SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights from the 49ers’ second practice of training camp, which took place at Levi’s Stadium.
1. WR Bruce Ellington. Made a team-high six catches during team drills, including two 15-yard catches over the middle and a 50-yard catch for a touchdown. On the 50 yarder, Ellington burned cornerback Chris Cook, and Colin Kaepernick’s pass hit Ellington in stride.
Ellington and undrafted rookie DeAndrew White seem like the most talented young receivers on the team.
2. WR Jerome Simpson. Made the catch of the day – a diving snag over the middle on a pass thrown low and away from him.
3. CB Tramaine Brock. The starting Nickel back for the first-team defense, Brock intercepted the first pass Kaepernick threw during team drills. Kaepernick rolled to his left and threw against his body deep to Anquan Boldin. The pass was underthrown and Brock easily intercepted it.
4. CB Dontae Johnson. The Niners’ starting left cornerback in sub-packages when Brock moved to the slot, Johnson intercepted a pass thrown by undrafted rookie quarterback Dylan Thompson during a two-on-two passing drill.
5. DE Arik Armstead. Struggled against second-year guard Brandon Thomas during one-on-one pass-rushing drills, but Armstead redeemed himself during 11-on-11s. Toward the end of practice Armstead bull-rushed one of the Niners’ interior offensive lineman (I couldn’t tell which one) and tagged Kaepernick for the sack.
6. DE Tony Jerod-Eddie. Had his way with Brandon Thomas during team drills. On one play, Jerod-Eddie pushed Thomas into Kaepernick, reached up and swatted the quarterback’s pass into the turf.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. The tempo. Sunday afternoon Jim Tomsula told reporters the Niners’ goal on offense is to break the huddle and arrive at the line of scrimmage with at least 22 seconds left on the play clock. Tomsula bragged that the first-team offense consistently got to the line of scrimmage with at least 28 seconds left on the play clock during practice Saturday night.
But the Niners couldn’t sustain that pace Sunday – they got slower as practice went on. By the end of it, they were getting to the line of scrimmage with fewer than 17 seconds left on the clock and snapping the ball just before time expired.
2. QB Colin Kaepernick on third down. On Friday, strong safety Antoine Bethea praised Kaepernick for not telegraphing his passes during OTAs and minicamp. But Kaepernick seemed to telegraph his third-down passes Sunday afternoon during team drills.
Kaepernick faced two third downs and converted neither. Both times his pass got knocked down at the line of scrimmage – first by Tony Jerod Eddie, and then by Ahmad Brooks. They seemed to read Kaepernick’s eyes.