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Adams Fresh After Rigorous Rehab

Posted Jul 31, 2011



Phillip Adams looks and feels like his old self. Take Sunday’s first padded-practice of the 49ers 2011 training camp as a prime example.

The 49ers seventh-round pick in 2010 displayed his budding talents in a team period, intercepting a Jeremiah Masoli pass.

On the play, Adams was in a cover-2 defense where he backpedaled, read Masoli’s eyes and jumped a post pattern intended for a wide receiver.

Adams’ takeaway picked up the practice tempo and let everyone know that the 5-foot-11, 192-pound cornerback is fully recovered from a nasty ankle injury suffered Week 16 of the 2010 regular season.

Adams broke his ankle on while covering a kickoff against the Rams. He has yet to watch the play and vows never to do so.

However, Adams will surely enjoy his highlight play from Sunday’s practice.

“It was a good feeling for me,” he said with a big smile. “I love getting picks. There’s nothing more rewarding than getting a pick on the field.”

Perhaps the interception and subsequent experience Adams is receiving in this training camp is a reward after all. Adams spent the entire offseason rehabbing rigorously on the injured ankle.

And while the NFL’s work stoppage lingered longer into the summer, Adams continued his prep work eyeing training camp as his opportunity to play with teammates at full-strength.

Now, he’s back to focusing on the mental side of the game. There’s a new defense to learn and as defensive coordinator Vic Fangio pointed out on Saturday, several positions on the defensive side of the ball are for the taking.

Adams is hopeful he can intercept one of those starting 11 spots on Fangio’s defense.

But until then, he’ll concentrate on putting himself in the best position to start.

“It’s about learning right now,” Adams explained. “I want to know everything there is to know about this defense. That’s what I’m trying to do as a cornerback. My goal is to be a good cornerback in this league and whatever takes me to do that I’m willing to do.”

Notes and Quotes

New 49ers kicker David Akers, who we profiled prior to the start of practice, met with reporters following the three-hour session. Akers dropped a pretty memorable quote about his on-field demeanor, “I have a linebacker’s mentality in a punter’s body,” he joked.

Joining Adams in the takeaway discussion were safety Reggie Smith and linebacker Scott McKillop, who recorded his second interception of camp.

Pass rushers out of Missouri looked pretty solid in one-on-one pass rushing drills. Those players being veteran defensive tackle Justin Smith and rookie outside linebacker Aldon Smith. Both Tigers looked solid in the drill, displaying power rush moves as well as quick hand moves.

Play of the day honors went to wide receiver Kevin Jurovich who made a nice one-handed grab during one-on-one drills. Jurovich adjusted to a deep ball by hauling it out of the air with one hand while sprinting down the right sideline.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh informed the media after practice that the 49ers have canceled their Monday practice. He also said that veteran running back Frank Gore intends to report to training camp on Monday.