Day 9 of training camp is in the books. The 49ers saw many of their injured WRs come back to practice. A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette and Kyle Williams, three guys expected to be battling for the No. 2 & No. 3 spots, were back. A.J. Jenkins caught a deep touchdown towards the end of practice. Most everybody thought that Tramaine Brock had a standout day. He played as the No. 3 CB and played well. Any WRs or CBs who want to step their game up are more than welcome to.
Can you believe we have a game on Thursday? I know it's preseason ... but this is the start of football. The Start of Football! THE START OF FOOTBALL!!! I'm getting excited. To the links ...
Training Camp: Day 9
BASG has his notes from camp. He says he'd be surprised if Austin Collie isn't one of the top 3 WRs by the time the season starts. Vance McDonald had a rough day, but Steve notes that he's made some impressive plays throughout camp. He needs to work on his blocking, though. | 49ers training camp notes: competition at WR and CB spots getting interesting (BASG)
Matt Barrows has his notes from practice. Aside from Brock's good day he also singles out Perrish Cox for having a strong practice. The umpteenth note on Jewel Hampton's poor pass blocking is buried in there. I sure do hope Kendall Hunter is ready to go come September. | 49ers blog: Training camp D9: Jenkins returns, makes deep catch; Brock jumps out as no. 3 CB (Barrows)
A.J. Jenkins did return today. In his return, he caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Colt McCoy towards the end of practice. By most accounts, he's still hurting. Some are suggesting that the coaching staff may have nudged him back to practice. He definitely needs reps and game time. | Jenkins Returns to Catch Deep TD (49ers.com)
Here are Matt Maiocco's thoughts. There's more of the usual with a bunch of interviews embedded for your enjoyment. | 49ers camp report: Suddenly, an abundance of wideouts (Maiocco)
Grant Cohn notes that Adam Snyder, subbing in at left tackle for Joe Staley gave up pressure all practice. Cohn has both Michael Wilhoite and Nick Moody looking good. | Training camp report: The return of Jenkins, Navorro Bowman, Aldon Smith and more (Cohn)
While this isn't a recap of Day 9, it's Mike Sando's observations while at 49ers' training camp and his thoughts on the state of the team. He thinks Colin Kaepernick's play is still on the rise. He notes that our roster should be the envy of the league, but wonders what toll the injuries will have on us. We've been so lucky with injuries in the Harbaugh era. Our front 7 is top-notch, but our secondary could be a concern. | Camp Confidential: San Francisco 49ers (Sando)
Brock Emerges and Key Players Return (Scout.com)
49ers Look to Evaluate CB Group (49ers.com)
People are saying good things about LaMichael James. We're all waiting for him to assume a Darren Sproles role in the 49ers offense. One thing that's been holding him back, in my opinion, is his tendency to get zero, one and two-yard gains. In this piece, Harbaugh says, "He made great improvement in his vertical running between the tackle..." That's exactly what I wanted to hear this offseason. | LaMichael James adjusting to special teams, NFL style of play in second season (Gin)
A lot of people, James included, think he'll be our return specialist in 2013. I'd love to see him get more touches, whether on the ground, as the safety valve in the passing game or as a return man. Candlestick is a hard place to return punts, though...right Kyle? | James on track to replace Ginn as return specialist (Inman)
James Prepared to Return Punts (49ers.com)
In Other News
One of the guys I'm dying to see get into the rotation is Cornelius Carradine, aka Tank. We were all so excited when he fell into our lap in the second round. It still looks like he's a ways away. | Fangio: Tank Carradine not close to returning to practice (Barrows)
I wonder what the protocol is for signing a player who you recently failed their physical to void a trade. Sure, we could make up any number of excuses as to why, but if we then turn around and sign Eric Wright, do we get some sort of a black mark among the league GMs? | Harbaugh: 49ers still assessing CB Eric Wright (Barrows)
No No No No No No No. You can't say that word. And if it happens to come out of your mouth in public while slightly intoxicated at a country concert, it's because it tends to come out of your mouth. Bad idea. Would any of you be OK with this signing should he become available? Or, should I say, would any of you admit to being OK with it? | Leading Off: 49ers need receivers; what about Riley Cooper? (Sac Bee)
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