Day 3: Practice assessment

SANTA CLARA –

Practice is over for the day and I will post two interviews shortly, but first here are the good things and the not-so-good things I saw on the field.

THE GOOD

  • Colin Kaepernick. By my count he was 15-23 with one interception and one fumbled snap in 11-on-11 scrimmages. He connected with Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker repeatedly on crossing routes and deep outs. Kaepernick makes throwing downfield look easy – every throw is a line drive. On out routes he gets the ball to the sideline in a hurry. However, he’s inconsistent with his accuracy on shorter routes so far.
  • Kendall Hunter. He’s quick, he makes decisive cuts, he gets up field quickly, he doesn’t dance in the back field, and he broke off a few runs of over 20 yards.
  • Ahmad Brooks. He got penetration more than any other player on the defense. He tagged Anthony Dixon a few times in the backfield, and he “sacked” Kaepernick once. Although the practice was padded, there was no tackling.
  • Konrad Reuland – Stepping in for in the injured Nate Byham, Reuland looked like the third best tight end on the team. He’s big and athletic and he catches the ball with his hands away from his body.
  • Aldon Smith. He lined up at second-team right outside linebacker. He got into the backfield once and looked good doing it. He looks like he’s improving.

THE NOT-SO-GOOD

  • Anthony Dixon. He got tagged in the backfield a lot. Still dances too much. He didn’t show the decisive bursts Hunter showed today.
  • Ted Ginn Jr. Like yesterday, he dropped a few passes. It’s early, but Ronald Johnson has looked better in practice. Johnson has strong hands and he runs crisp routes.
  • Chris Culliver. He let Ted Ginn beat him on a slant and overall he did not look confident at corner back.
  • Jeremiah Masoli – He threw two interceptions – one to Scott McKillop and one to Phillip Adams. His accuracy has been shaky the last two days.

 

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