SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me during the 49ers’ tenth day of training camp, which lasted less than one hour. I’m starting with the “not so good” today because it contains breaking news.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. Colin Kaepernick. Did not participate. Forty-Niners’ P.R. director Bob Lange said Chip Kelly said Kaepernick took a “planned rest day,” which may or may not be true. No one notified the media of this plan before practice. When did the team make the plan? And is Blaine Gabbert scheduled for a planned rest day as well?
Kaepernick appeared to injure his throwing shoulder late during Tuesday’s practice and did not throw well during Wednesday’s practice at Kezar Stadium. Missed a few receivers by more than five yards. Threw one pass to Garrett Celek which sailed out of bounds. Completed only 52 percent of his throws. We’ll see if he practices tomorrow.
1. WR Bruce Ellington. Caught a team-high three passes, all of which came on third down. He and Shaun Draughn are Blaine Gabbert’s go-to third-down receivers.
2. RB Mike Davis. Beat inside linebacker Gerald Hodges with a wheel route down the left sideline to convert a third-and-6. Davis has terrific hands.
3. TE Blake Bell. Beat outside linebacker Eli Harold with a stick route for a touchdown on third-and-goal from the 6-yard line. Bell is beginning to seem like Gabbert’s favorite target in the red zone.
4. DE Arik Armstead. Returned to practice after missing the past two days with an injured shoulder.
5. CB Kenneth Acker. Played with the third-stringers and broke up a Jeff-Driskel pass intended for Devon Cajuste on third-and-4.
6. S Jaquiski Tartt. Dove to intercept a Blaine-Gabbert deep pass which Eric Reid leaped and deflected with his fingertips.
7. QB Jeff Driskel. Completed just 4-of-9 passes, but finished strong and made back-to-back perfect throws. The first was a touchdown pass to Dres Anderson on third-and-goal from the 8-yard line. Anderson ran to the back left corner of the end zone and caught the ball over a cornerback as he fell to the ground dragging both feet in bounds. Driskel’s second perfect throw was identical to the first, but this one landed in the outstretched arms of Bryce Treggs. Lots of “ooos” and “ahhs” from the players after the second touchdown pass.
8. QB Blaine Gabbert. Forced his first pass into double coverage and got picked, then completed 8 of his final 9 throws. Gabbert’s best throw was a long completion to his second read, Torrey Smith, who was covered tightly by Eric Reid. The first read was on the opposite side of the field.
Here are my practice notes: