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Brandon Lloyd's Unique Visualization Technique Makes Jim Harbaugh 'Giggle'

Posted Jul 31, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver draws curious eyes from coaches and players for acting out his routes in the film room.

Jim Harbaugh and Anquan Boldin can't help but to smile when talking about Brandon Lloyd's meeting-room antics.

Niners Daily explains.

Acting Out

Despite taking a year off from football, Lloyd has arrived at 49ers training camp showing no signs of rust. Apparently, the wide receiver's offbeat personality is back in full force as well.

During film study sessions, Lloyd goes into gameday character and acts out his responsibilites as if he were on the field. He does all this from a seated position, except for when he occasionally stands up to juke out his virtual defender.

"He’ll be sitting in his chair watching the tape... and all of a sudden here comes a swim move, you know, or a slap of the arm," Harbaugh said. "Talk about full-speed mentally and 100 percent engaged in the meeting. I mean, I’ve never seen a guy at any level go through a meeting like that. And it just makes me giggle and giddy to watch him do it.”

Count Boldin as another football lifer who has never witnessed that type of mental exercise.

"He’s entertaining in that respect, you see him going through the rep," the veteran said. "He’s animated. That’s new to me and this is my 12th year. Guess you learn something new every day."

Although Lloyd's unique learning tool initially caught Harbaugh off-guard, the 49ers coach is now somewhat jealous of his player's creativity.

"My second thought was, ‘Wish I had done that,'" Harbaugh said. "This might be one of the neatest things I’ve ever seen."

Trade Throwback

A half hour up the highway, the Oakland A's made a big splash with a pair of deals as Thursday marked Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline.

The 49ers have been active in the trade market as well in the recent past, acquiring a trio of notable players this offseason to bolster their roster. Here's a look at the team's activity.

Blaine Gabbert: The former first-round selection came over from the Jacksonville Jaguars in March to compete for the backup quarterback job, a position he appears likely to win. The 49ers reportedly made the trade in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.

Jonathan Martin: The 49ers landed the Stanford offensive line product in March from the Miami Dolphins for a reported conditional draft pick. He's working at right tackle in camp and will see time at guard, too.

Stevie Johnson: A California native, Johnson spent his entire career with the Buffalo Bills before the 49ers traded for him in May for a reported conditional fourth-round pick in 2015. He'll be a key cog in San Francisco's receiving corps alongside Boldin and Michael Crabtree.

Birthday Bash

49ers rookie cornerback Keith Reaser celebrated his 23rd birthday Wednesday. The team's fifth-round draft pick this year, Reaser is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered while in college playing for FAU on Oct. 5, 2013, and is on the PUP List.

The Vault

Take a look back at the 49ers trading up in the 2011 NFL Draft to select Colin Kaepernick.