49ers camp report (817): Two-way rookies


49ers camp report (817): Two-way rookies

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Practice No. 14
Summary: The 49ers added a veteran quarterback to the mix, as Josh McCown worked out in the morning, signed a one-year contract and appeared on the practice field wearing No. 9. McCown took a dozen practice snaps with the second-team offensive line. Safety Dashon Goldson greeted McCown with an interception on a pass intended for tight end Nate Lawrie.

The 49ers had problems with five center-quarterback exchanges during the day. Two of the fumbled exchanges involved McCown and center Tony Wragge. Presumptive starter Alex Smith was at quarterback for the other three poor exchanges. He and Jonathan Goodwin had two fumbles on snaps, while Adam Snyder delivered a low shotgun snap to him on another occasion.

The 49ers worked on the down-field passing game, as each of the quarterbacks had success with deep post routes. Undrafted rookie McLeod Bethel-Thompson beat the 49ers' first-team coverage of Tarell Brown with a well-thrown deep ball to receiver Tyler Beiler.

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Multiple positions: Draft picks Colin Jones and Bruce Miller saw their first on the other side of the ball during practice Wednesday. Jones was drafted as a safety and special-teams ace. But at practice, he lined up at wide receiver after seeing very few reps over the first three weeks at safety. "I'm just helping them out," Jones said. Jones was the intended receiver on several pass plays, had a couple passes in his hands but failed to make the catches. Miller, a defensive end and Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year at Central Florida, saw some work with the scout team defense at outside linebacker. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said versatility is an important quality when it comes to deciding which players will remain on the final 53-man roster. "The next step is to see if he has the ability to help us out," Fangio said. "It's much too early to say."Offensive Play of the day: The first-team offense got the 11-on-11 portion of practice going on a good note when Smith hit Ted Ginn for a 50-yard pass against the coverage of scout-team cornerback Phillip Davis.Defensive Play of the day: Cornerback Phillip Adams continues to show nice progress from the broken ankle he sustained at the end of last season. He intercepted Colin Kaepernick on a pass intended for Kyle Williams.Injury report: CB Carlos Rogers, CB Shawntae Spencer (left hamstring), FS Reggie Smith (right knee) and WR Chris Hogan (left ankle) did not practice. . . . WR Michael Crabtree (left foot) and WR Dominique Zeigler (left knee) are on physically-unable-to-perform list. . . . TE Nate Byham (torn left ACL) is out for the season. WR Dontavia Bogan (torn right ACL) and CB Curtis Holcomb (ruptured left Achilles tendon) have been placed on injured reserve.

Arm strength: Kaepernick produced one of the best throws of camp when he unleashed a 30-yard pass to tight end Vernon Davis that was on a straight line. The pass hit Davis in stride against the coverage of cornerback Corey Nelms.Personnel report: McCown is the newest addition to the team, and will compete for the job as the No. 3 quarterback. He was in the NFL for eight seasons, including the first four with the Arizona Cardinals. He started 22 games with the Cardinals, including 13 in 2004. He also played for Detroit, the Raiders and Carolina. McCown completed 57.7 percent of his 1,058 NFL passing attempts with 35 touchdowns and 40 interceptions. His career passer rating is 71.3. In 2009, his last season in the NFL, he completed just one of six attempts with the Panthers. Most recently, he played for Hartford of the UFL.Eye on reps: Snyder has played center and right guard during camp. On Wednesday, he saw action at left guard, too. When starter Mike Iupati missed some practice time while his right ankle was getting re-wrapped, Snyder stepped in with the first team at left guard. . . . Rookie Mike Person, who has worked primarily at right tackle, took some snaps at left guard.Corner the market: The 49ers' two most-experienced cornerbacks, Carlos Rogers and Shawntae Spencer, are out with injuries. So who takes over if those two players remain out for a while? "That remains to be seen," Fangio said. Tramaine Brock, who started last week in place of Spencer, has put together a good camp. Tarell Brown and rookie Chris Culliver are also seeing a lot of action in practice, too. Next practice: The 49ers are scheduled for another three-hour practice on Thursday, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The practice is scheduled to be the final workout of the summer that is open to the public.

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.

The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.

Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.

Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.

The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind


Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."