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SmithSmith, who completed 3 of 9 passes for 37 yards and a 7.4 rating during the 49ers' 37-17 exhibition victory over the Indianapolis Colts, did appear inaccurate with some of his throws. Turns out Smith threw the ball to its intended location on the two plays that stood out most.
Smith and tight end Vernon Davis misread one another on the play where it appeared as though Smith missed a wide-open Davis by a couple yards over the middle. Davis adjusted the end of his route in a manner Smith did not anticipate.
"We had a Cover 4 look and Vernon is really the only look there," Smith said. "He ran a great route and really nodded the guy hard and got the safety to jump outside, then went inside. It was something I hadn't anticipated, something we hadn't had a lot of work on because obviously we are not running all our stuff right now."
Smith took a five-step drop and fired the ball.
"Threw it where I wanted it," Smith said. "It was just a communication where I didn't know he was going to go through that kind of a nod move there. It's something we'll look at on film. Maybe it's a deal where he ran such a good route, maybe it's something we go to, maybe not."
Backup tight end Delanie Walker was to blame for the one interception Smith threw. The coverage was tight, but Walker had a chance at the ball, which bounced to a defensive back.
"Delanie jumped a little early and I felt he should have caught the ball," coach Mike Singletary said, "so it was just one of those things where the quarterback and the receiver have to continue to clean up and be more detailed on their routes, their decision-making."
The 49ers' backup quarterbacks put up excellent numbers against the Colts' backups. David Carr completed 9 of 11 passes for 98 yards, one touchdown and a 134.1 rating. Third-stringer Nate Davis completed 5 of 6 passes for 84 yards and a 118.8 rating.