49ers camp summary (84) -- Day of the back-ups


49ers camp summary (84) -- Day of the back-ups

Summary: There was more mixing of the two's and three's in with the starters. The veteran regulars had a few big plays during various 11-on-11 situations. Frank Gore and Brandon Jacobs each had solid runs up the middle. Vernon Davis had several nice grabs on crossing routes. Ahmad Brooks came down with an interception and Justin Smith had a called sack. But the bigger plays were made by a handful of back-ups. Demarcus Dobbs had a great touchdown reception in the back right corner of the end zone in a short goal-line situation over the coverage of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Cornerback Anthony Mosely broke up a would be touchdown reception by Randy Moss knocking the ball out of Moss' hands on his way down in the back of the end zone in the same drill. Cornerback Perrish Cox and defensive lineman Ian Williams had several good plays throughout practice as well.

Injury report: Receiver Michael Crabtree (right leg) missed his seventh consecutive day of practice. He came out onto one of the main fields halfway through Saturday night's session. He worked with head strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama for about an hour. Typically, he has been working on a side field. Receiver Joe Hastings (right leg) and cornerback Curtis Holcomb have yet to return to practice either and continued their work on a side field. Tight end Nate Byham was out for a a second day. Offensive lineman Jason Slowey was at the facility earlier in the day but was not on the field for practice. Running back Jewel Hampton (foot) is on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Offensive play of the day: The Dobbs touchdown reception was impressive, but an improvisational play between Alex Smith and Frank Gore stands out. Under pressure from Ahmad Brooks, Smith quickly saw that Gore was open in the right flat and lobbed the ball, almost underhand, over the defenders to Gore. Gore went for a big gain in the open space.

Defensive play of the day: Cornerback Perrish Cox kept pace with the speedy Ted Ginn along the right side line and had a beautifully timed break up of a perfectly thrown deep ball from Alex Smith.

Eye on reps: Starting left guard Mike Iupati has yet to return from the birth of his first child. In his absence, Leonard Davis played left guard and Alex Boone played right guard with the starters. Josh Johnson, Colin Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien all had reps with the first team offense and against the first team defense at different times during the two-and-a-half hour practice.

Rookie report: Linebackers Kourtnei Brown and Cam Johnson stood out among the rookie class. Johnson had a called sack on Kaepernick in 11-on-11 drills as well as a stop on Frank Gore up the middle. Brown broke up a pass in the back of the end zone and also tipped a ball that bobbled through the defense before landing into the hands of guard Joe Looney.

Extra work: Second year defensive lineman Ian Williams got the defense yelping when he dropped running back Anthony Dixon in an 11-on-11 drill from within five yards of the goal line. He also was credited with a sack and almost had another sack of Josh Johnson from behind.

Coaching moment: At the end of practice, Jim Harbaugh lined up as the field goal kicker. When the ball was snapped, he rolled to the right for the fake. When the ball was pitched to him, his feet slid out from under him and he fell clumsily with a thud on his left side causing the entire team, and Harbaugh himself, to burst out laughing.

Quotable: During an 11-on-11 situation set up around an eight play drive, Aldon Smith and Justin Smith were in hot pursuit of Colin Kaepernick, Much to everyone's surprise on the sideline, Justin had the lung power to shout, "He's running again!"

Next practice: The 49ers will not practice on Sunday. They will return to work on Monday. None of the 49ers' practices in Santa Clara this summer are open to the general public due to the ongoing stadium construction.

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers


49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense. 

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’


LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns.