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Minicamp Quotes: Michael Crabtree's Form, Bruce Ellington's Speed and Aldon Smith's Status

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Looking back on the San Francisco 49ers veteran camp and toward the team's July training camp, there is a lot to be excited about.

Jim Harbaugh: "Individual players, thought LaMichael James really stood out this week. Kendall Hunter had a great camp. Really happy with Blaine Gabbert, his progress up until now and this entire week. Very good. Brandon Lloyd is standing out. Bruce Ellington is standing out. I’m kind of focusing on new guys, new additions. Defensive line, talked about that several times, just how good I think our defensive line is going to be, and what a strength that’s going to be for our football team. Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial, Kaleb Ramsey, Demarcus Dobbs, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Mike Purcell, not to mention Glenn Dorsey, Ray McDonald and Justin Smith. It’s a real stout unit for us. Our linebackers had an outstanding camp. Really believe that we can be dominate at that position again. Very pleased where our secondary is right now. The addition of Antoine Bethea. Eric Reid continues to grow. Tramaine Brock had a great camp again.

Crabtree Rounding into Form

Colin Kaepernick on Michael Crabtree: "At the end of last year he still wasn’t 100%. He has a lot more burst to him now. Looks really good.”

Aldon in Action

Harbaugh: Aldon Smith's status is "yet to be determined. Right now, planning, as you can see he’s out here practicing, part of the team.

“Aldon was dominant (Thursday), (Wednesday) especially. Got a lot more reps yesterday. We weren’t really able to block him."

The Speed of Bruce

Kaepernick on Ellington: “I feel like he has game speed. He’s faster than he looks and he can separate. So, we’re very excited about what he can add to this team.”

Harbaugh to Peru

Harbaugh: “I leave Saturday. Very excited about it. Going back to see some friends that I’ve been visiting for six years now, and building houses, missionary work, friends in the prison, orphanage, families that the church sponsors down there. Taking my kids this year. That’s exciting. Taking my older kids, so they get to have that great experience. Looking forward to it. Packed, ready to go.”

Training Camp Dates

Harbaugh: "The rookies will be coming in July 16. Injured vets and quarterbacks would come in the 18th and then the reporting day for training camp will be the 23rd.

“First practice the 24th, second practice the 25th, first practice in pads is the 26th.

“We have three (public practices at Levi's® Stadium) scheduled right now.

"Everything about a new stadium will be exciting. Especially all of the things for the first time, including practicing in the new stadium, public seeing our team in the new stadium, going into the locker room, families going into the family room. It’s going to add great excitement to the players, and that’s a good thing.”