Following Friday’s 24-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the 49ers offense has been eager to show an improved performance in its next exhibition appearance.
But first, the offense has to show a greater grasp of Greg Roman’s system. Fortunately for the 49ers offensive unit, the starting 11 took strides on Monday, putting together a strong practice which included several big plays.
After throwing several touchdown passes during red zone periods, quarterback
But it’s not one sequence of practice that’s giving the 49ers a boost in confidence. They know they’re growing as a unit. And it’s because of the competitive undertones of training camp that the offense is able to regularly push itself to succeed.
With head coach Jim Harbaugh’s practices regularly involving game-like scenarios, the 49ers offense has had no choice but to catch on.
“It’s very competitive,”
And so far, the ultra-competitive tight end sees the 49ers steadily improving throughout camp.
“We’re getting there,” Davis added. “We still have a lot of room to grow. We obviously have some time ahead of us to keep getting better and keep moving on with what we have. So I think our future is pretty bright.”
Roman was equally pleased with Monday’s workout.
“We got a plan, a long-term plan and we’re installing a lot of things on them right now,” he said following a three-hour session. “They’re working really hard, working through it and getting better every day.”
Ginn, who has been lining up with the first-team offense, said his 40-yard touchdown catch was just a sign of the offense’s sped-up maturation.
“We’re all still trying to gel together as one,” said Ginn, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound wideout. “Our first game didn’t go as well as we wanted to, but we’re going to come out this week and put our all into it and hope we show a difference from the first week.”
Davis channeled his inner Bart Scott, saying he “can’t wait” for Saturday’s preseason matchup with the Oakland Raiders.
And although Roman didn’t use the popular phrase of the New York Jets linebacker, he’s clearly ready to see how his offense has improved.
“In the NFL, you’re either prepared or you’re not,” Roman explained. “If you don't get it done, you’re not prepared. We didn’t get it done on the field, therefore we weren’t prepared. A lot of it stems from little things – little thing here, a little thing there - that’s very correctable and that’s the encouraging part about it.”
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Both Roman and Ginn praised Edwards’ addition in the 49ers locker room. “I think Braylon’s doing a very good job thus far,” Roman said. “He’s picking things up and I really think his attitude’s been phenomenal and his work ethic’s been great. He’s got a good base of football knowledge and understands the game. If he keeps progressing he’s going to be a real asset for us.”
Ginn said Edwards has been a great teammate in wide receiver meetings. He also said he has no problem working with a Michigan alum. Ginn played with a few former Wolverines with the Miami Dolphins like quarterback Chad Henne and tackle Jake Long. “Braylon came in and fit in right away,” Ginn said. “He acts just like everybody and he’s coming along with his playbook. He’s learning, asking questions and that’s all you can ask for from a guy who came in kind of late. On the field, he’s just a great guy.”
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