Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
49ers WR Torrey Smith (back, toe, questionable) missed practice again Thursday and is questionable for Week 15. Smith is apparently a game-time decision for Sunday. He’s not a good fantasy option at this point.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
49ers WR Torrey Smith (back, toe, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 14. Smith’s absence from Thursday practice was precautionary, per HC Jim Tomsula.
Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:28pm
Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:16pm
Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 8:45pm
Some notes from 49ers camp on Tuesday:
Smith apparently suffered the injury while making a 5-yard catch in Saturday’s exhibition loss at Denver. He showed no hindrance at practice, nor while seen walking around in the locker room.
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Kendall Hunter looked to be favoring his reconstructed right knee while working on a side field with a trainer at the start of practice. Hunter had seven carries for 15 yards Saturday in his first game action since the 2013 season finale.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:14am
With longtime deep threat Torrey Smith in San Francisco and his replacement, first-round wide receiver Breshad Perriman, out for going on four weeks, the Ravens passing game has seemed to lack a down-field dimension through training camp and the first half of the taken on a different look than years past.
Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, while acknowledging that missing top-end speed, said the team has other ways of getting chunks of yardage in the passing game than by hitting a receiver who has run past his defender.
“We’ve hit a lot of deep balls; you saw last week if you were in Philadelphia,” Trestman said. “We went on the edge and practiced and made some plays on the edge. [If] you went on the deep ball in the National Football League, you don’t have to go by your guy to beat him. The guy can be on top of you, and you can back-shoulder throw. That’s a vertical throw, too, and we [had] a bunch of that in the games, in the practices anyways. We got one by Marlon [Brown] in the game.
“We have enough speed to get down-field,” Tresman said. “It’s [about] how we do it and how we scheme it and approach it. Our guys are fast enough.”
The down-field passing game has been a big part of the Ravens offense, with quarterback Joe Flacco completing 21 of 56 passes over 20 yards down-field for 663 yards with 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Factor in the seven drops on such passes, and the balls that resulted in Smith’s league-leading 11 pass interference penalties drawn for 229, and you have a big part of the Ravens offense.
Steve Smith has also provided a target down-field, as evidenced by his Week 1 touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. Kamar Aiken ran the proverbial “Torrey Smith route” early in Saturday’s game against the Eagles. But the return of Perriman, whose speed Trestman said is “one of the big reasons we got him,” will help that aspect of their offense, the story said.
That's 10 days ago. That's eight practices missed.
The hope entering training camp has been for Perriman to compete for a starting wide receiver spot and replace Torrey Smith as the deep threat on the team. That hinges on whether the Ravens' fastest player on the field is just as quick when it comes to digesting the playbook.
"He's a smart young man. He's not going to get behind learning the offense," offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said. "Obviously, he doesn't have the opportunity to develop his skill set on the grass, but we can't do anything about that. We'll work hard with Bobby [Engram, wide receivers coach] and our coaches to get him ready as quickly as we can and put him in a position where he can compete. When that time comes, we'll get started.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Perriman is "getting closer" to coming back, and he wouldn't rule him out for Thursday's preseason opener. The injuries to Perriman and Marlon Brown have strengthened Kamar Aiken's grip on the No. 2 wide receiver job. The Ravens don't believe Perriman's bruised knee is anything serious, and there's plenty of time for Perriman to catch up even if he misses Thursday's game the story said.
Sunday, August 2, 2015, 9:37am
Some 49ers notes from Saturday's practice:
- QB Colin Kaepernick had an uneven practice, but when he was on, the results were pretty. Such as the time he hooked up with WR Torrey Smith deep down the right side, beating Marcus Cromartie on a particularly nice throw. But Kaepernick also seemed to revert on a couple of passes, such as the deep ball down the left side that wobbled as it approached Bruce Ellington, giving Kenneth Acker time to react and knock it down. Smith also had an acrobatic one-handed grab on a Kaepernick out pass to the left sideline.
- Someone who did not necessarily shine? Tight end Vernon Davis, who had a drop and also a miscommunication with Kaepernick. Davis was still running in the middle of the field and looking toward the end zone as the ball landed at his side.
- Running back Reggie Bush was held out by coach Jim Tomsula after the rookie coach saw the 10th-year veteran getting in some extra stretching. "I'm not going to wait to see Reggie tired and (then) give him a break," Tomsula said. "He's been doing this for a long time. Our goal is to not get Reggie tired. He's in shape."
Perriman has the physical tools (6’2, 4.24 40-yard dash), to replace Torrey Smith in the Ravens’ lineup from the start, but he has to learn Marc Trestman’s offense and prove that he can catch the ball consistently. If Gillmore wins the starting job, he'll be a deep sleeper in Trestman's TE-friendly offense.
Ravens WR Steve L Smith will presumably lock down one of the starting spots. Despite the possibility of a lightened snap count for the veteran, Smith Sr. will play a huge role in the passing game. He’s the unquestioned leader of the group.
Smith was the #20 WR in standard formats and #18 in PPR, but he did most of his damage in the first six weeks of the season when he was #3 and #4, respectively. He was a fantasy WR4 the rest of the way, though he did have his moments. The Ravens can’t afford to put Smith out to pasture because they let Torrey Smith walk in free agency and the team’s receiver corps is severely lacking experience. Smith has some upside given his ADP (8th/9th round) and the arrival of pass-happy OC Marc Trestman, who should be able to figure out how to best utilize Smith’s skill set on a more consistent basis.
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