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49ers camp report: Smith hogs first-team reps

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49ers camp report: Smith hogs first-team reps

Aug. 15, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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Practice No. 13
Summary: Quarterback Alex Smith got nearly twice as many practice snaps than rookie Colin Kaepernick during another three-hour padded practice Monday afternoon. During 11-on-11 work, Smith took 40 snaps with the first-team offense, while Kaepernick took just four. Kaepernick took 17 snaps with the second-team offense. The 49ers showed some new looks along the offensive line, as Adam Snyder got first-team snaps at center but he also saw his first action at right guard. Backup left tackle Alex Boone, who has seemingly solidified his spot on the roster, saw his first action at right tackle. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said the 49ers will play their best five offensive linemen, and moving players around is part of the process. "It's (also) contingency planning and a natural residue of competition," Roman said. "I don't think we've built the combinations of seven or eight guys to really give us a true picture. I don't think everybody has had a fair opportunity to play together at this point."Offensive Plays of the day: Working against the second-team offense, Smith found receivers Josh Morgan and Ted Ginn Jr. on deep post patterns during a productive three-play period.RELATED: Crabtree in sneakers shows progress
Defensive Play of the day: Linebacker Patrick Willis went high in the air about 20 yards over the middle to intercept a Kaepernick pass intended for newly added tight end Nate Lawrie. Willis brought the ball back down the right sideline for what would've been a touchdown return.
Injury report: CB Carlos Rogers, CB Shawntae Spencer (left hamstring), FS Reggie Smith and RB Anthony Dixon (left ankle) did not practice. . . . WR Chris Hogan (left ankle) and TE Colin Cloherty 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.Returning to work: K David Akers did not practice Sunday at Candlestick Park, and he showed up about 30 minutes into practice Monday. Akers testified early Monday in Texas that he lost 3.7 million investing with Triton Financial chief executive Kurt Barton, who is on trial in federal court on charges he defrauded investors of 50 million through a Ponzi scheme. "I've had a lot of sleepless nights," said Akers, as reported by the Austin Statesman. "As I said, this is my family's future. I said that to Kurt a lot of times. I said, 'Man, I'm trusting in you.'"Play to forget: Everything went wrong for the 49ers' first team offense on one play during practice. First, they could not get the play snaps on time. Then, a couple second after the 40-second play clock expired, Snyder bounced his shotgun snap to Smith. After gathering in the ball, Smith's pass was intercepted by rookie cornerback Chris Culliver.Personnel report: The 49ers waived OLB Thaddeus Gibson. The 49ers originally acquired Gibson after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers drafted Gibson in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.Tying up loose ends: Receiver Michael Crabtree is no longer wearing the orthopedic boot on his left foot that he has worn since reporting to training camp with an injury and being placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list. "He's doing everything he can to get right, physically," Roman said. "We're looking forward to when he gets healthy. . . . Our meetings are very interactive, and he's very much a part of those meetings. John Morton, our receivers coach, is very, very thorough. Whether you're injured or hurt, or first team, third team, he always gets the guys prepared. Michael is right where he needs to be right now."MAIOCCO: How Culpepper would fit in with 49ers
Notable: Veteran quarterback Daunte Culpepper worked out for the 49ers on Monday morning, had lunch in the team cafeteria and remained in the South Bay into the evening. The team has yet to make an announcement whether he has been signed. One of the players who caught passes from Culpepper was Lawrie, who spent last year as a teammate of Culpepper's with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL. "That's something I got to do a lot last year in the UFL," Lawrie said. "So it's familiar. He threw it well today. . . . "He's got a ton of experience and a lot of success in this league. The guy can play. He can throw the ball, and that's what it all boils down to."Quotable: "Jim Harbaugh said, 'We're not going there to win, we're going there to get better.' And I think we got better because we saw what we need to work on and we're about to fix that today and this week" -- 49ers TE Delanie Walker on the exhibition opener Friday night against the New Orleans Saints.Next practice: The 49ers are scheduled for another three-hour practice Tuesday, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

49ers snap count: Reid no longer starter; rookies see more time on offense

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49ers snap count: Reid no longer starter; rookies see more time on offense

Veteran safety Eric Reid returned from a knee injury that kept him out three games to discover he lost his starting job.

Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt has continued to serve as an every-down player for the 49ers’ defense. On Sunday, Reid played 48 snaps (64 percent) as the 49ers employed six defensive backs against the Dallas Cowboys three-receiver sets.

The 49ers had to adjust their sub package after nickel back K’Waun Williams sustained a hip injury. Rookie Adrian Colbert entered the game at safety with Jimmie Ward taking over Williams’ role. Colbert played 29 snaps.

Newly signed defensive linemen Leger Douzable and Tony McDaniel saw a lot of action in their 49ers debuts. Douzable played the third-most of any defensive lineman (behind Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner), seeing action on 47 of the team’s 75 snaps. McDaniel played 25 snaps.

On offense, the 49ers appear to be making a point to go with younger players. Rookie Cole Hikutini played 21 snaps, taking over as the No. 2 tight end over Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen.

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, another undrafted rookie, played a season-high 23 snaps. On fourth-and-4 from the Dallas 28 early in the third quarter, coach Kyle Shanahan decided to go for it instead of kicking a 46-yard field goal. Bourne was the intended target. But he stumbled after a spin move from the slot, and C.J. Beathard’s pass was incomplete.

“As I was throwing the ball he tripped,” Beathard said. “If he hadn’t tripped on a DB’s feet or whatever happened there, it would’ve been a big play.”

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

OFFENSE
(66 plays)
Quarterback – C.J. Beathard 66
Running back – Carlos Hyde 51, Matt Breida 15
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 46, Trent Taylor 46, Marquise Goodwin 39, Aldrick Robinson 30, Kendrick Bourne 23
Tight end – George Kittle 31, Cole Hikutini 21, Garrett Celek 18, Logan Paulsen 11
Offensive line – Joe Staley 66, Daniel Kilgore 66, Laken Tomlinson 66, Brandon Fusco 52, Trent Brown 45, Garry Gilliam 20, Zane Beadles 14

DEFENSE
(75 plays)
Defensive line – Solomon Thomas 61, DeForest Buckner 50, Leger Douzable 47, Earl Mitchell 38, Xavier Cooper 26, D.J. Jones 25, Tony McDaniel 25, Elvis Dumervil 15
Linebacker – Reuben Foster 53, Eli Harold 31, Ray-Ray Armstrong 27, Brock Coyle 22, Dekoda Watson 9
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 63, Rashard Robinson 51, Ahkello Witherspoon 35, K’Waun Williams 20
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 75, Jimmie Ward 75, Eric Reid 48, Adrian Colbert 29

SPECIAL TEAMS
(24 plays)
Elijah Lee 21, Coyle 21, Raheem Mostert 16, Celek 15, Colbert 16, Witherspoon 15, Breida 14, Harold 12, Hikutini 12, Armstrong 10, Tartt 10, Bradley Pinion 9, Jones 8, R.Robinson 8, Ward 8, Johnson 7, Kyle Nelson 6, Buckner 6, Thomas 6, Paulsen 6, Reid 5, Mitchell 5, Douzable 4, A.Robinson 3, Taylor 3, Robbie Gould 2, Foster 2, Staley 2, Kilgore 2, Gilliam 2, Beadles 2, Tomlinson 1, Fusco 1, Brown 1, Dumervil 1, Watson 1, Williams 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB Brian Hoyer

INACTIVE
WR Victor Bolden
DB Dexter McCoil
FB Kyle Juszczyk (back)
LB Mark Nzeocha
LB Pita Taumoepenu
DL Aaron Lynch (calf)
OL Erik Magnuson

Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

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Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

If there is such a thing as being “due” in sports (and there actually isn’t, so you can probably stop reading now), the San Francisco 49ers had Sunday coming to them.
 
After all, the anomaly of being the “best winless team in football” based on margin of defeat lasts only so long until the “winless” part trumps the “best” part, because even the Los Angeles Chargers – the previous “best bad team in football” – aren’t the Chargers all the time.
 
So it was that the Dallas Cowboys exposed every weakness the 49ers have with the simplest thing there is.
 
Talent.
 
The Cowboys did everything they wanted, but only whenever they wanted it, in a 40-10 dope-slapping that could actually have been worse than it was. The 49er offense was properly stymied (again), gaining only 290 yards (4.5 yards per play) and the defense was thoroughly Elliotted (as in Ezekiel-ed, who averaged 8.1 yards in his 27 touches). San Francisco’s warts were rubbed until they glowed, and if not for the fact that head coach Kyle Shanahan already knew where they were, he’d have been shocked to see how visible they were.
 
And therein lies the takeaway from another day at Not-So-Great-America. It turns out that the 49ers weren’t very good at much of anything before Sunday except just how far away they are from what Shanahan and general manager John Lynch believe is their destiny. C.J.  Beathard remained the rookie quarterback he is, and Carlos Hyde's hard-won 68 rushing yards led to no scores. Indeed, San Francisco's only touchdown came on a four-yard improv sprint from Beathard, who is by no means a running quarterback except in abject flight.

Next week in Philadelphia figures to be no less grisly, if you’re waiting for that magic moment when “0” becomes “1.” That is, of course, unless Washington exposes the Eagles as less than what they seem, which is very often the case in the new parity-gripped NFL.

But there are subsequent get-well games at home against Arizona and then at New York against the Giants the week after, so whatever dreams you might have about them running the table backwards and getting the first overall pick in the draft are still light years from realization.
 
This is, however, another healthy reminder that the job to be done is at least two more years in the undoing before the doing can actually begin. Not that the players or coaches needed another lesson, mind you – they know.
 
But maybe you needed it, just to keep your delusions in check. Maybe the people who were “due” were all of you.
 
But that’s unfair, too. You didn’t undo this franchise. All you did was believe, and there’s nothing wrong with that – as long you know there will be more days like this before your team starts handing out the 40-10’s.
 
In the meantime, there is beer.