SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights of the 49ers’ fourth padded practice of training camp.
1. DL Tank Carradine. The final 15 minutes of practice the 49ers did a live hitting goal-line drill. On first and goal from the two-yard line, Jarryd Hayne took the handoff on a stretch-zone run to the left, and as he ran parallel to the line of scrimmage he cut back quickly and juked outside linebacker Eli Harold. But Hayne juked right into defensive lineman Tank Carradine, who crushed him at the ½-yard line.
2. RB Jarryd Hayne. Hayne’s second handoff during the goal-line drill came on a stretch-zone run to the right. Hayne jogged behind the offensive line toward the sideline, cut upfield, bounced off Arik Armstead and Shayne Skov and fell into the end zone. After practice Joe Staley called Hayne’s touchdown run “rugbyesque.”
3. RB Mike Davis. Did not score during the goal-line drill, but showed excellent “contact courage” during the blitz pick-up drill. Eli Harold tried to run Davis over and Davis knocked him back. Davis might be the best blocking tailback on the team. Carlos Hyde seems to whiff at least once a day.
4. WR/PR DeAndrew White. During team drills, White ran a go route down the left sideline and caught a 25-yard pass from undrafted rookie Dylan Thompson. During special-team drills, White returned a punt for a touchdown and was a gunner for the punt-coverage team. As a gunner, he routinely reached the punt returner before the punt did. White will make the final roster – I’m calling it.
5. ILB Shayne Skov. Broke up two passes during team drills – one intended for wide receiver DiAndre Campbell, the other intended for tight end Vernon Davis. Later during the goal-line drill Skov exploded through the offensive line and tackled Mike Davis in the backfield. Skov will make the final roster – I’m calling it.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. TE Blake Bell. Caught zero passes during team drills. Toward the end of practice, Bell received back-to-back targets and dropped both of them. On the second drop Bell tipped the ball into the air and linebacker Steve Beauharnais picked it off. Today Bell seemed like a player who doesn’t deserve a spot on an NFL roster.
2. QB Colin Kaepernick’s deep passes. Attempted four deep passes and none of them were catchable. The first three landed out of bounds. The fourth one landed 10 yards in front of the intended receiver, wide receiver Torrey Smith.