49ers at Ravens: First brother-vs.-brother sessions runs smoothly
08/09/2014 3:21 PM
08/09/2014 3:33 PM
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Two days after they faced each other in their preseason openers, the 49ers and Ravens scrimmaged for 2 ½ hours in hot and muggy Maryland. The result: A whole bunch of handshakes and some affectionate back thwacks.
Ok, there were a couple of frayed nerves during the session. For the 49ers, fullback Will Tukuafu, outside linebacker Aaron Lynch and even Anquan Boldin seemed to get a tad testy at times. But there was certainly no fisticuffs and the joint practice operated, well, like a regular training-camp practice.
Patriarch Jack Harbaugh watched the session and noted that this was the second meeting between the squads in three days. “To do it so respectfully, I think it speaks highly of the players and the teams and how they feel about each other,” he said.
Compared to the 49ers' practice facility, which doesn't have a single 100-yard field, the Ravens complex in rural Owings Mills is sprawling. It has three full-sized grass fields outside and another indoor field that's typically used during snowstorms.
For most of the session, the 49ers offense worked against the Ravens defense on one field. Jim Harbaugh presided over that part of it. His brother, John, was in charge of the adjacent practice that had the Ravens offense going against the 49ers defense.
Colin Kaepernick looked like he usually does. His across-the middle passes, including a nice seam route to tight end Derek Carrier, were on the money. The touch passes down the sideline weren't as consistent. Overall, he was 14-22 when the teams were going 11-11.
Vance McDonald sat out the practice with what seemed like a minor injury, which means two tight ends – Garrett Celek is the other – are not practicing. That meant more snaps to undrafted rookie Asante Cleveland. Kaepernick tried to hit Cleveland once in the back of the end zone in 7-on-7 drills only to see the pass tipped an intercepted. Another pass in 11-on-11 drills to Cleveland was picked off by safety Jeromy Miles.
On the next play, however, Kaepernick hit Carrier streaking down the middle of the field for what would have been a 70-yard touchdown. Kaepernick's favorite target may have been receiver Stevie Johnson, who turned in a good practice following his strong showing in the preseason game.
The defense was practicing on the far field and it was admittedly difficult to keep track of both sessions at once. New Ravens receiver Steve Smith seemed to be having a big practice, hauling in a deep, diving catch along the sideline on one play and running down another deep pass to beat 49ers backups Darryl Morris and C.J. Spillman on another deep ball.
Defensive end Tank Carradine powered through a thigh bruise suffered Thursday and took part in the practice. He knocked away a Joe Flacco pass on a bootleg late in practice. Demarcus Dobbs practiced after leaving Thursday's game but Lawrence Okoye (ankle) did not.
The newest 49er, receiver Lance Lewis, will wear No. 18 when the 49ers return to Santa Clara. All that's available , however, is Chuck Jacobs' No. 17. Lewis was pressed into action quickly, and he caught two deep passes along the sideline, one of them from Josh Johnson. Both, however, were out of bounds.
Lynch went through his first full practice of training camp and looked very powerful rushing from the left side. Fellow rookie Marcus Martin also practiced but did not look as good. Martin was overpowered a couple of times and seemed to be working through a minor ailment.
The “charged emotion” involving Boldin occurred after he caught a short crossing route then was hit by linebacker Elvis Dumervil. Boldin quickly turned around to face the linebacker. That drew a chorus of “Q!” from the Ravens standing on the sideline just a few yards away. It did not escalate.
Something to note: Because the 49ers offense was operating at the same time as the Ravens offense, it was easy to assess which team was in and out of the huddle faster. This will come as no surprise to 49ers fans, but the Ravens were far, far faster, running nearly two plays to every one by San Francisco.
Asked about how the 49ers' first-team offensive line performed in Thursday's game, Jim Harbaugh instead chose to compliment the second-team line. It consists of tackles Ryan Seymour and Carter Bykowski, guards Mike Philippi and Al Netter and center Dillon Farrell.
During one-on-one pass -rush drills, right tackle Jonathan Martin did not fare well against Dumervil. Guard Adam Snyder was beaten handily by defensive tackle Jamie Meder. Tackle Joe Staley, however, looked good in his matchup with Terrell Suggs and Pernell McPhee.
Receiver Brandon Lloyd warmed up but did not practice. He seems close to returning.
About This BlogMatt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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