SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me during the first day of 49ers training camp.
1. RT Anthony Davis. Looked significantly trimmer than he did before he retired. Said he used to weigh 365 pounds and now weighs 332. Looks much lighter than 332. Played with the third-team offense during practice and primarily blocked Tank Carradine. Davis dominated this matchup. Carradine simply couldn’t beat him.
2. CB Will Redmond. Played nickel back with the third-team defense while wearing a bulky brace on his surgically-repaired knee. Moved fluidly and broke up one pass. Also blitzed and tagged quarterback Jeff Driskel after blowing past Anthony Davis.
3. ILB NaVorro Bowman. Covered wide receiver Quinton Patton man to man once. Patton ran a shallow cross and Bowman ran with him step for step, then batted down the pass.
4. WR Bruce Ellington. Played slot receiver with the starters and was unquestionably the go-to receiver on third-and-medium (third-and-2 to third-and-6). Beat starting nickel back Jimmie Ward with option routes twice for first downs – first on third-and-5, then on third-and-6.
5. QB Blaine Gabbert. Completed 70 percent of his passes during team drills and committed no turnovers. Released the ball quickly and always seemed to know where to throw. His incompletions were either errant throws or dropped passes.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. OLB Tank Carradine. Played outside linebacker with the third-team defense and generated zero pressure, as in none. What would you say this guy does here?
2. QB Colin Kaepernick. Completed 63 percent of his passes and threw one interception on a short pass to his left. Déjà vu. Generally held the ball too long and seemed uncertain where to throw. After his pick, Chip Kelly took Kaepernick to the side and explained how to go through the progression properly and where Kaepernick should have thrown his pass. When practice ended, Kaepernick walked off the field by himself while Gabbert walked with teammates. Does Kaepernick have any friends on this team?