49ers practice notes: Moss gets deep on 2-minute drill


49ers practice notes: Moss gets deep on 2-minute drill

SANTA CLARA -- Coming back off the Memorial Day weekend, seven prominent 49ers were not on the practice field Tuesday at the team's training complex.
Receivers Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham, tight end Vernon Davis, right tackle Anthony Davis, and defensive backs Donte Whitner, Chris Culliver and unsigned franchise player Dashon Goldson did not take part in the voluntary practice. Culliver was seen at the practice facility earlier in the day.
It was believed to be the first day of the 49ers' offseason program that Crabtree missed. Terms of Crabtree's contract require him to attend 90-percent of the team's voluntary work to receive millions of dollars in salary through 2014.
Here are some of the highlights of the two-hour practice:--Alex Boone, who is atop the depth chart at right guard, moved to right tackle with starter Anthony Davis' absence. Rookie Mike Person was inserted at right guard with the first team, while Daniel Kilgore practiced at center with the second team.--Randy Moss and Kyle Williams were the first-team receivers, while C.J. Spillman and rookie Trenton Robinson handled the first-team reps at safety.
--Defensive back Cory Nelms and defensive lineman Will Tukuafu practiced with the offense. Nelms ran patterns at wide receiver and Tukuafu saw action as fullback Bruce Miller's backup. Nelms dropped a couple passes, but beat rookie cornerback Anthony Mosley on a deep pass from Josh Johnson during one-one-one.--During a two-minute drill to conclude practice, quarterback Alex Smith hit Randy Moss on a 45-yard pass down the right sideline against unsuspecting rookie cornerback Deante' Purvis. Moss gave no indication the ball was en route and Purvis never turned around as Moss gently reached up to catch the pass and stepped out of bounds. The 49ers' first-team offense scored on Smith's short-pass to Kyle Williams on fourth down.--The No. 2 offense stalled against the starting defense despite Colin Kaepernick tearing off on a long run. NaVorro Bowman and Ahmad Brooks had sacks in the non-contact drill. The drive ended when Patrick Willis (inadvertently) threw down tight end Konrad Reuland after a short pass on fourth down.--Kaepernick continues to work with the 49ers' No. 2 offense, as he tries to win the backup job over Josh Johnson. "I feel like I'm leaps and bounds ahead of where I was last year," Kaepernick said, "as far as being comfortable with this offense and being able to go out there and execute. Everything comes so much more natural now."Kaepernick's accuracy comes and goes as he tries to tighten up his throwing motion. "They'll do little things here and there to help me get the ball out a little quicker, but they're not doing anything dramatic," Kaepernick said of the coaching staff's work with his mechanics.
--Rookie receiver A.J. Jenkins had some good tussles against cornerback Perrish Cox during one-on-one. Jenkins held onto a Johnson pass at the sideline despite contact that knocked both players to the ground. Cox later broke up a Scott Tolzien pass. Later, working against safety Trenton Robinson, Jenkins appeared to push off to make a back-shoulder catch of a Johnson pass.--There will not be another practice open to the media until next week.

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."