SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me during Day 3 of 49ers minicamp.
1. CB Keith Reaser. Broke up a pass intended for DeAndrew White, broke up a pass intended for Bruce Ellington, intercepted a pass intended for Aaron Burbridge and forced a fumble by punching the ball out of Mike Davis’ hands – all before 11:45. Reaser was the best player on the field just one day after he was the worst player on the field. I’ve never seen him so intense and determined. Good for him.
2. CB Chris Davis. Intercepted two passes – one intended for DeAndrew White running a shallow crossing route, another intended for Bruce Ellington running a deep corner route – then twisted his right ankle and watched the rest of practice from the sideline.
3. CB Prince Charles Iworah. Swiped a deep pass out of Bruce Miller’s hands while playing zone coverage. Miller should have caught that one.
4. ILB Ray Ray Armstrong. Started at inside linebacker next to NaVorro Bowman, intercepted a pass tipped by Tramaine Brock and intercepted another pass tipped by a ball boy wearing a giant screen on his back.
5. WR Dres Anderson. Beat rookie cornerback Rashard Robinson four times – once with a leaping grab deep down the sideline (didn’t count, didn’t get both feet in bounds. Great grab, though), once with a deep corner route, once with a skinny post (didn’t count, flag on an offensive lineman), and once with a diving catch on an in route. Anderson could have caught a fifth pass for a touchdown – he was wide open in the end zone – but Colin Kaepernick threw the ball behind Anderson and Anderson couldn’t hold on.
6. WR Aaron Burbridge. Played right wide receiver with the second-team offense for the first time this offseason and caught five passes, including a touchdown pass thrown by Thad Lewis. Lewis’ pass was behind Burbridge, who jumped and turned around to make the grab. Made it look easy, unlike Dres Anderson, who dropped a similar pass.
7. WR DiAndre Campbell. Played left wide receiver with the first- and second-team offenses and made the catch of the day – a leaping, contested catch with Tramaine Brock and Eric Reid all over him. Campbell dropped a deep pass two plays later. He was wide open. Clearly needs to become more consistent, although he is improving.
8. TE Vance McDonald. Caught five passes and dropped zero, meaning he didn’t drop a single pass during minicamp. Didn’t bobble any, either. Maybe he finally fixed his issue with drops. Vernon Davis had the same issue when he came into the league.
9. OT John Theus. Played right tackle with the first-team offense during the second half of practice while Joe Staley and Erik Pears split time at left tackle.
10. OG Andrew Tiller. Played right guard with the first-team offense all practice while Brandon Thomas played right guard with the second-team offense. Seems the new coaching staff has discovered what the old coaching staff already knew – Tiller is better than Thomas.
11. K Phil Dawson. Nailed a 58-yard field goal with the wind at his back.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. QB Blaine Gabbert. Threw two picks and three passes into screens, held the ball too long, took three touch-sacks and completed just 16 of 32 pass attempts during the entire practice. By far his worst day of the offseason.
2. QB Colin Kaepernick. Mostly faced the second-team defense, and completed 10 of 14 pass attempts during 3-on-3s and 7-on-7s. Did not participate during 11-on-11s. Stared down a lot his throws, which he could get away with for a while against backups. Eventually, though, Kaepernick threw back-to-back picks. First, he scrambled to his right and stared down Aaron Burbridge, who was covered by Keith Reaser. Pick. Next, Kaepernick looked to his left and stared down Dres Anderson, who was covered by Tramaine Brock and Ray Ray Armstrong. Pick.
3. OLB Aaron Lynch. Threw two punches at John Theus and connected with Theus’ facemask before Jerry Azzinaro pulled Lynch away, Chip Kelly kicked Lynch out of practice and a referee threw a flag for good measure.