SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me from Tuesday afternoon’s OTA session. Keep in mind that most of this session took place about 75 yards away from reporters, so I can’t give you the same amount of detail I normally would.
1. Vernon Davis. He made the best catch of the day. During 7-on-7 drills, he played a few snaps with the second-team offense. On one play, he sprinted down the middle of the field and got matched up one-on-one against free safety Darcel McBath. As soon as Colt McCoy saw this matchup, he threw the ball as far as he could in the general vicinity of Davis. When I saw the trajectory of the pass, I thought McCoy had overthrown Vernon Davis by 20 yards. But Davis kicked himself into another gear and easily accelerated under the pass for a long touchdown. McBath could only shake his head.
2. Colin Kaepernick. He was erratic last week, and he was erratic today as well. He’s had a tendency to overthrow receivers during the open practices this offseason. Still, he made the best pass of the day. It was during a two-minute drill. He converted a third-and-ten by scrambling out of the pocket to his right and firing a missile across his body to Garrett Celek for a 15-yard gain.
3. Chad Hall. Anquan Boldin was not at practice today, so Hall caught the most passes of all the wide receivers. He’s been a favorite target the quarterbacks during the open OTA sessions. Today he caught six passes and a touchdown.
4. Quinton Patton. He dropped one pass – a laser from Kaepernick when Patton was running a quick slant. That was Patton’s only drop of the day. He made four catches, including a TD in a red zone drill. He also got open deep on two separate plays, but Kaepernick overthrew him both times.
5. Marcus Cooper. He intercepted Kaepernick during 7-on-7’s. Kaepernick was trying to throw to Patton, but ended up throwing nowhere near him. Either Patton ran the wrong route, or Kaepernick got confused. Either way, Cooper did a good job of covering his zone, reading Kaepernick’s eyes, breaking on the pass and catching it.
1. Darius Flemming. At the beginning of practice he injured his left knee, the same knee he had ACL reconstructive surgery on last season. He did not return to practice.
2. Kassim Osgood. The 49ers signed him this afternoon and waived Joe Hastings. They signed Osgood mostly to be a gunner on special teams, but today he was practicing with the fourth-team offense. On one play, he ran a short route and B.J. Daniels fired a pass to Osgood a split second before he turned his head. The ball flew threw Osgood’s facemask and hit him in the eye. He sat out for a few plays and then returned to the action.
3. A.J. Jenkins. He had some good moments, some of the best moments I’ve seen from him in a practice. He caught three passes, and one catch was a tough one over the middle on a pass Kaepernick threw a bit too high. Jenkins has the ability to make tough catches look easy. He also has to ability to make easy catches look tough. He dropped four passes by my count this afternoon, and three were very short passes. One drop came on a deep pass. On that play Eric Reid had good coverage, Jenkins jumped up and got his hands on the ball, but he could not hang on to it.