(Eds: Updates. Stands for 49ers-Camp on some digests.) By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer Hitting and tackling is not allowed during team drills for the San Francisco 49ers, so Eric Reid practices proper technique by driving his body through a makeshift punching bag with the other defensive backs.
Apparently, Reid still needs to hit the bag some more.
San Francisco's first-round pick made six tackles in an impressive preseason debut against the Denver Broncos last Thursday night, including a pair of highlight-reel hits. Whether Reid will be ready to start at free safety against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the regular-season opener Sept. 8 is still unclear.
''He showed progress. He showed promise,'' defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Tuesday.
Fangio said he's not sure if Reid will make his first start in Friday's exhibition at Kansas City. For all the potent potential Reid has displayed so far, he's still a rookie - and prone to making rookie mistakes - so the...