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49ers using OTAs as 'dress rehearsal' for regular season

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers concluded their second week of OTA’s Friday with an open-to-the-media practice.

Among the highlights:

  • An acrobatic catch, complete with forward somersault, by new receiver Jerome Simpson down the left sideline on a pass from Colin Kaepernick.

  • A one-handed grab by tight end Garrett Celek down the middle of the field on a pass from third-string QB Dylan Thompson. Oh, and it was Celek’s birthday.

  • An interception by rehabbing inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who is practicing with a balky brace on his surgically-repaired left knee.

  • A quick pushing match between defensive lineman Tank Carradine and offensive lineman Joe Looney.

  • Players not practicing in the voluntary workouts: P Andy Lee, PK Phil Dawson, WR Bruce Ellington, WR DeAndre Smelter, RB Mike Davis, DB Jimmie Ward, RB Carlos Hyde, TE Derek Carrier, FB Bruce Miller, LB Ahmad Brooks, LB Aaron Lynch, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Alex Boone, RT Anthony Davis, WR Anquan Boldin, TE Vernon Davis, DT Darnell Dockett, DL Glenn Dorsey, DL Arik Armstead. (BOLD signifies they were seen at the facility Friday)

  • It is May, as coach Jim Tomsula was quick to point out, so not much should be gleaned depth-chart wise by the players on the field during team drills. Still, it was interesting to see Marcus Cromartie and Chris Cook getting reps as the first-team cornerbacks.

  • Andrew Tiller was at left guard with the first-team offense while Erik Pears was at right guard and seventh-round draft choice Trent Brown was again at right tackle.

    And no, Tomsula does not have any anxiety despite his missing the starting right side of his O-line.

    “Guys that are here right now are really working hard and doing a great job,” Tomsula said. “We’re just excited and focused on that.”

  • During team drills, Tomsula had the defense and offense on opposite sidelines to simulate game conditions, a week after making tempo a priority.

    “Just working the whole mechanics of everybody on the same side because when you think about a game day, when the defense is up, the offense is back sitting down,” Tomsula said. “It’s for organizational reasons.

    “When we get into moving-the-ball periods … that’s a dress rehearsal.”

  • The 49ers have four more OTA practices -- next Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday -- as well as a mandatory minicamp June 9-11.