Day 13 of training camp took place a day after the Fan Fest practice was characterized as 'raggedy' by Coach Harbaugh. It was a practice to remember. Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis were working in tandem. They connected on 3 long completions. The entire offense had a solid day. Kyle Williams looks like he could be ready to go for the Chiefs game this week. Austin Collie had his finest practice as a 49er, hauling in 5 catches and a pair of scores in the red zone. And Colt McCoy was back to full participation. All signs out of Santa Clara were positive.
We're also gearing up to play our old friend Alex Smith. I know it's preseason, but it will be a bit awkward seeing him in a Chiefs jersey. It's like going to that first party that you know your ex-girlfriend is going to be there, and even though you get along fine, she'll be there with her new boyfriend. You don't care, because you're going out with Colin Kaepernick now. OK, this has gotten weird. But I think there was a metaphor in there somewhere and you probably understand it.
Day 13 Recaps
Matt Barrows notes the Kaepernick to Davis connection, as did every other writer. He has Frank Gore making the catch of the day, though, for a diving effort in the end zone. A.J. Jenkins was quiet, though he'd been having good practices leading up to the Denver game. | Training camp D13: Day after dull practice, Kaepernick, Davis, Williams sharp (Barrows)
Among other notes, Matt Maiocco has Eric Reid getting most of the first team reps alongside Donte Whitner. There is a great quote from Coach Jim Tomsula on Lawrence Okoye at the bottom of the piece. I won't spoil it for you. | Camp report: Kaepernick-to-Davis connection heats up (Maiocco)
Kevin Lynch has Garrett Celek looking good in place of Vance McDonald, who sat this one out. He also notes that Ricardo Lockette had a couple of drops. | Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis - unstoppable in practice (SF Gate)
Day 13: Kaepernick and Davis Dynamic (Biderman - Scout.com)
Kaepernick Has Best Day of Camp (49ers.com)
49ers vs the Alex Smiths
Alex Smith played a long time for the San Francisco 49ers. This fact is unavoidable and unchanging. Now Greg Roman has inferred he's just another opponent. We know that's not true, but what else would you expect Roman to say. It'll be nice to see all his old teammates get to meet and greet him before the game. And I'm seriously curious to see what he's going to do in Kansas City. I love everything he did for us, he went through a lot here and I hope he succeeds (not just because KC success equals a higher draft pick for us). But I'm really torn over whether or not his success was strictly Harbaugh based or was it him actually having anything other than a debacle of an offensive system to work with. We'll soon find out. | Alex who? 49ers downplay upcoming reunion with one-time teammate (Barrows)
49ers to Face Alex Smith, KC Chiefs (49ers.com)
Robert Rubino: Smith resumes exodus of 49ers QBS to Kansas City (Press Democrat - Not-a-Cohn)
Wide Receiver News
Austin Collie has to play catch up to make the roster. He has to learn the playbook, get up to speed in the offense and impress the coaches. He's the only other receiver after Anquan Boldin who's had success in the NFL. Until one of the younger guys steps up, we're going to watch Collie do what he does and make a claim for his spot on the roster. Matt Maiocco has his three and out video in this post as well. | Collie will get more chances to prove himself -- all over again (Maiocco)
Roman: Jenkins Strives for Consistency (49ers.com)
I'm including this NFL.com video that I found recently about the Colts, two TE formations and the slot. I think it's applicable to what we want to do on offense, or at least what I want to see. We like two TE sets and we now have Austin Collie. It's the video for us! I realize Kaepernick is no Peyton Manning (yet), but the way we run the ball gets teams to bite on play action and Kap's threat to scramble keeps defenders in the middle nervous as all hell. I hope you enjoy it, too. | Colts know how 2 use Tight Ends and Slot Receiver (Youtube.com)
East Bay Sports Guy has scoured the PFF stats from the Broncos game and gives us the low down on the offense. Some of it I already knew. Scott Tolzien, once drops and the pressure he faced are factored in, played better than one would think from watching the game. LaMichael James went down as soon as someone touched him. Patrick Omameh should not be entrusted to protect a quarterback ever again. Never! And there's more... | Behind the Box Score: A.J. Jenkins played a lot, but produced little (BASG)
One of the players that fans are most split about his chances of having an impact is Nnamdi Asomugha. He's been solid so far through camp, he played good against Denver and signs point to him helping out a secondary that came heavily under fire following our run to runner-up. Does he still have it? Was the system in Philly to blame? Will it matter who plays cornerback if our front 7 terrorizes opponents like they did against the Broncos? | 49ers' Nnamdi Asomugha says his skills are not declining (Mercury News)
Perrish Cox made perhaps the strongest statement of any of the players who's not an absolute lock to make the roster. I had him on the bubbly to start training camp. The re-addition of Eric Wright will only apply more pressure to the other cornerbacks on the roster. Someone from the cornerback group is going to have to play special teams and he's standing out there as well as on defense. And we need a backup kick returner ('11 NFCCG). I've been impressed. | Perrish Cox could make a significant impact to the 49ers this year (SF Gate)
49ers' Glenn Dorsey glad to get fresh start (Mercury News)
Okoye: Small Steps for Big Man (49ers.com)
Being a Sheep
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