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Golden Nuggets: Let the contact begin

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet

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Day 4 and the 1st padded practice of Niners training camp occurred Tuesday. According to reports, the Niners defensive line continues to be the star of the show. With the offensive line losing 2 starters from last season, the defensive line has capitalized. They have consistently harassed the quarterback. They are still the strongest unit on the team.

The 1st day of padded practice gave everyone the 1st look at Jarryd Hayne in a contact practice. The former Australian rugby star took his 1st hit from Nick Moody in a blitz pickup drill and he faired well. He held his ground against a LB looking to take over for Patrick Willis, which bodes well for Hayne. There was 2 crews of Australian media watching their former star try his hand at a new sport.

Today, the team heads back to Levi's Stadium for their 2nd padded practice. They are expecting 40,000 fans to attend. They head back to the stadium after having to deal with field issues from the 1st 2 practices. It will be interesting to see if the offense can find a way to win a day against this still stout defense. All this hinges on the offensive line performing well. They have a lot of work to do.

49ers Links

Newcomers: Running Backs (Sacramento Bee)

Newcomers: Safeties (Sacramento Bee)

Everyone expecting good things this year from Dial | No Transition For Dial (Gin)

Hayne's Stock Could Rise (Maiocco)

Nice catch from the new guy | Smith's TD Catch (49ers Video)

By the looks of the offensive line, Hyde needs to perform well in this area | Hyde: Pass Protection Is Big (Price)

Wright Breakup (49ers Video)

Practice Report (Branch)

Rookie Watch (Barrows)

Acker Breakup (49ers Video)

Working on his catching ability | Hyde TD Catch (49ers Video)

Day 3 Camp Highlights (Fann)

5 Questions With Okoye (49ers Staff)

Oh great | Ellington Hurt (Inman)

Let's stay healthy fellas | Ellington Has Leg Strain (Maiocco)

Bush Given J. Smith Treatment (Gutierrez)

Welcome back, Coach | Mariucci Arrives (49ers Video)

Tomsula Fired Up (49ers Video)

Boone Approves Of Uptempo Offense (Inman)

Dockett Praises New Teammates (Inman)

Very high praise | High Praise About Armstead From Dockett (Barrows)

Hopefully the potential is realized | More Potential Than Calais Campbell (Maiocco)

Moody Excited For Pads (49ers Video)

Boone On Team Philosophy (49ers Video)

Glad he's up to the challenge | Moody Ready To Take Willis' Spot (Inman)

What Dial Brings To D-Line (Price)

"Do Something Big" (49ers Video)

How Bad Do You Want It? (Biderman)

49ers Notes (Barrows)

It's up for the taking | Moody Eyeing Starting Role (Maiocco)

Notes From Coach (Price)

Moody Wants LB Position (Fann)

Dockett With Strong Praise (Emerick)

Off To Fast Start For Bruce (Williams)

Boone To The Left (Gutierrez)

1st Padded Practice Ends (Barrows)

Looks like a long term Niner | Hyde Is Perfect Fit (49ers Staff)

Practice 4 Recap (Inman)

Camp Notebook (Biderman)