NFC West: San Francisco 49ers

49ers practice report

August, 20, 2014
Aug 20
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Before being pulled off Levi’s Stadium’s loose grass field less than an hour after practice began by coach Jim Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers did go through the paces for a bit in front of a couple thousand fans.

A few highlights, then, of the 49ers' final public practice.
  • Wide receiver Michael Crabtree was still not in attendance, as he was in Texas the day before for the birth of his son Michael III.
  • Even before the public practice was cut short, the poor condition of the field was obvious, from divots flying out when players made cuts to the discolored spots in the middle of the field. And if Bruce Ellington tweaking his right ankle in a one-on-one drill with cornerback Chris Culliver was not proof enough, then Stevie Johnson taking a spill untouched on an out pattern at the goal line and jerking his left leg sealed it.
  • Phil Dawson, one of the more accurate kickers in NFL history, continued to work on his craft after missing a pair of field goals in Sunday’s 34-0 exhibition loss to the Denver Broncos by kicking numerous field goals. If Andy Lee was not holding, then Dawson had a metal holder in his place so he could work solo.
  • Ellington, LaMichael James and veteran Anquan Boldin were the three players fielding punts.
  • Cornerback Tramaine Brock picked off McLeod Bethel-Thompson on a pass intended for David Reed on the right sideline and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – On their first offensive drive of the preseason, the San Francisco 49ers went 66 yards in seven plays against the Baltimore Ravens and Phil Dawson kicked a 25-yard field goal.

Since then?

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Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY SportsColin Kaepernick and the 49ers' offense have struggled to score points throughout the preseason.
Nothing. The 49ers have been shut out. That’s 20 fruitless possessions total, and running.

Granted, starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick and, to a great extent, the first-team offense has only played two of those ensuing series. But to be blanked for such a lengthy time should not sit well with the 49ers, especially after being pummelled, 34-0, by the Denver Broncos on Sunday in the first game at Levi’s Stadium.

“Not good,” 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Wednesday, “at all.”

Consider: the 49ers are the only team in the NFL without a touchdown after at least two preseason games. Which is why it seemed strange but appropriate that Roman opened his presser by commending his colleagues in what appeared to be a pump-up speech.

“We’ve got a lot of things going on right now,” he said, unprompted. “Our offensive staff, I’ve just got to commend them. To a man, they do a great job. Very fortunate to work with this group. This is our fourth year together, for the most part, a couple guys here and there, and to a position, I think they do as good a job as anybody in the NFL.”

Asked why he would make such a statement, Roman did not flinch.

“Probably could do it every day,” he said. “They do a great job, day in and day out. Work tirelessly. It’s a staff with absolutely no motives, other than to help the players and to win.

“Probably should do it more.”

Kaepernick said a day earlier that the 49ers' offense merely had to establish a “rhythm” to get going.

“I think that’s the biggest thing we need to get right now,” he said.

And by Roman’s analysis of the game tape, that should not be too hard to establish soon. Perhaps even in this weekend’s third preseason game, against the visiting San Diego Chargers.

“A lot of very good individual performances, a lot of good individual moments but not enough collective, cohesion, precision by the offensive unit to play winning football,” Roman said of his players’ performance against Denver.

“You go through the tape, [here are] a lot of good things. But it serves as a great tool for us to understand that football is the ultimate team sport and it takes 11 guys on the field to get the job done. We’ve got to do better.”
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Two more San Francisco 49ers players check in Wednesday on’s Top 100 players list.

Linebacker Ahmad Brooks is No. 74 among defensive players while safety Eric Reid is ranked No. 71.

"Brooks recorded a postseason-best 4.5 sacks last year, the most in a postseason since 2010 (Terrell Suggs, five)," read the list. "During the regular season, Brooks also set a career high with 8.5 sacks."

Reid, meanwhile, has become an elder statesman, of sorts, in the 49ers' secondary with fellow safety Antoine Bethea currently concussed.

"Eric Reid intercepted four passes in 2013," the report read, "second-most among rookies last season."

Brooks and Reid join Bethea and right tackle Anthony Davis, who were ranked No. 97 and No. 81 on the defensive and offensive lists, respectively.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- With a gleaming new home rising from the South Bay landscape, the San Francisco 49ers are no doubt on the NFL’s hot list. And when it comes to Forbes’ list of most valuable franchises in the league, the 49ers, who have played in three straight NFC title games and a Super Bowl in that span, are also a Top 10 franchise.

The 49ers check in at No. 9 in the 32-team NFL with an estimated value of $1.6 billion. The Forbes list also listed the franchise’s revenue for 2013 at $270 million and an operating income of $25 million.

“The 49ers opened their new, privately financed, 68,500-seat stadium in Santa Clara in July, and will host Super Bowl 50 in February 2016,” the Forbes report read.

The Dallas Cowboys were No. 1 on the Forbes list, valued at $3.2 billion, for the eighth straight year, and were followed by the New England Patriots ($2.6 billion), Washington ($2.4 billion), the New York Giants ($2.1 billion) and the Houston Texans ($1.85 billion) in the top five. And in case you did not notice, the only team in that list to make the playoffs last season was New England.

The league average for franchise worth was $1.43 billion.

As far as the NFC West is concerned, the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks were 15th overall with an estimated value of $1.33 billion, followed by the Arizona Cardinals ($1.0 billion, 25th overall) and the St. Louis Rams ($930 million, 32nd).

Meanwhile, across the Bay, the Oakland Raiders were 28th, with an estimated value of $970 million to go with a revenue of $244 million in 2013 and an operating income of $43 million.

“The Raiders signed a new short-term lease with the joint Oakland-Alameda County board that runs Coliseum in late 2013 and have been exploring opportunities about moving to Los Angeles and San Antonio,” Forbes wrote.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has suggested the Raiders becoming a tenant of the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium in the near future.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Colin Kaepernick was on the San Francisco 49ers' injury report most of the first half of the 2013 season with a foot injury.

No mystery there.

But Kaepernick came clean to the Sacramento Bee Tuesday in disclosing the severity of the injury, saying he had a "chipped bone on his forefoot and a ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot" suffered in a Week 2 loss at the Seattle Seahawks.

And after rushing for 87 yards on nine carries in that game, Kaepernick did not surpass 20 yards rushing in a game for another five weeks.

He still rushed for 524 yards on the season, second among 49ers quarterbacks in franchise history to Steve Young, who ran for 537 yards in 1992.

Now, Kaepernick insists it's all in the past. Especially since he did not have to undergo surgery on the foot in the offseason.

"Just rest," he said of his recovery.

"It's a non-factor. It's a year-old injury now."

Kaepernick has only appeared in three series in two exhibitions thus far, and has not attempted a carry.

The 49ers have yet to score a touchdown in the preseason and have been outscored by a combined 57-3. So what do they need to do offensively, keeping in mind the starters have not played all that much?

"Just establish a rhythm," Kaepernick said. "I think that's the biggest thing we need to get right now."

And with the third preseason game this weekend against the San Diego Chargers at Levi's Stadium -- traditionally, that is the exhibition teams utilize as a dry run for the regular season -- you would think the 49ers would play their starters the most to establish said rhythm.

"Yeah, we're going to try and get in a rhythm in every game that we play," Kaepernick said. "How much we play is going to be determined by coach."

Coach Jim Harbaugh was asked if Kaepernick would play more against the Chargers.

His answer? "Maybe."
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Colin Kaepernick’s salary cap-friendly contract extension was constructed that way, in part, to help free up money for the San Francisco 49ers to lock up other key cogs on the roster.

But with right guard Alex Boone’s holdout waged on, the 49ers quarterback was asked if he would like for some of that money to go to Boone.

“I think that’s something that the front office, that’s their decision,” Kaepernick said. “For me, I tried to do something where we gave them space to be able to get players back now. Who they sign and what they do with it is really up to them.”

Coach Jim Harbaugh would not touch the topic.

“As always, we don’t talk about contracts publically,” Harbaugh said. “Rarely do we talk about it in any form or fashion. We don’t feel it’s in anybody’s best interest to do that.”

While starters like running back Frank Gore, receiver Michael Crabtree, left guard Mike Iupati and cornerback Chris Culliver are entering contract years, Boone was signed to a four-year extension on Dec. 8, 2011, that runs through the 2015 season. Boone did not take part in any of the team's offseason activities and is subject to a $30,000 a day fine, per

The 49ers have more than $8.2 million in salary-cap space, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Generally, when things are going bad, the most popular guy on a football team is the backup quarterback.

But with the San Francisco 49ers, who have been outscored by a combined 57-3 in two preseason losses, not so much. Not when Blaine Gabbert, Josh Johnson and McLeod Bethel-Thompson combined to go 16 for 25 for 128 yards and two interceptions in Sunday’s 34-0 drubbing by the Denver Broncos to christen Levi’s Stadium.

But Gabbert is the one with the pedigree, the one who was a first-round pick, No. 10 overall, of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. The one who should be able to step in at a moment’s notice for Colin Kaepernick without missing too many beats, right?


“It just comes back to taking care of the football,” Gabbert, who was picked off at the Denver 35-yard line midway through the third quarter Sunday, told reporters after the game.

“It starts at the quarterback position, whoever is out there, including myself, we have to be conscious of it," he added. "When you have some momentum going, you have a drive across the 50, and you turn the ball over, it’s a dagger.”

One play later, Denver backup quarterback Brock Osweiler threw a 33-yard touchdown pass and the Broncos led 24-0. Dagger indeed.

Gabbert, who has the upper hand on Johnson for the backup gig, suffered through a 32.4 passer rating afternoon.

“He’s a little bit like any quarterback,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “There’s going to be good days. The precision right now, though, is on the unit. And that’s where I see it. I see it needing to get better.

“I don’t put it on one guy.”

Gabbert has started 27 of the 28 NFL games in which he’s played, but he appeared in only three games last season before being traded to the 49ers in March for a sixth-round draft pick.

In the 49ers’ two exhibition games, he is a combined 11-for-25 for 60 yards with two interceptions.

Harbaugh seems frustrated with the lack of ball security by quarterbacks not named Kaepernick.

“They’re turning the ball over,” Harbaugh said. “All of them have. There’s nobody to elevate. Whoever doesn’t turn the ball over will be the backup quarterback.”

Which brings us back to Gabbert.

“Protecting the ball is the number one thing that the quarterback has to do, and that goes for every guy on this roster, and it starts with every guy out there,” Gabbert said. “My job, which I’m focusing on, is not turning the football over.

“There’s a little rust to knock off, but after the first game I felt pretty comfortable. We put some decent drives together there in the second quarter, I believe, and it just leaves a sour taste in my mouth turning the football over in the third quarter.”
Examining the San Francisco 49ers' roster:

Because of heavy competition elsewhere, the 49ers likely will only carry two quarterbacks. They finished last season that way.


The fact that the 49ers drafted Hyde in the second round means some tough decisions will have to be made. Kendall Hunter tore his ACL and is out for the season. That means James, who will miss the preseason with a dislocated elbow, will very likely make the team. Practice-squad player Hampton has been turning heads, and he should make the team with Marcus Lattimore still not practicing. Expect Lattimore to be activated sometime during the season.


The 49ers are so much deeper here this season than last. That means they will likely have to keep six receivers. Lloyd might look good, and Patton has too much potential to give up on. That means it could be tough for Kassim Osgood to make it, even though he is a special-teams cog.


I can't see the 49ers keeping more than three tight ends because of the glut at receiver. Unless Garrett Celek returns from a back injury and has a big preseason, he might be in trouble. Carrier intrigues the 49ers because of his size and speed.


Assuming Boone ends his holdout, this is a pretty nice group of eight players. It's improved from last year. A solid veteran like Adam Snyder and a promising youngster like Ryan Seymour will have trouble making the team. I think Seymour makes it if Boone's holdout goes into the season.


This is another power spot. It's deep. Players such as Jerod-Eddie and Dial are too valuable to cut. But this position is also unsettled. Glenn Dorsey might be out for the whole season with torn biceps. Ramsey looked good in the offseason, but he is dealing with injuries that might impede his push to make the roster. This is fluid, but I'm going with Ramsey on the active roster.


Most teams carry six or seven linebackers, but the 49ers are stacked here, especially with NaVorro Bowman out for about half the season. Because fifth-round pick Lynch is promising, he should make the roster. Skuta is an excellent player, and right now the 49ers find a way to keep him. I could see him being one of those later-summer Trent Baalke trade specials because he has value.


This unit is in flux, but I see Johnson making it. He's been really good in camp. Cox has been good, and he can play the nickel. He is needed. Don't be surprised if there is some in-camp jockeying as the 49ers look for the best mix.


Ward, the 49ers' first-round pick, will play nickel cornerback as a rookie but projects long term as a safety. Spillman should stick because they are great on special teams. Bubba Ventrone and Craig Dahl could be in trouble because of needs at other spots.


This group is set, and it's excellent.

49ers Camp Report: Day 16

August, 15, 2014
Aug 15
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of San Francisco 49ers training camp:
  • Michael Crabtree's return was the highlight of Friday's practice. He missed more than two weeks with a hamstring injury.
  • The evening practice was the final one of training camp, although the 49ers do have a final open practice Wednesday at Levi's Stadium. It was the 49ers' second practice at Levi's Stadium. Like the Aug. 4 workout, 10,000 tickets were distributed for Friday's.
  • Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert and reserve tight end Derek Carrier did extra work after practice. The overtime came after another sluggish day for Gabbert, who earlier received the support of coach Jim Harbaugh.
  • Linebacker Patrick Willis missed his second straight practice. He suffered a slight stinger Sunday while working against the Baltimore Ravens. Willis didn't play in the preseason opener against the Ravens on Aug. 7 and I'd be surprised if he plays Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
  • Rookie linebacker Aaron Lynch has worked on getting his body fat down as he gained 30 pounds this offseason. As Harbaugh put it, "Fat is the enemy of speed."
  • Second-year tight end Vance McDonald was wearing a blue non-contact jersey for the second straight practice. He was banged up last Thursday at Baltimore. It would be a mild surprise to see him play against Denver. Like McDonald, running back LaMichael James wore a blue jersey for the second straight practice as he recovers from a dislocated elbow. Don't expect to see him play Sunday.
  • Harbaugh said running back Marcus Lattimore has made "gains" and he got a good report from the team's trainer and strength coach about him Friday. But Harbaugh said Lattimore has still not been cleared to practice. Lattimore, a fourth-round pick in 2013, suffered a torn ACL in a horrific injury in 2012.
  • Harbaugh said linebacker Blake Constanzo's injury is a knee problem. He was put on injured reserve this week.
  • Tackle Adam Snyder was back after suffering a minor knee injury in Baltimore.
  • Tackle Jonathan Martin practiced Friday after missing's Wednesday's workout due to a personal manner.
  • The 49ers have a closed walk-through practice Saturday in preparation of Sunday's home preseason game against Denver at 1 p.m. PT.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Aldon Smith watch has reached its second week.

The San Francisco 49ers' star pass-rusher met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Aug. 7. Smith faces a possible suspension because of several off-field issues.

Thus far, Goodell hasn't given any indication of his decision. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported last week that the suspension could be as long as six-to-eight games. Last week, an NFL source close to the situation said Goodell was expected to make a decision in one-to-two weeks.

This week, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier could both help take over if Smith misses time. Both of those players played last season when the 49ers went 5-0 while Smith was in a treatment center.

Smith, who has been the star of training camp, was singled out by Baltimore coach John Harbaugh last week when the Ravens and 49ers worked out together for three days. San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said Smith is "at the highest level" of his position. Smith has 42 sacks in 43 regular-season games.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jim Harbaugh is always good for supplying a vivid verbal painting.

The San Francisco 49ers’ unconventional fourth-year coach was in rare form as the team opened camp July 24. Harbaugh’s theme for the start of camp was “rebirth.” He enthusiastically went into great detail of what he was feeling as the 49ers assembled to kick off the season.

"It's the start of the new year in football. It's like it's your own birthday,” Harbaugh said with zeal only he can exude. “Like it's a family reunion. It's like a rebirth. Feel like you come out of the womb and [are] reborn into football. … It's such a positive happening, that first day. Imagine you're kind of in the comfort of the offseason, like being in the comfort of the womb. You get plenty to eat in there, it's warm, very cozy. And then you're born, into somewhat of the unknown. A lot of people looking at you, lot of faces looking at you, lot of excitement. It's light, it's bright, it's noisy, it's the crazy world of football. Again, it's a real happening. Wish everybody could experience it."

As Harbaugh and his team moved headfirst into the season, in many ways the feeling is more about completing a mission than starting one.

The 49ers have been to three NFC title games and one Super Bowl under Harbaugh. This training camp is designed to be the beginning of ending that mission with a Super Bowl crown. Anything less would be failure.


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    AP Photo/Nick WassColin Kaepernick should benefit from having a deep group of 49ers receivers this season.
    Passing game: At no point last season did the 49ers’ aerial attack look as strong as it has during this training camp. Actually, it’s stunning to see how much better this area is than it was last season. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is surely benefiting. A few examples: As a rookie, Quinton Patton was the No. 3 receiver last year. This year, he’s improved, but he might be the sixth and final receiver on the 53-man roster. Jonathan Baldwin was a frontline receiver for a spell in 2013. This year, he was cut 10 days into training camp. The additions of veterans Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd and explosive fourth-round pick Bruce Ellington to go with holdover starters Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin make for a pretty special group. It has showed in camp.
  2. Deep roster: General manager Trent Baalke said three days into camp the 49ers had about four or five openings on their 53-man roster. Imagine that -- an NFL team knowing up to 49 of its regular-season players six weeks before the start of the season. That wasn’t hyperbole by Baalke. Take a gander at this roster. It is stacked. Almost every position is full of plus players. There is little weakness on this team, and it has shown in the level of competition in camp. The 49ers have been feisty. Kaepernick said it’s because there is so much talent, and the intensity level is heightened because people are fighting for just a few jobs.
  3. The rookies: The 49ers are poised to get immediate help from some rookies. Their first-round pick, defensive back Jimmie Ward; second-round pick, running back Carlos Hyde; third-round picks, linebacker Chris Borland and center Marcus Martin; and fourth-round picks, Ellington and cornerback Dontae Johnson, have all been factors in camp. All of them can be contributors in the regular season. That is a major shot of youth for a veteran-stacked team.

  1. Injuries: Yes, the 49ers are deep, and they need to be. They have gotten knocked around in what has been a physical camp. Running back Kendall Hunter (torn ACL) was lost for the season, and running back LaMichael James (dislocated elbow) was lost for the preseason in the first weekend of camp. A week later, standout nose tackle Glenn Dorsey was lost for the majority, if not all, of the season with a torn biceps. The defense was already working from behind with inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman set to miss about half of the season as he recovers from an ACL tear. The good news for the 49ers is they are deep at their injury spots, but trouble could be brewing if the rash of injuries continues.
  2. Flux on offensive line: The 49ers’ offensive line has been an NFL gold standard. That has not been the case in training camp. Guard Alex Boone is holding out, and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight. Joe Looney has taken his place at right guard. Looney has been decent in camp, but he was overpowered at Baltimore in the first preseason game. Next to him is Jonathan Martin, who has had a rough go at right tackle. He is playing for Anthony Davis, who is out until Week 1 as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. At center, Daniel Kilgore is a first-time starter. All the change has been reflective in camp.
  3. Backup QB plan: Here’s the bottom line: Kaepernick better not go down. Blaine Gabbert is who he is. He has had his moments in camp, but when the lights of the preseason came on, he struggled badly. But Gabbert is essentially guaranteed to be on the roster because he is getting paid $2 million. Gabbert, acquired in March in a trade with Jacksonville, can still improve under Harbaugh and his staff. But if he continues to struggle, the confidence level in him will be low.

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    AP Photo/Tony AvelarTank Carradine, left, and Quinton Dial have opened eyes during training camp.
    Johnson and Hyde both have shown an aptitude for blocking. The 49ers expect prime blocking from their receivers and running backs, so they are good fits.
  • Young nose tackle Mike Purcell is getting a lot of work because of the injury to Dorsey. Still, Purcell is a work in progress, and the best-case scenario for him is likely as a rotational player.
  • The 49ers look strong on special teams again. They have a veteran, savvy group, and it shows in camp.
  • The 49ers would probably like to see more from Martin, who was acquired in a trade with Miami after the infamous Dolphins bullying case. He is struggling as a starter, but I think he has to gain the 49ers’ trust even as a backup.
  • Second-year defensive tackle Quinton Dial has been a star in camp. He has been overpowering people. Dial has a chance to get a lot of playing time. The same goes for fellow defensive lineman Tank Carradine. The 2013 second-round pick is healthy and looks very much like the top-15 prospect he was before he suffered a torn ACL in 2012 at Florida State.
  • Fellow defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye is still very raw. The former British Olympic discus thrower is in just his second season of football. He will probably end up on the practice squad.
  • One player who seems to be flourishing under the 49ers coaches is cornerback Chris Cook. The former second-round pick underachieved in Minnesota. He has no interceptions in four NFL seasons. Cook has worked extensively on his ball skills with the coaches. It has paid off. He has several interceptions in camp and had one in the first preseason game.

49ers Camp Report: Day 15

August, 13, 2014
Aug 13
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the San Francisco 49ers training camp:

    Receiver Michael Crabtree (hamstring) did some work, but is not quite ready to practice fully. The 49ers have described his injury as minor. Linebacker Patrick Willis missed Wednesday’s practice for an undisclosed reason.

    Backup running back/returner LaMichael James practiced some for the first time in 17 days since dislocating his elbow for the third time since high school. James wore a brace and did some light work. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he doesn’t play in the rest of the preseason. But his presence on the field Wednesday was a good sign of his availability for Week 1 at Dallas.

    Like James, tight end Vance McDonald was wearing a blue non-contact jersey. It was his first practice since the preseason opener six days ago for an undisclosed reason.
  • Jonathan Martin was not at practice for a personal reason. He had been working with the first unit at right tackle as Anthony Davis recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. Adam Snyder is still out after a suffering minor knee injury Sunday at Baltimore. With those players out, backup offensive lineman Ryan Seymour worked with the first team Wednesday. Seymour has a chance to stick.
  • Cornerback Perrish Cox had a beautiful interception of Quinton Patton in the end zone. Cox has had a nice camp and the 49ers might have a difficult time not keeping him the 53-man roster, especially since he can play nickel.
  • Rookie cornerback Kenneth Acker had his best day of the summer with two picks. The sixth-round pick may have a difficult time making the roster because of a number’s game.
  • Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said both Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier could get playing time if star outside linebacker Aldon Smith misses time due an NFL suspension. Smith is expected to hear soon from the league if he is going to be disciplined for several off-field issues.
  • Fangio said starting cornerback Tramaine Brock is not expected to play Sunday against Denver. Brock has missed two weeks with an ankle injury and worked out some Wednesday. It is not considered serious and he will be ready for the start of the regular season. Brock was excelling when he was hurt.
  • Fangio said he loved the 49ers’ three workouts with the Ravens during the weekend. Fangio said if it were up to him he’d conduct two different practice sessions with another team in training camp. He said the opportunity to face different players and different schemes is invaluable.
  • Running back Marcus Lattimore continued to look good working on the side. There is no word when the 49ers are planning to activate the 2013 fourth-round pick, who suffered a horrific knee injury in 2012.
  • Receiver Devon Wylie, who was on the practice squad last season, has had a good camp. But there is likely no room for him on the 53-man roster.
  • Receiver David Reed had to leave practice with a finger issue, but returned.
  • The 49ers are off Thursday. They practice at Levi’s Stadium at 5 p.m. PT Friday.

49ers Camp Report: Day 14

August, 11, 2014
Aug 11
A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the San Francisco 49ers training camp:

The 49ers and Baltimore Ravens ended their mini-training camp (the two teams played a preseason game Thursday and then held joint practices Saturday-through Monday at the Ravens’ facility) with a group huddle.

It was a fitting end to a peaceful, productive camp which was highlighted by the leadership of brothers Jim and John Harbaugh, the head coaches of the 49ers and Ravens, respectively.

There was nary a fight in the three days. It was all about two teams trying to get better. Before his team boarded a plan to end their six-day trip East, Jim Harbaugh was ecstatic about the how the sessions transpired.

“Went better than expected for our football team. We got better. There’s no question about it,” Jim Harbaugh said, lauding the Ravens for their hopsitiality. “Not one complaint. I mean, that’s rare, that’s rare to get. Not one complaint from anybody, which speaks volumes. That really says it all. And Ravens, first-class all the way.”

The Harbaugh brothers have talked about repeating the session next summer at the 49ers Santa Clara facility. However, Jim Harbaugh, whose team lost Super Bowl XLVII to the Ravens, wouldn’t mind seeing his brother and the Ravens sooner than that.

“We’d like to do it in February,” Harbaugh said. “That would be outstanding.”

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick echoed his coach’s thoughts about the peaceful production of the workouts.

“I think once we got the first walkthrough out of the way and everybody kind of got their feet wet, we knew we were here to try to get better and it wasn’t, ‘We’re going to try to fight you guys,’ or anything like that,” Kaepernick said. “We’re both trying to get better as a team and make sure we’re prepared for this season. Hopefully, we see them during the season because if we do, it’s in the Super Bowl.”
  • The 49ers got good news regarding backup guard Adam Snyder, who left Sunday's practice with a knee injury. There was initial concern, but Harbaugh said Monday the injury doesn’t appear serious. Snyder is a key backup; especially with right guard Alex Boone holding out.
  • Harbaugh lauded the play of star tight end Vernon Davis this summer. Kaepernick said Davis seems faster at the age of 30. These words could be a good sign for Davis, who’d like a new contract. He held out of minicamp, but was on time for training camp. If Davis has a big season, I could see the 49ers looking to extend him in the offseason. The 2015 season is the final year of his contract.
  • The two teams were in shells Monday after working in full pads the first two days of workouts.
  • Receiver Brandon Lloyd returned to practice after missing about two weeks with an undisclosed minor injury.
  • Tight end Vance McDonald missed his third straight practice with an undisclosed issue.
  • Receiver Quinton Patton and linebacker Shayne Skov, both banged up Sunday, were practicing Monday.
  • Bay Area native and 49ers fan Bud Norris attended Monday’s practice. He is otherwise known as the Baltimore Orioles starter pitcher Monday night.
  • Receiver Chuck Jacobs cleared waivers and is on the 49ers injured reserve. He tore his ACL Thursday.
  • The 49ers have Tuesday off. They have two more training camp practices.

49ers Camp Report: Day 13

August, 10, 2014
Aug 10
A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the San Francisco 49ers training camp:
  • The San Francisco 49ers may be soon start to worry about guard as Alex Boone's holdout drags on. Key veteran backup Adam Snyder on Sunday had to leave a joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens with an apparent knee injury. More information is expected in the next day or so. Snyder is insurance at guard and he could see time at Boone's right guard spot if Boone's holdout continues and current starter, Joe Looney, struggles. Looney had some difficultly in the preseason opener against the Ravens.
  • Receiver Quinton Patton (undisclosed) and rookie linebacker Shayne Skov (foot) were also banged up Sunday. There is no word how serious either issue is.
  • One of the best battles of the workouts this weekend has been 49ers’ left tackle Joe Staley facing Baltimore pass rusher Terrell Suggs.
  • “That’s a really good matchup,” 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Sunday. “Two very good players. Joe’s doing a good job. Suggs obviously gives him a lot of things to worry about. His style is a unique style. You remember when he was getting drafted, people were all enamored with his 40 time and there was a lot of debate. I think he’s pretty much squelched that debate. So, just for Joe, it’s a great challenge every day to sharpen his blade.”
  • Tight end Vance McDonald (undisclosed) and defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye (ankle) sat out for the second straight day.
  • After a good day for his unit, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said he was pleased to get this work in with the Ravens. “I’ve done over 20 of these joint practices in my days, and they’re always very good and very beneficial,” Fangio said.
  • It’s no surprise star pass-rusher Aldon Smith shined during these practices. Both Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Fangio lauded Smith’s play. He met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday in New York. Goodell is expected to make a decision on disciplinary action against Smith in the next week or two.
  • Roman praised the work of center Daniel Kilgore and rookie receiver Bruce Ellington.
  • The 49ers conclude their work with the Ravens at 10:30 a.m. ET Monday. They will then fly home.

49ers Camp Report: Day 12

August, 9, 2014
Aug 9
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the San Francisco 49ers training camp:
  • Both 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and his brother John Harbaugh, the coach of the Ravens, were emphatic about downplaying the possibility for skirmishes to break out in the three days of workouts between the two teams. Jim Harbaugh simply said he didn’t anticipate any fights. John Harbaugh got a tad snippy when asked about the subject. Both men had to be pleased with what they saw on the first day of three joint practices in full pads. Was there an occasional push and shove? It was an NFL practice -- of course there was some activity. But nothing got out of control. Jack Harbaugh, the father of the two coaches and a football lifer, said it was a tribute to the players that they practiced “respectfully.”
  • The 49ers passing offense, led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, had a productive day. Among the standouts at receiver were Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington and Devon Wylie and tight ends Vernon Davis and Derek Carrier.
  • A famous Baltimore yapper, linebacker Terrell Suggs, seemed to enjoy have a different team to talk to/at. He was giving it to the 49ers’ linemen and Kaepernick pretty good at times.
  • Among those not practicing were tight end Vance McDonald (no reason given) and defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye (ankle). Earlier in the day, Jim Harbaugh praised McDonald’s play in Thursday night’s’ game. He made two catches in the game.
  • Defensive tackle DeMarcus Dobbs, who left Thursday's game with an ankle injury, practiced Saturday.
  • Carlos Hyde looked good again Saturday. It’s no surprise. The rookie running back has had a great camp and he had 39 yards on five carries in a starting role Thursday night.
  • In addition to Jack Harbaugh, there were many Harbaugh family members at the Ravens’ facility for the practice Saturday. The family spent time together Friday night at John Harbaugh’s house and celebrated two family birthdays.
  • Asked if he is similar to his brother, Jim Harbaugh had a classic Jim Harbaugh response: “Raised in the same house. Ate the same food. Came from the same mother. Lived in the same room for 16 years. There’s bound to be some similarities, I would think.”
  • The Ravens made the 49ers feel at home by painting their logo on the practice field.
  • Starting cornerback Chris Culliver said he came out of Thursday night’s game in good shape. It was his first game back after suffering a torn ACL last August. He said he took a hit near his knee from Ravens’ receiver Steve Smith and felt fine afterward.
  • The 49ers signed receiver Lance Lewis. He was with Washington and Dallas the past two seasons. Receiver Chuck Jacobs, who was on the practice squad last season, was waived-injured. The 49ers will likely put him on the injured reserve if he clears waivers. Jacobs hurt his knee on a return Thursday night against the Ravens.
  • Lewis, who had a nice catch Saturday, is likely just an August body because the 49ers are banged up at the position with Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd nursing injuries. Lloyd participated in some of the workout Saturday.
  • The 49ers work out with the Ravens on Sunday at noon ET.