SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights from the 49ers’ second padded practice of training camp.
1. ILB NaVorro Bowman. Struggled in man coverage during OTAs and minicamp, but didn’t struggle in man coverage today. On the third play of 11-on-11’s Colin Kaepernick attempted a short pass to running back Jarryd Hayne. Bowman read Kaepernick’s eyes, dove in front of the pass and knocked it away with the tips of his fingers. Bowman wouldn’t have made that play a few months.
2. P Bradley Pinion. Blasted a 65-yard punt so high in the air punt returner Mario Hull had no choice but to call for a fair catch.
3. QB Dylan Thompson. Completed a 25-yard play-action bootleg pass to tight end Asante Cleveland during 11-on-11’s. Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert almost certainly wouldn’t have attempted that throw – he rarely throws farther than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage. He’s timid, unlike Thompson.
4. TE Vance McDonald. Caught three passes and dropped none during team drills. McDonald has dropped just one pass during training camp so far this year
5. QB Colin Kaepernick in the red zone during 7-on-7’s. Attempted six passes during this drill, completed five and all five were touchdowns. Moved through his progressions calmly and quickly and always found the open receiver. Of course, he wasn’t facing a pass rush.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. QB Colin Kaepernick in the red zone during 11-on-11’s. Not comfortable or confident during this drill. Dropped back three times, scrambled twice and threw an interception in the end zone. The pass was intended for Torrey Smith who had been open for a second or two before Kaepernick saw him. But by the time he threw the ball, inside linebacker Nick Moody had stepped in front of Smith and the pass was late. Moody picked it off easily.
2. TE Blake Bell. Falling behind McDonald in the competition to be the No. 2 tight end. Today Bell caught zero passes and dropped one, and the past three practices he has caught as many passes as he’s dropped – two.