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Asomugha Disrupts Offensive Momentum

Posted Jul 31, 2013

The free agent addition recorded his first interception of camp on Wednesday.

Nnamdi Asomugha has taken a liking to San Francisco’s defensive system. The 11-year veteran also stressed his eagerness to put on pads and perform for his new coaching staff.

Asomugha has been in position to make a few pass breakups in the early stages of 49ers training camp, but Wednesday was a whole different story.

The free agent addition recorded his first interception of camp and also had an impressive pass breakup to thwart a Colt McCoy end zone pass to Anquan Boldin.

Asomugha’s big day, however, lost its luster due to a couple of injuries on the 49ers defense. Six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis did not finish practice after appearing to suffer a hand injury in a one-on-one blitz pickup drill. NaVorro Bowman also did not finish the session. Outside linebacker Aldon Smith sat out of practice, too.


Without the majority of the team's starting linebackers, young players on defense were able to maximize their opportunities. Michael Wilhoite and Nate Stupar took the majority of reps at inside linebacker; Stupar also intercepted Colin Kaepernick in a red zone 7-on-7 period. Veteran Parys Haralson joined the first-team defense in place of Smith.

Even without key members on defense, the group disrupted the offense's recent run of productive practices. Chris Culliver recorded the first interception of the day when he picked off a Scott Tolzien pass intended for Marlon Moore in the opening 7-on-7 period. Culliver would later sit out the final team period of practice while trainers looked at his upper body.

A few plays later Moore caught a deep touchdown over cornerback Tramaine Brock.

The offense experienced a dip in production from there. The unit dropped four passes in the next 7-on-7 period.

Asomugha also recorded his interception on Kaepernick when he read a comeback route to Chad Hall. Asomugha broke on the football, tipped it in the air and still managed to haul in the takeaway much to the delight of his head coach.


“Good job Nnamdi,” Jim Harbaugh yelled out after the play.

Training Camp Notes

-Vernon Davis continued to be a prime target for the 49ers offense. He beat Haralson on a wheel route to haul in a 30-yard reception in the first team period of practice. Davis also caught a key third-down catch in a later move-the-ball period to set up a 49ers field goal.

-Rookie tackle Carter Bykowski limped off the field during the team period and went into the locker room.
-The 49ers responded in the final red zone periods with several touchdown passes. Kaepernick found LaMichael James open in the left flat; McCoy also completed a short touchdown to Garrett Celek in the left flat. Later, Kaepernick completed a 20-yard touchdown to Celek in the back right corner of the end zone over Brock’s coverage. Kaepernick also found undrafted rookie wideout Chuck Jacobs in the back left corner of the end zone. B.J. Daniels closed out the practice with a pair of touchdown throws – the first to James in the back middle of the end zone – the second to Jacobs on a short fade route.


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