670

Originally posted by AmpLee:
This is new thread worthy.

Yes why not !

Throughout Training Camp I will post daily recaps, snippets, vines and news in here. Feel free to use and quote everything you can find in here.

Only rule: Lets keep the discussions about each points in the specific player or official training camp thread. The purpose of this thread is to give easy access too all the information out there without clicking through hundred of pages and sites.

The first 4 Day Recaps can be found somewhere in here:

To get things started here is a first week recap by written by @TaylorPrice49

1. Crabtree Bursting One-handed catches 30 yards down the field. Beating press-man coverage at the line of scrimmage. Developing chemistry with a number of quarterbacks. That's been Michael Crabtree's training camp experience in a nutshell. The veteran play-maker was used sparingly in offseason workouts but that hasn't been the case in camp. Crabtree is bursting off the ball and showing no signs of his Achilles tear in 2013. Crabtree looks better than ever.

2. Spreading the Wealth We know Colin Kaepernick has chemistry with Crabtree, as well as with tight end Vernon Davis and veteran receiver Anquan Boldin. What we wanted to see was how he'd mesh with new targets Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd. After four camp practices, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Kaepernick has dished the rock to open targets throughout camp and has developed strong chemistry with his new targets.

3. Gabbert Heats Up Is there a true competition to be the 49ers backup quarterback? It doesn't feel like it. Sure, Josh Johnson and McLeod Bethel-Thompson have been given second-team reps at times, but those two quarterbacks haven't been as hot as Gabbert, especially over the weekend. During the weekend's final two practices, Gabbert completed 14-of-18 pass attempts. He also fired two touchdown passes on Sunday, finding tight end Vance McDonald in a red-zone team period.

4. On the DL Members of the 49ers defensive line have a right to be upset. Throughout the spring, the attention was on running backs and receivers. What about the d-line? The first four sessions, sans Pro Bowler Justin Smith, have featured a physical group that is constantly making plays. In particular, second-year linemen Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial have been tough to block. Couple their ascension with fellow reserves Tony Jerod-Eddie and Demarcus Dobbs, and San Francisco will have a formidable line rotation for the upcoming season.

5. Not so Raw Hyde Carlos Hyde. All eyes are on you. The 49ers have lost two running backs to injury so far. Kendall Hunter suffered a torn right ACL and LaMichael James went down with an elbow injury, which isn't considered to be as serious, according to multiple reports. That means the rookie runner will have a chance to be Frank Gore's backup this season. So far, Hyde has shown he can stand out in a crowded, 90-man practice field.

6. Go D.J. Another rookie standing out includes fourth-round draft pick cornerback Dontae Johnson. Jim Harbaugh said the 49ers have a second tier of cornerbacks "working" to be prominent backups. Johnson, the North Carolina State product, is standing out among the group. He's a 6-foot-2, 200-pound corner who has been competing well against Boldin and the team's other veteran receivers. Johnson nearly picked off Kaepernick on Sunday. Had he recorded the turnover, Johnson might have been the talk of town.

7. Ward Up Not to be forgotten, first-round pick Jimmie Ward made quite the camp debut. He intercepted Kaepernick in his first training camp session and did so by making a diving catch. Ward has been lining up with the second-team defense at safety and has sprinkled in first-team reps at nickel cornerback. There was an occasion where he was beat on a crafty route by Crabtree and other times when Ward was in position to defend other receivers. Ward is impressive as a slot defender and could really seize the opportunity when he's allowed to hit the opponent in preseason games

8. On Guard Joe Looney has provided "wow" moments, according to Harbaugh. He's been lining up at right guard throughout camp and has looked solid while creating rushing lanes for Gore and company. It's a great thing to have Looney get so many reps in camp. Should Alex Boone return, Looney will be more seasoned if he's needed to play down the road. The same thinking applies to new tackle Jonathan Martin. If the 49ers need a swing tackle, Martin is getting plenty of action at right tackle in camp.

*****Third And Final Practice At Levi´s Online*****
[ Edited by DeUh on Aug 21, 2014 at 3:39 AM ]
YOU, fine sir, are my new MVP! So helpful to have everything in one place...
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Thanks, DeUh.
Made this official.
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Much appreciated, Deuh, for doing this for us.
good drop but we hate following rules

Colin Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree Continue Chemistry at 49ers Camp Posted 2 hours ago

Taylor Price Senior Reporter @TaylorPrice49

With first-team cornerbacks Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver taking Tuesday off to rest minor leg injuries, the San Francisco 49ers first-team offense took full advantage.

With first-team cornerbacks Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver taking Tuesday off to rest minor leg injuries, the San Francisco 49ers first-team offense took full advantage.In particular, Colin Kaepernick completed two touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree at the expense of cornerback Perrish Cox. Chris Cook joined Cox as replacements for Brock and Culliver.The second touchdown left defensive coordinator Vic Fangio most unpleased.

"We messed up too many things," Fangio said of his defense's outing in the first morning training camp session. "Critical offside penalties and we gave up a deep ball."

The deep ball to Crabtree was on a broken coverage. San Francisco's offense ran a two-minute drill for the first time of camp. Kaepernick led the first offense 60 yards down the field with 1:38 on the clock and two timeouts.

Five plays into the drill, Kaepernick saw Crabtree running open down the right sideline and lobbed a perfect touch pass for a 30-yard touchdown. Cox lost sight of Crabtree on the play. Rookie defensive back Jimmie Ward blitzed off the edge as Crabtree slipped past the 49ers defense.In the first red zone team period, Crabtree also got past Cox for a 20-yard touchdown catch. Crabtree ran a perfect post pattern and snatched the ball as he cross the goal line.

By our unofficial count, Kaepernick completed 9-of-12 passes in team periods and 11-of-12 passes in 7-on-7 passing drills.

Offensive Play of the Day
Kaepernick continues to show confidence in second-year tight end Vance McDonald. The two hooked up for an impressive sideline reception in the opening camp practice. On Tuesday, McDonald hauled in a rifled seam route from the 49ers signal-caller. Kaepernick launched a frozen rope 25 yards down the field to McDonald, who slipped inside of Antoine Bethea's coverage in the opening 7-on-7 period.

Defensive Play of the Day
Cook, who replaced Brock on the right side of the field as a first-team cornerback, recorded his first interception of training camp in 7-on-7 work.Josh Johnson's deep ball intended for Brandon Lloyd sailed short of his intended target. Cook was on Lloyd's inside hip and rose up to make a nice high-point interception.

Roster Update
Rookie receiver Bruce Ellington participated in his first training camp practice with the 49ers. Ellington saw reps at wide receiver and at punt returner in his camp debut.

Rookie linebacker Aaron Lynch and rookie center Marcus Martin were activated off the Physically Unable to Perform List and Non-Football Injury lists on Sunday, but both players did not dress for practice. Defensive tackle Justin Smith (shoulder) and offensive tackle Anthony Davis (shoulder) did not practice. Ray McDonald (leg) did not practice as well.Members of the PUP (physically unable to perform) list did not practice. The group includes linebacker NaVorro Bowman (knee), tight end Garrett Celek (back), nose tackle Ian Williams (leg) and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey.

NFI (non-football injury) list members also were not practicing. The group included Lattimore (hamstring, knee), fullback Trey Millard (knee), cornerback Keith Reaser (knee) and guard Brandon Thomas (knee).

-Ellington looked pretty comfortable fielding punts in his first practice. He caught them in the opening period of special teams and again at the very end of practice. Ellington did, however, muff one punt in the final special teams period. Cox and Ellington were joined in the punt return drill by receivers Devon Wylie and Quinton Patton. Ellington was the only player to muff a punt in that period.

-The one-on-one blocking drills were much quieter. Linebackers and running backs did not thud, they just worked on footwork and did not engage in contact. Perhaps this was a preventative measure after LaMichael James was injured in the drill on Sunday.

-The funniest part of practice was seeing Crabtree and Patton strumming their air guitars before one-on-one drills against the cornerbacks. Hopefully they bring that celebration out this season.-Rookie cornerbacks Dontae Johnson and Kenneth Acker each recorded pass breakups in one-on-one drills. Johnson defended a stop-and-go route from Chuck Jacobs; Acker knocked away a comeback pass to Lloyd, who lost his footing at the top of his route.

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When given the time to throw, Kaepernick was able to locate his receivers for the most part. The defense, however, did have a couple of coverage sacks in the later stages of practice against the first-team defense. In one instance, Bethea ran stride-for-stride with tight end Vernon Davis, Kaepernick's intended target. Behind Kaepernick, the 49ers other quarterbacks did not complete as high of a percentage of their passes. Gabbert was 5-of-8 in team drills with one interception. McLeod Bethel-Thompson completed 2-of-5 passes and Johnson was 1-of-2. Coupled with their 7-on-7 stats, the four other quarterbacks completed 17-of-31 pass attempts.
^^^ Some GREAT news.
  • Cook got his first INT (hope it opens up the flood gates now). More importantly he got it by tracking the ball in the air which is something he's been working very hard at. Johnson continues to shine as well and Acker keeps making positive plays as well.
  • Ellington is taking snaps as a KR and looked solid and Patton and Wylie and Cox didn't drop any this time.
  • Jimmy Ward blitzing? Hell yeah!
Great thread! Awesome to see so many positive reports on the young guys.

Training camp Day 5: Cook has interception, Kap passes accuracy test
By Matt By Matt Barrows The Sacramento Bee Last modified: 2014-07-29T22:18:27ZPublished: Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014 - 3:18 pm Copyright 2014 The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Chris Cook had an interception in today's practice. That normally wouldn't be momentous enough news to lead off a notebook, except for the fact that interceptions have been Cook's nemesis thus far in his career.The former second-round pick didn't have a single interception in four seasons (and 30 starts) in Minnesota, and improving his ball skills – turning, locating the ball in the air and then jumping up to retrieve it – has been a major point of emphasis for Cook during the spring and summer sessions in Santa Clara."That was a nice play by him today," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "The receiver (Brandon Lloyd) did not go up and compete with him. I don't think the receiver knew the ball was thrown to him. So it ended up being a little bit easier play than normal. But the fact remains that he did go up and get it, caught it and that's a good thing." Fangio was characteristically stingy with compliments today. Rookie linebacker Chris Borland, for example, also came away with an interception off a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Asked about Borland, Fangio said, "I'm not sure what he's seeing all of the time. He's got really good instincts. And sometimes he thinks those instincts are taking him to a play, aborting his own assignment, and he's gotten burned on that a few times. He's got to learn that the quarterbacks in this league can be looking here and quickly come back (there). He's been burnt on that a few times."Again, that's Fangio. He's never in a rush to shower a player with compliments, especially a rookie.


Asked on Sunday why the 49ers have five quarterbacks – one more than is typical – in training camp, Jim Harbaugh said it was because all five passers were good players. "I do like having the young player in as well, Kory Faulkner, and seeing what he can do and giving him an opportunity. He's been really good to be around and he's soaking it all in, taking it all in from some very good players that are at his position."The 49ers, however, cut Faulkner today after claiming offensive lineman Michael Philipp off of waivers from the Dolphins. The 49ers were getting low on lineman after rookie Fou Fonoti was waived/injured this morning and five quarterbacks simply became impractical. In addition to Fonoti, Anthony Davis (shoulder) and Marcus Martin (ankle) are out with injuries while Alex Boone is holding out for a better contract.Philipp is listed as 6-foot-4, 328 pounds, and he played both right and left tackle at Oregon State. The Browns signed him as an undrafted rookie immediately after the draft, but he got cut following Cleveland's rookie camp.


A few starters were not on hand for today's practice, including cornerbacks Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver and left defensive end Ray McDonald. All three are dealing with lower leg or ankle injuries. None is considered serious.Perrish Cox played left quarterback for Brock and Cook was on the right side for Culliver. It also allowed first-round draft pick Jimmie Ward to get work with the first-team defense.Fourth-round pick Bruce Ellington returned to practice after recovering from an ankle injury. As expected, he joined Cox, Devin Wiley and Quinton Patton in punt-return drills.


Colin Kaepernick's accuracy has been a topic this training camp. But the starter was easily the best of the five quarterbacks – Faulkner hadn't been cut at that point – during a drill midway through practice. The coaching staff again used the 6-foot tall butterfly net, but the opening was perpendicular to the ground and facing the quarterbacks.Kaepernick and the others had to dodge a large plastic ball that was rolled in their direction and then fire a pass into the net from about 15 yards away. The type of trajectory – a frozen rope in the middle of the field – fit Kaepernick's strength and he went 4-4, albeit with a couple that were rattled through the rim.That type of accuracy has been apparent in 11-on-11 situations as well. That is Kaepernick is bet when firing passes on a rope in the middle of the field, on crossing patterns, for example, and not as accurate on touch passes to the corners or sidelines.Kaepernick, however, had a strong session today. While practicing the hurry-up offense, he hit Anquan Boldin twice on short receptions, then threw a nice sideline pass to Michael Crabtree for a first down. On the next play, Ward blitzed from his nickel cornerback spot but no one picked up Crabtree. Kaepernick easily hit him for a 50-plus yard touchdown.Fangio wasn't happy about that, either

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[ Edited by NCommand on Jul 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM ]
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^^^ Some GREAT news.
  • Cook got his first INT (hope it opens up the flood gates now). More importantly he got it by tracking the ball in the air which is something he's been working very hard at. Johnson continues to shine as well and Acker keeps making positive plays as well.
  • Ellington is taking snaps as a KR and looked solid and Patton and Wylie and Cox didn't drop any this time.
  • Jimmy Ward blitzing? Hell yeah!

Ellington muffed a kick actually, was the only one to do so...
Originally posted by DonnieDarko:
Ellington muffed a kick actually, was the only one to do so...

Sorry, s/h specified that! I was more focused on the fact that Patton had 3 straight muffs last time...and this time, none!
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I love what I'm hearing about the Defensive line rotation.
Is Dial a 3-4 DE?
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