SANTA CLARA — Here’s what stood out to me during Tuesday’s padded practice.
1. Colin Kaepernick. His best practice of training camp. He was accurate on the short throws and the long ones for the most part. He finally hit Vance McDonald in stride deep down the middle of the field. Kaepernick had been overthrowing that pass to McDonald since last year’s training camp.
2. Chris Cook. Intercepted a deep throw intended for Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd had beaten Cook by a step, but Josh Johnson underthrew the pass, Cook undercut Lloyd, reached up and caught the ball. Lloyd made no attempt to make the catch.
3. Dontae Johnson. Drew an offensive pass interference penalty on Lloyd during a red-zone drill. Lloyd threw down Johnson in the corner of the end zone.
4. Vance McDonald. Caught a 30-yard pass and a 20-yard pass deep down the middle of the field. That was good. But he also dropped two passes. That was not so good.
5. Michael Crabtree. Caught a touchdown pass from Kaepernick in a red zone drill — Crabtree beat Perrish Cox with an inward breaking route on the play. Later, Crabtree scored a 30-yard touchdown from Kaepernick during a two-minute drill. Crabtree was not covered by anyone — it was a busted coverage. Crabtree has made at least one touchdown catch every day of training camp.
1. Colin Kaepernick on third down. He had four chances to convert third downs and he converted none: Aldon Smith “sacked” him on third-and-eight, Kaepernick overthrew Stevie Johnson on third-and-six, Kaepernick scrambled for no gain on third-and-four and then he scrambled for no gain once more on third-and-two.
1. The starting cornerbacks. Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver did not practice. Vic Fangio said each guy has a minor leg injury.
2. Jonathan Baldwin. Suited up but did not receive a single target during team drills. Baldwin has been practically invisible during camp — two catches and three drops. A.J. Jenknins never was this bad.