SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me at the 49ers’ second non-padded practice of training camp.
1. Brandon Lloyd. Made a 20-yard catch near the sideline during an 11-on-11 team drill. Colin Kaepernick threw the pass high. Lloyd jumped and caught the ball and got both feet inbounds.
2. Stevie Johnson. Beat Chris Culliver for a 15-yard catch during a seven-on-seven drill. Johnson sold the deep route before he broke it off to the inside.
3. Tramaine Brock. Nearly intercepted Blaine Gabbert during 11 on 11s. Gabbert dropped back, looked to his right and fired to Stevie Johnson. Brock broke early on the pass and jumped in front of Johnson. The ball bounced off Brock’s chest and fell to the grass.
4. Jimmie Ward. I haven’t seen him give up a completion during team drills yet. He’s intense during practice, one of the most competitive players on the field. Today he batted away a deep pass from Josh Johnson intended for Jon Baldwin during 11 on 11s. On one play during seven on sevens, Ward covered Stevie Johnson in the slot. Johnson tried to beat Ward to the inside. Ward read the route, shadowed Johnson and broke up the pass.
5. McLeod Bethel-Thompson. Made the best pass of practice. It was during a seven-on-seven drill in the red zone. Bethel-Thompson fired a rocket to Quinton Patton before he made his cut. The pass was perfect. It hit Patton in stride in the end zone as he turned his head. But he dropped it.
6. Derek Carrier. Made the best catch of practice. He was running deep down the middle of the field and he was open. Kaepernick saw him and threw it to him but threw it too high. Carrier reached up and caught it without breaking stride.
7. Chuck Jacobs. Burned Tramaine Brock deep during a one-on-one drill. Brock held Jacobs’ left arm down to prevent him from catching the pass.
8. Dontae Johnson. Faced Quinton Patton once during one on ones. Patton tried a double move to the outside. Johnson did not bite. He stuck with Patton and broke up the pass.
9. Kenneth Acker. Faced Chuck Jacobs once during one on ones. Jacobs ran deep, slammed on the breaks and turned around. Acker slammed on the breaks, too, dove and almost picked off the pass.
10. Chase Thomas. Colin Kaepernick attempted a short pass to Vance McDonald over the middle. Chase Thomas beat McDonald to the pass but dropped the interception.
1. Colin Kaepernick. He made one good throw during practice – a 20-yard completion to Michael Crabtree in the middle of the field during a seven-on-seven red zone drill. Other than that, Kaepernick was all over the place. He missed Anquan Boldin by five yards in the corner of the end zone during the same red zone drill. Later, Kaepernick rifled a pass over Bruce Miller’s head in the flat. Next, Kaepernick threw a pass five feet over David Reed’s head. Then, Kaepernick overthrew Michael Crabtree deep when he had a step on C.J. Spillman. And that wasn’t the worst of it. Kaepernick participated in an accuracy drill with the other quarterbacks – the coaches set up a net underneath one of the uprights and there were three holes in the net. The quarterbacks had to throw as many passes into the holes as they could. Kaepernick made one of six, and on his final attempt he hit the cross bar, missed the target by a few feet.