SANTA CLARA – The Niners practiced in shorts today, and some of the time it seemed like they were going half-speed – especially the linemen. The first team offense never faced the first team defense, either. Both starting units mostly faced scout teams – third string players fighting for roster spots.
Jim Harbaugh gave Vernon Davis the day off from drills, so Delanie Walker got the first-team tight end reps for a change and he caught six passes – two for touchdowns – within the first hour of practice. After the hot start, Harbaugh let him sit out the rest of practice with Vernon Davis. Walker looked like the best offensive player on the field today.
Kendall Hunter looked like the second-best offensive player. Every time he ran, he gained about 10 yards. He mostly caught screen passes and ran sweeps around the outside, but he’s been terrific on those plays all of training camp.
Randy Moss caught a jump ball from Colin Kaepernick for a touchdown over third-string cornerback Anthony Mosley.
Perrish Cox broke up a deep jump ball from Scott Tolzien. The 40-yard pass was intended for A.J. Jenkins in the end zone, but Cox outmuscled him for position and then jumped over him to knock the ball away.
A.J. Jenkins caught one pass – a 20-yarder from Colin Kaepernick at the end of practice. Jenkins beat Mosley on a deep crossing route.
LaMichael James, who sat out Tuesday’s practice with astomach flu, returned to practice today and took most of the running back snaps with the third-team offense.