Gearing up for their second preseason test against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the 49ers are in full stride at practice Thursday afternoon at the SAP Center practice facility. The Levi’s Stadium turf is still an issue after having loosened in a practice at the beginning of training camp forcing the team back across the street to workout at the practice facility. The 49ers installed new turf after last week’s Taylor Swift two-night concert and can only hope it will stick.
Taking on the Dallas Cowboys this weekend, QB Colin Kaepernick is looking forward to getting more playing time. “In the first game, some good things happened but we have a lot of things to clean up. I’d really like to be able to get into a rhythm this week,” Kaepernick said.
Back-up Blaine Gabbert took most of the snaps in the 23-10 loss to the Texans in week one. Gabbert completed 8 of 11 passing attempts, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to TE Garrett Celek. Third-string quarterback Dylan Thompson added 15 yards passing.
Former Australian rugby player, Jarryd Hayne, in his first-ever american football game, led the 49ers in week one with 63 yards rushing including a 53-yard run. The 49ers’ fans will get to see veteran Reggie Bush this week after he sat out the first preseason game on a coaching decision.
The 49ers newly acquired offensive lineman Jordan Devey, whom they got from the New England Patriots in exchange for TE Asante Cleveland, was at practice after passing his physical exam. Devey originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2013. In 2014 with the Patriots, he played in seven games starting four. Devey will wear jersey #69.
The 49ers will work on getting better, plain and simple. Not lost on head coach Jim Tomsula, it starts with the quarterback. “Colin is a workaholic. I mean the guy just works, that’s well documented.” Adding, “I don’t know if there’s been a drastic change in the guy, but I’ve enjoyed him since he’s been here.”
He also acknowledged that the 49ers have a way to go still. “We’re here (using his arms to demonstrate) and we have to get there.” We’re not where we need to be, yet. I am happy that the guys are working hard and as a team.”
After violating the NFL’s policy for substances of abuse, the 49ers will be without the services of Jerome Simpson for six games. “When we signed Jerome, we knew there was a probability of a suspension coming down from the NFL,” GM Trent Baalke said. Simpson will be available again on October 19th, the day after the 49ers’ game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The 49ers will honor the late Lon Simmons in a dedication ceremony prior to the game Sunday. On Saturday, joined by Simmons’ daughter Robin and other members of the family, the 49ers will unveil a bronze plaque to be installed in the 49ers’ radio booth at Levi’s Stadium. Simmons spent 26 seasons calling play-by-play for the 49ers starting in 1957.