SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights from the 49ers’ first half-speed non-padded practice of training camp, which lasted an hour and 20 minutes. The first-team offense and first-team defense never faced each other during team drills – both units faced scout teams only. Apparently this is how Friday practices will function during the regular season.
1. OLB Aaron Lynch. Chased down and tag-sacked backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert on a play-action bootleg pass to the offense’s right. Lynch seems in shape for the first time this offseason.
2. S Jaquiski Tartt. Rookie quarterback Dylan Thompson faked a handoff to his left, rolled back to his right and spotted wide receiver Nigel King open downfield – he had beaten dime back Jaquiski Tartt by a couple of steps. Before Thompson threw the pass Tartt started accelerating toward King, and when the ball arrived Tartt swatted it to the ground. This was the best play Tartt made in man coverage this offseason.
3. TE Rory ‘Busta’ Anderson. Beat Tartt for a 10-yard touchdown catch on the last play of practice. This was Anderson’s third catch of the afternoon. I predict he will make the 53-man roster as the fourth tight end.
4. WR DiAndre Campbell. Made six catches today as a member of the scout team. His best catch was his final catch – a 10-yard touchdown in the middle of the end zone against the first-team defense, a play in which he beat starting cornerback Keith Reaser with a quick slant to the inside. Campbell, an undrafted rookie from Oakland, is a big possession receiver who’s having a solid offseason.
5. QB Colin Kaepernick. Completed six of seven pass attempts including a 50-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline to Vernon Davis, who was being covered by cornerback Marcus Cromartie, who stopped running around the 25-yard line.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. WR Quinton Patton. Ran most routes without ever looking at the quarterback, as if he knew he wasn’t going to get the ball. And he didn’t get the ball. He received no targets during team drills. Offensive coordinator Geep Chryst almost never calls plays in which Patton is the primary target.