SANTA CLARA — Here’s what stood out to me during Thursday’s mini-camp.
1. Red-zone Kap — Two-for-two during the full-team red-zone drill. On first-and-ten from the defense’s 15 yard line, Kaepernick hit Anquan Boldin in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. On attempt No.2 — first-and-goal from the 6 — Kaepernick rolled to his left and threw a high pass to Vance McDonald who reached up and caught it in the end zone.
2. Vance McDonald — Didn’t drop a single pass.
3. Blaine Gabbert — Threw the best pass of the day — a 15-yard completion over the middle to Bruce Ellington. Gabbert anticipated the opening and laced the pass between three defenders.
4. Tramaine Brock — Broke up a short pass intended for Anquan Boldin. Boldin ran a quick slant. Brock ran him down and swatted McLeod Bethel-Thompson’s pass to ground.
5. Darryl Morris — Broke up a deep pass intended for Brandon Lloyd. Lloyd ran a post route and Blaine Gabbert threw a perfect pass, but Morris caught up to Lloyd and knocked the ball away.
6. Nick Moody — Broke up a short pass intended for Quinton Patton. Moody was covering Patton in the slot during the red-zone drill. Patton tried to beat Moody with a quick move to the inside. Moody wasn’t fooled.
1. Full-field Kap — On the first play during a seven-on-seven full-field drill, Kaepernick badly overthrew Vance McDonald. McDonald was running deep down the middle of the field and he was open. Kaepernick missed him by five yards. Maybe Kaepernick expected McDonald to transform in to Vernon Davis mid-play. Note to Kap: McDonald is slower than Davis.
On the first play of an 11-on-11 full-field drill, Kaepernick scrambled out of the pocket to his right. He had time to set his feet, but he chose to throw on the run. His pass hit outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks between the numbers, but he dropped it.