Here are highlights from the team drills of Friday’s OTA.
1. Keith Reaser, cornerback, second year. The best cornerback on field, considering starters Tramaine Brock and Shareece Wright didn’t participate. Reaser was the right cornerback for the second-team defense, and he almost intercepted a pass thrown by Blaine Gabbert. Reaser was covering Jerome Simpson, who broke toward the middle of the field. Reaser undercut the route and the pass bounced off his hands.
2. Jerome Simpson, wide receiver, seventh year. Clearly one of the two best wide receivers on the field (along with Torrey Smith), considering Anquan Boldin didn’t show up. Simpson made two terrific catches on Friday. One was a twisting, leaping catch over Antoine Bethea near the sideline, and the other a 60-yard catch over Dontae Johnson.
3. Kendall Hunter, running back, fifth year. Took the first handoff of 11-on-11’s and exploded around the left tackle, picking up 10 yards before a defender got a hand on him. If Hunter is healthy—and he seems healthy—he might be a better running back than Reggie Bush. Bush’s career rushing average is 4.3 yards per carry. Hunter’s career rushing average is 4.6 yards per carry.
4. Blake Bell, tight end, first year. Beat Jaquiski Tartt over the middle for a 15-yard gain. Two plays later, beat Craig Dahl over the middle for another 15-yard gain. Bell has been a tight end for just one year (he used to play quarterback), and already he seems to be a better receiver than former second-round pick Vance McDonald.
5. Garrett Celek, tight end, fourth year. Made the catch of the day – a one-handed running catch 30 yards downfield. Desmond Bishop was covering him. Celek also made a 10-yard catch in front of NaVorro Bowman.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, fifth year. Threw a few wild passes. Seemed to muscle up and over-stride on a couple of throws over the middle – one to Garrett Celek, one to Quinton Patton – and both passes sailed high. Also threw a deep pass intended for Dres Anderson that landed out of bounds.
2. Dontae Johnson, cornerback, second year. Jerome Simpson outran Johnson down the sideline and made a 60-yard catch. Undrafted-free-agent rookie turned Johnson around and made a 15-yard catch near the sideline, although he may have gotten only one foot in bounds.
3. Quinton Patton, wide receiver, third year. Shut out during team drills. Didn’t make a single catch even though he played with the first-team offense. Smith, Simpson, White, Anderson and Chuck Jacobs each made at least one catch.