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A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the San Francisco 49ers training camp:
The 49ers and Baltimore Ravens ended their mini-training camp (the two teams played a preseason game Thursday and then held joint practices Saturday-through Monday at the Ravens’ facility) with a group huddle.
It was a fitting end to a peaceful, productive camp which was highlighted by the leadership of brothers Jim and John Harbaugh, the head coaches of the 49ers and Ravens, respectively.
There was nary a fight in the three days. It was all about two teams trying to get better. Before his team boarded a plan to end their six-day trip East, Jim Harbaugh was ecstatic about the how the sessions transpired.
“Went better than expected for our football team. We got better. There’s no question about it,” Jim Harbaugh said, lauding the Ravens for their hopsitiality. “Not one complaint. I mean, that’s rare, that’s rare to get. Not one complaint from anybody, which speaks volumes. That really says it all. And Ravens, first-class all the way.”
The Harbaugh brothers have talked about repeating the session next summer at the 49ers Santa Clara facility. However, Jim Harbaugh, whose team lost Super Bowl XLVII to the Ravens, wouldn’t mind seeing his brother and the Ravens sooner than that.
“We’d like to do it in February,” Harbaugh said. “That would be outstanding.”
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick echoed his coach’s thoughts about the peaceful production of the workouts.
“I think once we got the first walkthrough out of the way and everybody kind of got their feet wet, we knew we were here to try to get better and it wasn’t, ‘We’re going to try to fight you guys,’ or anything like that,” Kaepernick said. “We’re both trying to get better as a team and make sure we’re prepared for this season. Hopefully, we see them during the season because if we do, it’s in the Super Bowl.”
The 49ers got good news regarding backup guard Adam Snyder, who left Sunday's practice with a knee injury. There was initial concern, but Harbaugh said Monday the injury doesn’t appear serious. Snyder is a key backup; especially with right guard Alex Boone holding out.
Harbaugh lauded the play of star tight end Vernon Davis this summer. Kaepernick said Davis seems faster at the age of 30. These words could be a good sign for Davis, who’d like a new contract. He held out of minicamp, but was on time for training camp. If Davis has a big season, I could see the 49ers looking to extend him in the offseason. The 2015 season is the final year of his contract.
The two teams were in shells Monday after working in full pads the first two days of workouts.
Receiver Brandon Lloyd returned to practice after missing about two weeks with an undisclosed minor injury.
Tight end Vance McDonald missed his third straight practice with an undisclosed issue.
Receiver Chuck Jacobs cleared waivers and is on the 49ers injured reserve. He tore his ACL Thursday.
The 49ers have Tuesday off. They have two more training camp practices.
A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the San Francisco 49ers training camp:The 49ers and Baltimore Ravens ended their mini-training camp (the two teams played a preseason game Thursday and then held joint practices Saturday-through Monday at the Ravens’ facility) with a group huddle.