Found August 13, 2013 on Fox Sports:
(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 49ers are trying to ease his transition to the NFL before making him the last line of defense. Reid, the former LSU standout the 49ers traded up 13 spots in the draft to take at No. 18, said he felt positive about his performance - not giving up a big play and, for the most of part, not missing any tackles. He said starting has been his goal since coming to the 49ers, but ''I try not to look too far ahead.'' ''I try to look at myself to get better as a player,'' he said. ''When the coach decides on who's the starter, whether it's me or another guy, I'm going to try to help this team out any way I can.'' While Reid is the kind of big hitter San Francisco is looking for to replace All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson, he's still learning to strike a balance with his aggressiveness. Reid made a jarring hit on Broncos tight end Virgil Green in the second quarter, but he arrived too late, allowing Green to make the catch for 13 yards and a first down. The rookie's most memorable played came in the third quarter, when Reid raced in from his free safety spot to knock Kemonte Bateman off his feet. The hard hit whipped teammates into a frenzy on the sideline. But again, the play went for 16 yards and another first down. The concern from coaches is that such hits could come so late they could draw penalties. Those ball-hawking skills take time to hone in the NFL, where plays develop at lightning-quick speeds. ''We love the big hit and coach it and try and get it at any time. He's just got to be smart and know not to hit after the whistle, know not to hit a guy in the head, a defenseless receiver,'' Fangio said. ''He didn't really have any of those plays the other day. We're going to be as aggressive as we can and as physical as we can within the rules.'' Veteran strong safety Donte Whitner has been helping Reid adjust. He believes the rookie has all the natural ability and intelligence to become an NFL starter. ''It's going to take a little experience,'' Whitner said. ''He's going to take some lumps. He'll have to give up some passes and understand where he's supposed to be. But, hopefully, he comes along really fast. He's making plays on the football.'' The competition to replace Goldson - who signed a free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason - has been among the closest in camp. C.J. Spillman, Trenton Robinson and Craig Dahl all have spent time starting in practice, though Reid has started to emerge as a real possibility to start in Week 1. Dahl played the opening minutes against Denver, but Reid got the majority of playing time, albeit against mostly second-stringers. That progress has slowed since because Reid sat out practices Saturday and Sunday with a stiff back, which he saw a chiropractor for Monday to get back on the field. ''I didn't know my spine could pop that much,'' Reid quipped. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound Reid said comprehending the more advanced schemes in the NFL remains his toughest task. He's also adjusting to a 3-4 scheme after playing a 4-3 alignment in college, and while the concepts are the same for a safety, he said his responsibilities can change - often after the ball is snapped. Reid said his timing will improve - he just needs to keep learning and be patient. ''A coach told me a long time ago,'' Reid said, `"You don't necessarily look for the big hit. It will come to you.''' --- NOTES: Fangio said he doesn't expect his two injured rookie defensive linemen, second-round pick Tank Carradine (knee) and fifth-round pick Quinton Dial (toe), to return to practice anytime soon. He also said it's possible both will be on the non-football injury list to start the season. ... Former British Olympic discus thrower Lawrence Okoye, a 6-foot-6, 304-pounder trying to make the transition to defensive lineman, played six snaps in the preseason opener. The 49ers are being patient with Okoye but hoping to give him more playing time in upcoming exhibitions. ''He is making slight improvements,'' Fangio said. ''And, in his case, slight is big.'' --- AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
MOVE A BUST

2012 first-rounder may get cut?

A.J. Jenkins was the Niners' first-round selection just 18 months ago, and even though the team is desperate for receivers at the moment, his roster spot is reportedly still in jeopardy. 

Day 14 of San Francisco 49ers Training Camp: Defense Dominates & A.J. Jenkins’ Snaps Dwindle

Previously on day 13 of San Francisco 49ers training camp, Colin Kaepernick put on an offensive show.  On day 14, the 49ers’ defense dominated the practice field.  Kaepernick was sacked five times, rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper intercepted Kaepernick on a pass intended for Kyle Williams, and rookie cornerback Darryl Morris defended two Kaepernick passes to A.J. Jenkins...

49ers’ Vance McDonald out for 7-10 days with an undisclosed injury

According to the San Francisco Chronicle,  49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed that rookie tight end Vance McDonald will be out for the next seven to ten days with an undisclosed injury. This means McDonald will miss this week’s preseason game and should be back for their week three match up against the Vikings. So far during camp,  McDonald has struggled with pass blocking...

Nnamdi Asomugha admitted his two years in Philly shook his confidence

While the 49ers have indicated that the jury is still out on whether or not cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha can still play at a high level,  he’s more confident now then he was with the Eagles. According to the Sacramento Bee,  Asomugha admitted that the past two years in Philly shook his confidence. He acknowledged that the two seasons in Philadelphia shook his confidence. “I feel...

NT Glenn Dorsey ready to live up to his potential, enjoying fresh start with 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers didn’t give DL Glenn Dorsey any assurances on his role when they signed him to a two-year, $6 million deal in March. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft for the Kansas City Chiefs, but things didn’t work out there.

49ers defensive lineman Dobbs suspended for Week 1

San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs has been suspended for Week 1 against Green Bay for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. The 49ers, in announcing the penalty Wednesday jointly with the NFL, say Dobbs will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 9, a day after the reigning NFC champion Niners' season opener at home against the...

49ers' Dobbs suspended for Week 1

San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs was suspended Wednesday for a Week 1 game against Green Bay for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. The 49ers, in announcing the penalty jointly with the NFL, say Dobbs will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 9, a day after the reigning NFC champion Niners' season opener at home against the...

Colin Kaepernick: Mental Part Of My Game Is ‘Underestimated’

Colin Kaepernick took the NFL by storm last season after taking over for Alex Smith, and doesn’t appear to be easing up anytime sooner. Kaepernick brings the dynamic of speed, strength, a strong-arm, and excitement to the quarterback position.  Kaepernick told the Sporting News that his most important dynamic, “his mental approach to the game, is underestimated.” “I think...

Nnamdi Asomugha Says 2 Years In Philly Shook His Confidence

Nnamdi Asomugha is trying to find himself again as a football player. Asomugha signed with the Eagles during the 2011 off-season, and was a consensus top two cornerback in the game, and a rich man after getting a $60 million deal in exchange. Fast forward two years, and Asomugha is in San Francisco fighting for his football life.  Asomugha is no longer considered the top corner...

49ers named by Forbes as 10th most valuable NFL team

Whenever Forbes another list about the most valuable sports franchises it’s like whatever. We get to see how the rich got richer. We yell at our computer screens to see the Cowboys once again listed at the very top. None of it matters on the actual playing field. That said, hey, everybody, the 49ers are the 10th most valuable team in the NFL! Forbes came out with its latest NFL...

49ers defense eager to face Chiefs QB Alex Smith

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Over all those years and thousands of practice snaps, the stingy San Francisco defense never got to put a hit on Alex Smith. And this is a group known for its vicious blows, from sack man Aldon Smith at linebacker to pounding safety Donte Whitner. So, no surprise Smith's former teammates on the opposite side of the ball will be salivating to finally...

Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis – unstoppable in practice

The Colin Kaepernick-Vernon Davis connection continues to dazzle. They hooked up on a pretty 40-yard touchdown pass down the middle. Kaepernick who is sometimes criticized for his lack of touch dropped a beautiful pass into Davis between Carlos Rogers and Craig Dahl on another play. Rookie Vance McDonald did not practice after hardly participating on Saturday however Garrett Celek...

2013 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings by Tier: The Elite

Click here to enter the 2013 Lester’s Legends Fantasy Football Team Name Contest! . The tight end position is deep, but it is limited at the top. I have no problem waiting to take a tight end after the elite options come off the board. That doesn’t mean that this quartet won’t stand out from the crowd. . Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers Vernon Davis hasn’t been...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.