Opposing defenses will have to spend more time in the film room before facing the 49ers this season, cornerback Shareece Wright said Wednesday.
Wright, who played for the San Diego Chargers last season, said preparing for the 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Week 16 was a fairly simple affair.
“Watching film (it was), ‘We’re going to run the ball with (Frank) Gore and we’re going to throw the ball to one receiver’ last year,” Wright said. “He had his guys that he went to. And I feel like this year, he’s opening it up a little bit. He’s not just attacking one side of the field and throwing the ball to one person. There’s a lot more options.”
Though the Chargers won that game, the 49ers gained 447 yards, including 355 on the ground. Kaepernick ran for 151 yards and Gore had 158. Kaepernick also had a touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington.
That aside, Wright said Kaepernick’s favorite receiver a year ago obviously was Anquan Boldin, who led the 49ers with 83 catches and 1,062 yards. In the offseason, the team added two downfield receivers in Torrey Smith and Jerome Simpson. And the 49ers have eight tight ends in camp, including Vernon Davis, who is hoping for a bounce-back season after a career-worst performance a year ago.
The philosophy also has changed, Kaepernick said.
“The design of our plays is different,” he said. “We’re trying to get different things accomplished than we were last year.”
The team’s new and varied attack, however, hasn’t exactly been clicking in recent practices. And Kaepernick and the rest of the offense have had a hard time dealing with a blitz-heavy style by the defense, which also is a change from last year.
That was on display Tuesday when, on the second play of a two-minute drill, the 49ers dialed an all-out blitz. Kaepernick reacted by attempting a quick throw to the outside that was intercepted by Wright and taken back for a touchdown.
The 49ers released cornerback Chris Cook, who played seven games for them last year before going on injured reserve because of a hamstring tear.
Said Kaepernick: “We did see a lot of pressure, a lot of different blitzes. It’s something we have to be comfortable with.”
Cook released – The 49ers released cornerback Chris Cook. Cook played seven games for them last year before going on injured reserve because of a hamstring tear. Cook, a second-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2010, had been one of several cornerbacks jockeying for position on the team’s depth chart.
The listed starters are Tramaine Brock and Wright. On passing downs, Dontae Johnson has played and Brock has been the nickel cornerback. The team also has several young players, including Keith Reaser and Kenneth Acker, who will get more snaps with Cook’s departure.
The 49ers used the open roster spot to sign wide receiver Nigel King, an undrafted rookie from the University of Kansas.
Et cetera – Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey Jr. cited Nick Bellore, Nick Moody and L.J. McCray as candidates to be leaders on the team’s rebuilt coverage units. Bellore played for McGaughey with the New York Jets.
▪ Simpson was expected to rejoin practice after a two-day excused absence for personal reasons. Rookie safety Jaquiski Tartt did not practice because of a toe bruise.
▪ Jarryd Hayne said he had a sore neck after his first padded practice Tuesday but otherwise was fine. Asked what he’d do on the players’ day off Thursday, he said, “Probably just sleep.”