SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me during Monday afternoon’s padded practice in Levi’s Stadium.
1. Chris Cook. His biggest weakness is defending the deep pass and he picked off two of those today. First he picked off a deep pass intended for Devon Wylie (Josh Johnson threw it), and then Cook picked off a deep pass intended for Chuck Jacobs (Blaine Gabbert threw it). Cook played both passes perfectly. Both times he turned his head and found the ball a couple of seconds before he caught it.
2. Darryl Morris. Intercepted a deep pass intended for Kassim Osgood. Just like Cook, Morris turned his head early which allowed him to play the ball. Morris also broke up a short pass intended for Bruce Ellington when they were lined up in the slot.
3. Perrish Cox. Intercepted Colin Kaepernick in the end zone during a red zone drill. That was the third time Cox has intercepted Kaepernick in camp.
4. Quinton Patton. Made eight catches during team drills. No one caught as many passes as Patton, the 49ers’ leading receiver in camp.
5. Carlos Hyde. Early in practice he took a carry that was designed to go off right tackle. Hyde spotted a hole back on the left side of the line and cut back. It was a jump cut, something you usually see from smaller, quicker backs. “Nice cut, Carlos!” Harbaugh yelled.
6. Chris Borland. Tipped one pass and intercepted one that Craig Dahl tipped. Borland seems to get his hands on the ball at least once during every practice.
7. Nick Moody. Played his best practice of camp. Knocked away two passes (one was in the end zone), and he sacked Josh Johnson once on a blitz up the middle.
8. Aldon Smith. Toyed with second-team left tackle Carter Bykowski. Sometimes Smith would bulrush Bykowski into the quarterback. Easy. And when Bykowski braced for that, Smith slapped his hands out of the way and ran around him. It looked like Smith didn’t even have to try.
9. Ahmad Brooks. Smacked the ball out of McLeod Bethel-Thompson’s hands when he was standing in the pocket, and then Brooks tagged Bethel-Thompson for a sack on the very next play.
10. The grass. Very springy. Good traction. Jim Harbaugh said it has a little bit more Bermuda in it than the grass on the practice field, which is good to know.
1. Blaine Gabbert. Threw two picks. First, he got picked off when he threw over the middle to Derek Carrier. Craig Dahl tipped the ball and Chris Borland caught it. Next, Gabbert got picked when he threw deep down the left sideline to Chuck Jacobs. Jacobs wasn’t open – Chris Cook was all over him and easily made the interception. Whenever Gabbert threw the ball he seemed indecisive, holding onto it for a long time, much longer than the other 49ers’ quarterbacks. Five or six times Gabbert hitched and hitched and hitched before he pulled the ball down and scrambled.
2. Jewel Hampton. Planted on his back by Patrick Willis on a run up the middle. Hampton also was targeted five times in the passing game – he dropped two passes and caught two.
3. Chris Culliver. Did not participate in team drills. Harbaugh said there was something bothering Culliver. Harbaugh did not say if Culliver was bothered by an injury or if he was bothered by getting kicked out of practice yesterday.