LONDON -- Some notes from the San Francisco 49ers' practice day Thursday:
Tight end Vernon Davis was pouring on the charm to the local press Thursday. Asked about his thoughts of being in London: “I would move here if I had the chance.”
Davis, who caught a soccer match with running back Frank Gore earlier in the week, said he’d play for a hypothetical NFL franchise in London, as long as the team colors were “red and gold.” Of course.
The 49ers are moving from their tony resort, The Grove, on Friday morning. They will practice at Allianz Park, a new rugby stadium, which is also outside of London.
• The 49ers all raved about The Grove, yet linebacker Patrick Willis admitted he wasn’t a fan of the practice field, which has been damp.
“I wouldn't say I'm very fond of it," Willis said. "Soggy and slippery and everything that a guy that's trying to get over a groin (injury) doesn't need."
However, it was a beautiful day for practice on Thursday. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said the day was “eerily similar to Santa Clara,” where the 49ers usually practice under ideal weather conditions.
• Veteran defensive lineman Justin Smith was impressed by rookie defensive tackle Quinton Dial in his debut at Tennessee. Smith said Dial “has a nastiness to him.”
• The 49ers will not play in London in 2014. The NFL announced the three-game lineup Thursday and the 49ers are not on the schedule.
• The 49ers’ honorary captains Sunday will be Joe Montana and Dwight Clark.
• San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman said the Jaguars’ defense is similar to what head coach Gus Bradley ran in Seattle when he was defensive coordinator.