SANTA CLARA – This is what stood out to me at Tuesday’s OTA.
1. Brandon Lloyd: Best receiver on the field by far, although Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis, Stevie Johnson and Quinton Patton weren’t there. Lloyd made the catch of the day. He was running deep toward sideline and Blaine Gabbert threw the ball behind him. Lloyd jumped, twisted, caught the ball and landed both feet in bounds. Harbaugh yelled, “Oh, nice catch!”
After practice, Patrick Willis said this about Lloyd: “I was watching us going against the offense, and I remember telling Coach Levitt. I said, ‘Coach, this guy is still fast. He’s like a rubber band or something.’ I remember we played against him a few times – he got behind our DBs. I don’t know how he comes off his start as fast as he does. And then during the lifting part, the early phase of these OTAs, this guy was bounding. I swear, I would have thought he was bending his knees and jumping. His bounds were almost as high as most people can bend their knees and jump. He’s very athletic. It doesn’t look like he has missed a year of football at all. I’m glad to have him on my team and I know he’s going to make some plays for us.”
2. McLeod Bethel-Thompson: Threw four touchdown passes, including one to quarterback Josh Johnson.
3. Josh Johnson: Lined up at flanker for the second-team offense during a red-zone drill because so many receivers were absent. On one play, he beat rookie cornerback Dontae Johnson to the inside and made a beautiful catch in the end zone, reaching out for the ball and snatching it away from the other Johnson.
Josh Johnson also threw a touchdown pass in a red-zone drill. He dropped back and looked to his left for Chuck Jacobs at first, but he was covered. So, Johnson looked to his right, found Kassim Osgood running across the back boundary of the end zone and hit him for six.
4. Carlos Hyde: Took more reps with the first-team offense than any other running back except Kendall Hunter. Frank Gore did not practice.
1. Colin Kaepernick: Not accurate. He threw one pass behind Garrett Celek, he threw one at Chuck Jacobs’ ankles, he threw one past Brandon Lloyd in the back of the end zone, and he sailed one over Kassim Osgood’s head. Not Kaepernick’s best day.
2. Blaine Gabbert: Fumbled twice trying to hand the ball off to Bruce Ellington in the backfield at the beginning of practice. Gabbert generally was inaccurate and indecisive. Twice he scrambled out of the pocket and held onto the ball for about six or seven seconds. Harbaugh blew his whistle and killed both plays before Gabbert made up his mind whether to throw or run.
3. Dontae Johnson: Gave up a touchdown catch to a quarterback.
1. Tank Carradine: Lined up at left defensive tackle – Ray McDonald’s position in the 49ers’ Nickel defense.
2. Demarcus Dobbs: Lined up at right defensive tackle – Justin Smith’s position in the 49ers’ Nickel defense.