Here are the highlights from Day 2 of the 49ers’ minicamp.
1. Jaquiski Tartt, free safety. The 49ers’ ended practice with a 2-minute drill – first-team offense vs. first-team defense, second-team offense versus second-team defense, etc. Each offense had 1:29 and one timeout to score from the defense’s 35-yard line. So, technically it was a one-minute-and-29-second drill.
Jaquiski Tartt, not Eric Reid, was the free safety for the first-team defense during this drill. On second-and-10 from the defense’s 23-yard line, Kaepernick dropped back and looked toward Torrey Smith, who was running deep. Tartt read Kaepernick’s eyes, broke early on the pass and easily picked it off in the end zone. If Tartt hadn’t made the interception, Chris Cook probably would have – he was right there.
2. Vernon Davis, tight end. Outran Antoine Bethea and Michael Wilhoite down the seam for a 50-yard touchdown catch on the first play of 7-on-7 drills. Also outran Nick Moody and Kenneth Acker down the seam for a 40-yard touchdown during 11-on-11’s.
3. Blake Bell, tight end. Beat Reid over the middle for a 20-yard touchdown on third-and-10 during the “2-minute” drill. Blaine Gabbert threw the pass, which hit Bell in stride.
4. DiAndre Campbell, wide receiver. Beat Acker down the right sideline for a 20-yard touchdown on fourth-and-9 during the “two minute” drill. Rookie Dylan Thompson threw the pass. Earlier in practice, Gabbert completed a 20-yarder to Campbell, who had beaten Marcus Cromartie on a post route.
5. Corey Lemonier, outside linebacker. The starting right outside linebacker while Aldon Smith sat out practice with a bruised toe. Once during 11-on-11’s, Lemonier and Tank Carradine executed a perfect T-E stunt, just like Aldon and Justin Smith used to. Carradine tied up two blockers, Lemonier looped to the inside, slipped past starting center Joe Looney and tagged Kaepernick for the sack.
6. Eli Harold, outside linebacker. Exploded past third-string left tackle Chris Martin to sack Dylan Thompson during the “two-minute” drill. Harold got off so quickly, for a second I thought he was Aldon Smith.
7. Colin Kaepernick’s touch on short passes. The theme of practice was short passes in the flat. The Niners’ quarterbacks must have thrown 25 of them during team drills. Kaepernick didn’t miss any of these passes. He threw his short passes accurately and with touch.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. Colin Kaepernick in crunch time. Kaepernick had 1:29 and one timeout to score from the defense’s 35-yard line at the end of practice. Here’s the play by play:
First and 10 from the 35: Kaepernick completes a pass in the flat to Carlos Hyde. Gain of five.
Second and 5 from the 30: Kaepernick scrambles to his left for seven yards and a first down.
First and 10 from the 23: Kaepernick throws a back-shoulder fade to Torrey Smith running down the left sideline. The pass flies out of bounds 10 yards behind Smith skips across the wet grass. Maybe the ball slipped out of Kaepernick’s hand.
Second and 10 from the 23: Kaepernick stands calmly in a perfect pocket, staring down Torrey Smith as he runs deep. Then Kaepernick lofts a pass to Smith who is double-covered by Chris Cook and Jaquiski Tartt in the end zone. Tartt intercepts the pass. That was Kaepernick’s final throw of the day.