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Sunday, August 10, 2008
Tracking 49ers' Justin Smith in exhibition debut

By Mike Sando

Posted by's Mike Sando

Former Bengals defensive end Justin Smith made his 49ers debut Friday night. I saw him on the field for 11 snaps. The 49ers moved him around. Here's a play-by-play look at his first live action in a 49ers uniform:

First series
Second series

That was the last play for Smith, by my count. He was on the field for a non-play (negated by penalty), but I didn't count that one. While the 49ers moved Smith around, defenses tend to keep things simple when the games do not count. I would expect more from Smith once the 49ers start game-planning for opponents more seriously. His relentlessness should pay more dividends over the course of a full game, as opposed to a handful of snaps.