SANTA CLARA — Here’s what stood out to me at the 49ers’ first non-padded training camp practice of the year.
1. Jimmie Ward. Faced Stevie Johnson once during one-on-one drills. Johnson faked a move to the outside and quickly cut back to the inside but couldn’t shake Ward. Ward ran in front of Johnson and swatted the ball to the grass. Ward played with the second-team defense during team drills and did not give up a completion. On one play, Colin Kaepernick threw a short pass to his left, Chris Cook deflected the ball and Ward dove and picked it off.
2. Vance McDonald. Didn’t drop one pass today. He also made the catch of the day, reaching up and snagging a pass between two defenders near the sideline.
3. Aldon Smith. Kaepernick attempted a short pass to his left and Smith stepped in front of it and easily picked it off.
4. NIck Moody. Kaepernick attempted another short pass to his left. This time Moody stepped in front of it but dropped the ball.
5. Chris Culliver. Started at right cornerback and didn’t give up a completion. But he wasn’t tested on any deep passes.
6. Blaine Gabbert. Threw two perfect deep passes, the first one to David Reed in a one-on-one drill. Reed ran straight down the sideline and cornerback Kenneth Acker ran with him stride for stride. Gabbert threw the ball perfectly over Reed’s left shoulder so Acker couldn’t get to it, and Reed made the catch. Later during team drills, Gabbert hit a wide open Brandon Lloyd for a deep touchdown.
1. Carlos Hyde. Dropped two catchable passes in the flat. He didn’t look the ball into his hands.
2. Tramaine Brock. Got beaten deep by Kassim Osgood in a one-on-one drill. Brock grabbed and held Osgood to prevent him from catching the pass.