SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me during Thursday evening’s light, non-padded practice.
1. MarQueis Gray – He had a monster practice for the second day in a row. Today, he caught five passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns. He hasn’t dropped a pass all week. He may earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
2. Vernon Davis – He caught five passes for 70 yards despite receiving roughly half of the reps Gray received.
3. Garrett Celek – He caught two passes today, and one was a touchdown during a red zone drill. Celek ran to the back of the end zone and cut in to the left. Colin Kaepernick fired a pass between two defenders, Michael Thomas and Nate Stupar, and Celek caught it.
4. Anquan Boldin – He was the starting flanker. He caught two passes for 20 yards.
5. Marlon Moore – He was the starting split end. He caught two passes for 15 yards.
6. Austin Collie – He caught a team-high seven passes for 50 yards and a touchdown.
7. A.J. Jenkins – Like yesterday, Jenkins caught two passes. First, he beat Carlos Rogers on a quick out route for five yards. Later, Jenkins made the best catch I’ve seen him make. He ran a fade down the left sideline against Tarell Brown. Colt McCoy threw a back shoulder fade to Jenkins, and he threw it high enough where Brown couldn’t reach it. Jenkins slowed down, jumped up, caught the ball and got both feet in bounds. Brown never turned his head to find the ball. Finally, Jenkins ran a quick slant against Marcus Cooper. Cooper read the route and knocked the pass away.
8. Kyle Williams – He made just one catch, but it was beautiful. He ran a fade down the right sideline against Marcus Cooper. Kaepernick threw a back shoulder fade, and in one graceful move Williams jumped, twisted and caught it. It looked he was dancing.
9. Chuck Jacobs – Like Williams, Jacobs made only one catch, but his was the catch of the day. From the eight-yard line in the red zone, Jacobs ran a quick fade to the back right corner of the end zone. B.J. Daniels threw it up. Jacobs tipped it to himself and caught the ball as he tumbled to the ground.
10. Kassim Osgood – Like Williams and Jacobs, Osgood caught just one pass, but Osgood’s was a touchdown. Osgood beat Tramaine Brock on a quick slant for the TD.
11. Chad Hall – He caught a TD pass over Donte Whitner in a one-minute drill. With 10 seconds left, McCoy threw a 30-yard prayer to Hall in the back of the end zone. Whitner had perfect coverage, but Hall jumped and snatched the ball from in front of Whitner’s face.
12. Eric Reid – He got matched up one-on-one with Austin Collie in the slot. Collie ran a quick out route, Reid read it and knocked the pass away. He looked like a cornerback on that play.
13. Tramaine Brock – Yes, he gave up a touchdown to Osgood, but Brock broke up two other touchdown passes. First, he knocked away a pass to Frank Gore on a wheel route. Next, Brock knocked away a pass to Osgood on a back-corner fade.
14. B.J. Daniels – He was on fire in the red zone. During one stretch, he threw three-straight touchdowns, one to Collie, one to Jacobs and one to Lavelle Hawkins.
15. Joe Staley – He participated in practice for the first time this week.
1. Donte Whitner – He thought Hall had stepped out of bounds before he caught the touchdown pass. After the play, Whitner spent about five minutes arguing about it on the sideline with the ball boy.
2. Nnamdi Asomugha – He’s extremely physical in practice, often grabbing receivers when he gets beat. Today, he grabbed Chuck Jacobs, who blew by him on a corner route. In a game, the referees would have called defensive pass interference.
3. Vance McDonald – He did not practice all week.