This has been a tumultuous training camp for the San Francisco 49ers defense.
Starting nose tackle
It's worth asking then: How is the last line of the 49ers defense holding up?
“I think it’s coming along really good," Jim Harbaugh said before practice on Friday evening, where 10,000 fans watched from Levi's® Stadium seats. "I think our safety play has been very good. Has been in practice and in game.
Don't use the team's public session as a measuring stick. The white-uniformed defense had shoulder pads and helmets on but were instructed to move at a slower pace in advance of Sunday's preseason home opener versus the Denver Broncos.
Nevertheless, Reid and Bethea moved around the field well, seemed to be piloting the defense from the backfield and should give fans a better barometer on Sunday.
–The other nine players working with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's first unit: Bethea, Reid, cornerbacks
–Brock, who is expected to be the team's top cornerback come the regular season, didn't participate in team drills and watched from the sideline in his number 26 uniform.
–First-round draft pick
–Another rookie defensive back,
–The session included a lot of scout team looks, as the number two defense tested the offense and the number two offense ran new schemes against the number one defense.
–Aldon Smith had a would-be sack on reserve quarterback
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