SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights from the 49ers’ third practice of training camp.
1. WR Torrey Smith. Faced Niners’ No. 1 cornerback Tramaine Brock twice during one-on-one drills and beat him both times. First, Smith ran a fade route to the back-right corner of the end zone, jumped and caught the ball over Brock’s head. Then Smith beat Brock to the inside with a quick slant.
2. CB Shareece Wright. The only cornerback who didn’t get beaten during one-on-one drills. Wright faced Quinton Patton twice. The first time, Patton ran a fade route to the back-left corner and Wright broke up the pass. Then Patton ran a double move—first in, then out—but still couldn’t shake Wright, who broke up that pass, too.
3. CB Tramaine Brock. On second-and-five, Colin Kaepernick dropped back and forced a throw to his No. 1 target, Anquan Boldin, who wasn’t open. Brock was all over him. Kaepernick threw the ball as hard as he could, the pass was low, Boldin reached down to catch it, bobbled it, then Brock snatched it out of his hands and ran it back for a touchdown.
4. DE Tank Carradine. The starting three-technique on the right side of the defensive line in the Nickel defense – one of Justin Smith’s old positions. Carradine also rotated in at right defensive end with the base defense and, toward the end of practice, exploded past second-team tackle Trent Brown to tag Kaepernick for the sack.
5. OLB Ahmad Brooks. The Niners’ most violent pass-rusher during one-on-one drills. Today he pancaked reserve offensive tackle Sean Hooey – just threw him on his back. Brooks seems in fantastic shape, unlike Aaron Lynch, who seems overweight. Lynch spent the afternoon conditioning on the side field.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. TE Vance McDonald. Caught zero passes during team drills. On one play he ran a seam route down the middle of the field and no one covered him – the defense messed up. Kaepernick saw McDonald wide open and threw him the ball. McDonald reached out and let the pass fly right through his hands.
2. The Colin-Kaepernick-Torrey-Smith connection. Smith keeps getting open during team drills and Kaepernick keeps missing him. Today Smith ran a drag route and Kaepernick threw the ball behind him. Then Smith ran another drag route and Kaepernick threw the ball too far in front of him. Finally, Kaepernick threw a deep pass to Smith, who was open – he had beaten Shareece Wright by a step or two. Offensive coordinator Geep Chryst and Steve Logan both muttered, “We’ve got it!” when Kaepernick released the ball. But the pass landed well short. Kaepernick threw off his back foot. Smith had no chance.