What Happened On Day 2
July 24 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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The 49ers welcomed first round draft pick, cornerback Mike Rumph with open arms for the teams fourth official practice. Rumph came into camp looking to prove that he is worth every penny of his newly signed five year contract. He also is looking to put the DUI charge behind him, Rumph reportedly called his agent instructing him to ‘just get the deal done’ and the rest is history.
The team also had its first full padded practice on Tuesday morning. Until now, players have been wearing only shoulder pads and helmets.
Center Jeremy Newberry strained his calf in practice on Tuesday too. Newberry, the only official center for the 49ers, could miss a few days because of the injury. By the afternoon, Newberry’s leg was in an ‘air boot’, there is some talk that the 49ers are considering adding a backup center. While he’s down, the team will likely turn to Dave Fiore to fill in, moving veteran backup Matt Willig into Fiore’s tackle spot. The team will also look to rookie Eric Heitmann and first year, Jeff McCurley to learn the position. The 49ers are not set at center at all, and will continue bringing in players and trying them out over the next week. The team did add Ty Wise to try out for center too.
Calf injuries were quite common, as Terrell Owens pulled his. Owens injury is believed to be less serious than Newberry’s, but may miss some practice as a precautionary measure. Owens however, had a great morning, making every defensive back that went up against him look somewhat foolish. Owens was held out of the afternoon practice and likely will miss Wednesday as well.
Also injured was fellow receiver Nate Jackson, who dislocated his shoulder after slipping during a drill. Jackson, who had a similar problem in college, may require surgery.
Bill Walsh and Terry Donahue were both in attendance at today’s practice. Walsh, worked a little with the coaches and players, and spent a fair bit of time speaking with Mariucci about the day’s happenings. Meanwhile Tom Rathman spoke about how much he would love to see both Hearst and Barlow reach 1000 yards this season.
Cedrick Wilson and Jimmy Williams spent time returning kicks with Sutherland. Wilson has looked very good so far, and if he can give the 49ers a threat as a kick return man, it could mean the end of Vinny Sutherlands time with the club.
The team is giving the young running backs lots of repetitions while giving Hearst and Barlow a fair bit of rest.