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49ers Pass Rush Takes Over

Posted Aug 12, 2013

The 49ers defense, pass-rush in particular, had a strong showing at Monday's camp session.



Jim Harbaugh was hoping for a second consecutive “crisp” practice at 49ers training camp.

It was a good showing, but mostly for the members of the 49ers defense.

Front-seven standouts Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks and Ray McDonald recorded sacks during Monday’s session. It came on the heels of Sunday’s offensive aerial display.

Aldon Smith recorded a sack on Colin Kaepernick and then left practice midway to be evaluated in the locker room. The outside linebacker, however, returned later and recorded a sack on rookie B.J. Daniels.

Colin Kaepernick and his fellow 49ers quarterbacks made their share of throws, but the passers were under pressure for most of the day.

When he had time to throw and step up in the pocket, Kaepernick continued to connect with Vernon Davis down the field. Kaepernick also completed a 40-yard jump ball to Marlon Moore down the right sideline over rookie Marcus Cooper. The seventh-round draft pick later intercepted a Kaepernick pass intended for Kyle Williams.

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One of Kaepernick’s best throws was intended for Williams on a deep corner route. San Francisco’s quarterback launched the ball 25-yard downfield before Williams broke out on his route. The ball landed perfectly to Williams along the left sideline in between the coverage of Brown and rookie Eric Reid, who lined up with the first-team defense at free safety.

As the backup quarterback competition heats up, Daniels saw more action with the second-team offense. The seventh-round pick, however, was intercepted twice on the day. Tarell Brown and Perrish Cox both recorded the takeaways.

Elsewhere, reserve linebacker Nate Stupar broke up three passes. C.J. Spillman, too, broke up a Scott Tolzien pass intended to emerging tight end Garrett Celek. Starting strong safety Donte Whitner intercepted Tolzien, too.

Tolzien later connected with Anquan Boldin on a 40-yard touchdown against Spillman and Cox’s coverage.

Training Camp Notes

-Carlos Rogers dressed for practice, but did not take part in most drills. He took off his shoulder pads and wore a jersey and uniform pants for the day. Nnamdi Asomugha joined Brown as the starting cornerbacks.

-Joe Staley, Raymond Ventrone, Vance McDonald and Jewell Hampton missed the session entirely.

-Kendall Hunter saw his first work in 11-on-11 and red zone periods. The only ball thrown Hunter’s way was a low pass from Kaepernick in the right flat. Hunter was unable to make the catch. “That’s me, Kendall,” Kaepernick said taking the blame on his low throw.

-A.J. Jenkins did not catch any passes during team periods. He was overthrown by Kaepernick on one occasion and had a 50-yard deep thrown his way broken up by undrafted cornerback Darryl Morris.

-Practice wrapped up with Anthony Dixon colliding into Trenton Robinson. Harbaugh spoke briefly with the fourth-year running back about the proper tempo for the 11-on-11 period. Offensive linemen Wayne Tribue and defensive linemen appeared to both be hobbled in the final team period.