49ers training camp report: Day 2

SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights from the 49ers’ second practice of training camp, which took place at Levi’s Stadium.


1. WR Bruce Ellington. Made a team-high six catches during team drills, including two 15-yard catches over the middle and a 50-yard catch for a touchdown. On the 50 yarder, Ellington burned cornerback Chris Cook, and Colin Kaepernick’s pass hit Ellington in stride.

Ellington and undrafted rookie DeAndrew White seem like the most talented young receivers on the team.

2. WR Jerome Simpson. Made the catch of the day – a diving snag over the middle on a pass thrown low and away from him.

3. CB Tramaine Brock. The starting Nickel back for the first-team defense, Brock intercepted the first pass Kaepernick threw during team drills. Kaepernick rolled to his left and threw against his body deep to Anquan Boldin. The pass was underthrown and Brock easily intercepted it.

4. CB Dontae Johnson. The Niners’ starting left cornerback in sub-packages when Brock moved to the slot, Johnson intercepted a pass thrown by undrafted rookie quarterback Dylan Thompson during a two-on-two passing drill.

5. DE Arik Armstead. Struggled against second-year guard Brandon Thomas during one-on-one pass-rushing drills, but Armstead redeemed himself during 11-on-11s. Toward the end of practice Armstead bull-rushed one of the Niners’ interior offensive lineman (I couldn’t tell which one) and tagged Kaepernick for the sack.

6. DE Tony Jerod-Eddie. Had his way with Brandon Thomas during team drills. On one play, Jerod-Eddie pushed Thomas into Kaepernick, reached up and swatted the quarterback’s pass into the turf.


1. The tempo. Sunday afternoon Jim Tomsula told reporters the Niners’ goal on offense is to break the huddle and arrive at the line of scrimmage with at least 22 seconds left on the play clock. Tomsula bragged that the first-team offense consistently got to the line of scrimmage with at least 28 seconds left on the play clock during practice Saturday night.

But the Niners couldn’t sustain that pace Sunday – they got slower as practice went on. By the end of it, they were getting to the line of scrimmage with fewer than 17 seconds left on the clock and snapping the ball just before time expired.

2. QB Colin Kaepernick on third down. On Friday, strong safety Antoine Bethea praised Kaepernick for not telegraphing his passes during OTAs and minicamp. But Kaepernick seemed to telegraph his third-down passes Sunday afternoon during team drills.

Kaepernick faced two third downs and converted neither. Both times his pass got knocked down at the line of scrimmage – first by Tony Jerod Eddie, and then by Ahmad Brooks. They seemed to read Kaepernick’s eyes.

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  1. “Then does it again the next huddle. And then again, but louder. And then again. Even louder.” … Kawakami on JimT

    This I like a lot. Especially the “even louder” part.

    1. Good article. What about players that could be traded before the end of the preseason?

  2. Good to hear Ellington looked good today. Only day 2 so not wanting to get carried away, but if guys like Simpson, Ellington and White keep on looking good then Patton is really going to have to up his game. Maybe when the pads go on he’ll impress more.

    1. Yeah, I posted earlier today that Eric Branch believes Patton will be cut. But your right, we really need to wait until the pads are on. Another beat writer stated that White looked good again and Tomsula’s been answering questions which strongly suggests they are expecting White to make the team.

      1. I still think the 49ers only keep one of Simpson and Patton, not both. If Patton doesn’t win that #3 WR job his chances of making the roster are pretty slim in my opinion.

        I can’t help but think Patton is the sort of guy that has a place on an NFL roster, and that we are yet to really see what he can do. And maybe we never will as a 49er, maybe he won’t make the final roster this year.

        But if he doesn’t make the 49ers roster I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up latching on somewhere and being a decent #3/ #4 WR option for a team this year. I really liked him coming out of college, and he’s shown flashes and has an excellent attitude.

      2. The two reasons I think Patton makes the team is because Simpson still faces a possible suspension for the incident the Vikings learned of while he was already serving a suspension and the quickers offensive tempo which could leave the players gassed.

  3. Doesn’t filling a lane have more to do with batting balls down at the line of scrimmage than reading the QB’s eyes. NPTG

    1. I thought exactly the same thing when I read that line. Sounds like the OL has a lot of work to do and OLB and DL were in the backfield a lot. At the same time if Ellington caught a 50yd pass there was time to throw.

    2. i remember in high school as an o lineman, being taught to literally punch the d lineman in the gut if you saw his hands go up to block a pass.

    3. LBs do it too with underneath coverage.
      The Look-offs that Bethea was talking about is looking off DBs. The DLs are reading the QB’s eyes and ball hand at close quarters. A QB can’t really look-off the DL unless he literally throws a No Look pass to an outlet.

      1. Brotha Tuna- You beat me too it. That was going to be my comment. Grant- this type of rationalized BS in order to promote your agenda is what destroys your credibility in the eyes of a lot of people on certain subjects. Your description of the Brock interception does also does not jive with the accounts by other writers. While it was an interception, the other accounts make it sound more like a good play on Brocks part rather than an off target pass. With constant examples like this how are we to put any consistent trust in your observations? Clue! You are too young and capable to allow yourself to be locked into this constant desire to validate your initial perspectives on any player no matter what. Unlike some other posters I don’t discredit all your articles. In fact I think you also write some very good well thought out stuff. It is unfortunate, however, that on certain subjects it seems necessary to constantly have one’s BS meter active.

      2. Kaepernick stared down the receiver to his left on both third downs. Both times a pass rusher on that side of the field noticed Kaepernick locked onto a receiver, stopped his rush and put his hands up.

  4. was Brock the Slot Corner or the Nickelback?

    I thought Brock was a starter in the base defense package.

    The slot corner/DB can be (and is often) the Nickelback but not always.

    The Nickel Corner/DB is the one that comes in for the Nickel Package.

    The Slot Corner/DB lines up in the slot.

    Carlos Rodgers used to line up in the slot in the nickel package and slid in from the outside while Culliver was technically the Nickelback even though he lined up on the outside in the nickel package.

    if Brock was both the Nickelback and the slot corner then to me that means he was demoted?

    1. Keep in mind that Mangini has said Brock has the ability to play in the slot or on the outside depending on where the other team’s top WR plays at.

      1. I think Affnp was just referring to Grant’s use of the term nickelback. Technically the nickelback is the DB that comes in when the run 5 DBs. Usually they fill the slot role, so it has become somewhat synonymous with the term nickelback, but really it doesn’t necessarily matter where the nickelback lines up. In this instance Dontae Johnson was the nickelback (i.e. 5th DB), but lined up outside like Culliver used to do when Carlos Rogers was with the team.

      1. cool, thanks for the info. didn’t mean to nit pick. just wanted to know if any change in the depth chart had happened.

        keep up the eye witness reporting.

    2. It’s my understanding Brock is the number one starting corner, moving to the slot in nickel packages. Johnson is coming in on nickel packages to play the outside. So as of now Johnson is the 3rd CB. Brock has looked and is the best CB on the roster.

    1. You beat me by three minutes. I have to learn to type faster.

      A nice chunk of my optimism was based on the idea that Aldon and Lynch will be at their best. Nothing beats a nasty set of bookend pass rushers. If Lynch isn’t looking totally committed it will harsh my mellow just a wee bit. I’m hoping he’s just heavy because he isn’t running on the hammy.

      1. I wonder how much is just nursing an injury vs lack of motivation in the off season to keep in shape?

        Its worth keeping in mind that this is a guy that quit on his college team after a great first year at Notre Dame… Not trying to suggest that anything like that is happening here, but until I see him playing and practicing with great intensity over a long period I’m going to be concerned as to whether he can meet his potential.

          1. Yes, I know he has had an injury. I meant whether the reason he looks out of shape is because of the injury (i.e. has it actually prevented him from staying in shape) or because he just hasn’t had the motivation to stay in shape.

            Not being able to run due to a hamstring injury won’t help, but its not as if running is the only way to keep yourself in shape… Odell Beckham didn’t look out of shape on his return from a long term hamstring injury last season.

            1. Running is the only way to lose weight for guys his size. Beckams physique is very different from a LB’s physique. Guys like Lynch need to be able to run to shed weight, guys like Beckam could not put on weight or be out of shape unless they really tried. He is a natural athlete.

              1. Prime
                I’m no Trainer or Physical Therapist, but I’d think that swimming for muscle tone and cardio during hammy injury would be good. The old sauna will melt some, and most important exercise is the Push Back. Not the Push Up, it’s where the guy pushes back from the table and stops eating.
                Lynch was a little heavy last year in TC also and had to shed 10-15 lbs. He’ll have to watch that. I heard recently that last year Brooks was “in the high 200s” but came in at 260 this year. Personal dedication after a wake up call.

              2. Hey Brotha, I thought Lynch reported a little light last year, and Harbaugh gave him clearance to take steaks home. I remember him saying how much he enjoyed eating all he wanted….

              3. Nothing beats running.Thats what football players do. Swimming actually can have a negative affect on body fat percentage. Lynch was a beast last year. He obviously wasn’t able to do too much this offseason and into OTA’s cause he could run. I highly doubt he got lazy this summer under Tomsula knowing he had a great chance to be an every down type player.
                Hamstring injuries take a lot of time to heal.

              4. You’re sure right about hammys. Trying to come back too soon can be a real setback. I’m sure Lynch will be a big plus again this year.

              5. Grime when you have a slender physique, like I mentioned with Beckam, swimming can help you stay lean. But when you have the physique of a LB like Lynch, keeping the pounds off through swimming would take an eternity!
                Football players run for a living. They need to run to stay in shape. Any other simulation is not nearly as effective!

              6. Prime,

                All your talk about the importance of running for these big guys sure has me wondering why nobody is commenting about how out of shape Darnell Dockett has looked coming back from his knee injury…

              7. Dockets injury which occurred almost a year ago to Lynch which occurred less than 7 months ago are significantly different.
                Once again Scooter you always compare apples to oranges!

              8. Funny, I would have thought both injuries would limit the amount of running both guys could do this off-season.

                Having had more than my fair share of hamstring injuries, from strains through to tears, I feel confident in saying it wouldn’t have been long (like, one week) after he injured himself that he’d have been back doing light training, including walking, aqua therapy and cycling. Considering he’s been held out now for quite some time he’d have been at the point where he can do pretty much anything except sprint for some time.

                Turning up “pudgy”, as Kevin Lynch described it, seems more like he let himself go prior to the injury than because of the injury. And as often happens when you let yourself go a bit, when you get back into heavy exercise you pick up niggling injuries… say like a hammy injury.

                All conjecture on my part, and based on some non-scientific comments by some reporters regarding Lynch’s physique, but the idea he’s been unable to keep himself in shape because of his hamstring injury doesn’t wash with me.

              9. Good thing you are not the guy then to evaluate injuries, determine when the rehab process begins and ends, and how injuries are not related, and to what severity they are between individuals.
                Basically, dont act like you know why Lynch is out of shape and please spare us your football experiences and injuries to that of a pro athlete.
                Lastly, guys train and heal in different time frames. Comparing Odell to Lynch to Dockett and then yourself in the same category is a joke!

              10. No problem. So long as you don’t act like you know anything about football or injuries too. Deal?

            2. An awful lot of speculation based upon one loosely thrown comment from a non physical trainer about a guys level of fitness.

              1. Ok so don’t ever call you out because then it escalates? If you can’t handle being questioned, then don’t post!

              2. No, its just that whenever I argue with you I am reminded of a quote from Mark Twain:

                “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

              3. You sound like the biggest sour loser. You got questioned then turn all defensive. Like I said, if you don’t like being questioned, don’t post. Quote all you want, but you are acting like a you just lost the championship game! Maybe I should call you the new Michael Crabtree!

          1. Didn’t he spend his entire college time at BYU? Unlike Lynch who sat out his sophomore year after transferring…

            Wanting to go home is fine, I can understand that. I’m not really down on Lynch for doing so, but it does raise a concern about his dedication and ability to adapt. As I said, until I see him take a professional attitude to the game over a few seasons I’m going to have some concerns.

            1. Scooter- Your questioning his dedication is well founded. It seems to fit a pattern he exhibited in college. Not to say it will repeat but the question is reasonable under the circumstances. Certain athletes are like that. They will only give a good effort to erase a previous bad effort. Motivation sort of ego rather than love of the game driven.

            2. The difference might be that Young’s dad told him he could quite BYU but he couldn’t come home.

              The biggest factor for Young was probably the coaching change at BYU. The first coaches were going to make a safety out of him his first year. The second group went with him at QB.

      2. Look at the bright side, at least Brooks has looked great thus far… Harold looks good too

        1. With the wealthy of OLBs, Tomsula has the luxury of benching Lynch until he’s in proper shape.

    2. He must be eating the leftovers brooks was eating last year!!! Just can’t get both those guys going at the same time.

      1. Shane- They must have sent those free ” Home Buffet” for a year coupons to him this year instead of Brooks.

  5. Last few months Aaron Lynch looked a (little) chunky. Not bad, but for an OLB a bit on the heavy side. Today a Barrows reported Lynch looks out of shape.

    Usually not too big deal in early TC, especially for a guy nursing a hammy… but knowing Lynch’s past issues (and conflict with his school’s conditioning coach) its a situation worth keeping an eye on.

  6. I hope Kaep gets more arc on the ball so he can throw it over the D lineman without it getting batted down

  7. Help me. My wife is forcing me to watch “I am Cait”. Please shoot me or something.

    1. Just start a running commentary on the various medical procedures and she will kick you out of the room.

      1. I may kicked out of the room for many reasons, many of which I could not even forecast as I type this

    2. Pretend you’re watching it while thinking of and visualizing the great plays the 49ers will make this season. Works every time.

      1. Mid- Double reverse and “Miss” direction plays are what would come to my mind.

    3. Happy wife, happy life………. just keep the laptop close!

      My wife does endure my endless sports stuff, so I tolerate my share of Bachelor shows- I do draw the line with the Kardashians tho!

      1. So You Think You Can Dance is the worst I have to deal with. My Duchess actually knows her Niners pretty good. She’s calling me “Homer” this year tho.

        1. I hear the BBC is putting out some new multi-part versions of the Jane Austen books.

        2. Lucky guy. My better half has only attended one Niner game in her life and considers my religious watching of my beloved team as a cross she has to bear.
          She does watch Giants games, tho, so I am content.

          1. There is this little gray haired lady in her Patrick Marleau jersey getting on the train for San Jose and a Sharks game. She sees maybe twenty games a year in person, and all the rest on TV. I don’t watch the Sharks and I have no problem when I watch the 49ers. We’ll be married 52 years in seven days.

    4. The best way to survive having to watch a movie or TV show… imagine all the characters holding a large Fosters Freeze dip cones. Distracts me from bad acting and state dialogue.

  8. Grant,

    You praised Tramaine Brock’s interception but indicated it was more a result of a bad pass. Was Brock’s coverage good on this play or was it a bad pass? Additionally, how would you rate his coverage overall?
    I’m just trying to get a general overview of what the teams best cb looks like.

    1. Shoupbi- I read another account of that play and they stated that Boldin got open but Brock caught him and made the catch in his face. This implied it was a good play by Brock. Now whether Kaep threw the ball in stride and Boldin was just slow or Boldin had to slow down to make the catch is a question unanswered???? It is not that unlikely Brock could make up distance and just catch a slow Boldin. The problem is that Grants description of plays tend to lean on the side of his running agenda to make Kaep look bad, As he has often done in the past. he is very capable of putting a spin on the event to suite his agenda. I mean just look what type of spin he tried to put on those third down passes being batted down at the line of scrimmage. You just have to take a lot of his descriptions with a grain of salt.

      1. Brock caught him because Kaepernick’s pass was under-thrown. He had already been tagged for a sack and the pass seemed lazy and careless.

        1. your description of Kaepernick throwing across his body to Boldin doesn’t seem like laziness. It seems like overly ambitious recklessness…or as you say carelessness. Like he’s emulating his childhood QB idol Brett Favre.

          Did the pocket breakdown (were O-linemen at fault?) or did Kaepernick roll out of the pocket early on those third downs? Or were they designed that way? Was Kaepernick supposed to make quicker reads in the pocket? Were the receivers able to get open? Ultimately the QB is usually at fault for the interceptions he throws but there are often other contributing factors in failed plays.

          1. The interception wasn’t on third down. I said lazy because he didn’t throw the ball far enough even though he has more than enough arm strength.

            On the two third downs, he stayed in the pocket and the left side of the line — Staley and Boone — held up in protection.

            1. thank you for the additional information.

              I think your use of the term “lazy” to describe an under thrown ball borders on invoking your previous commentary about Kaepernick’s desire to improve. Again, I ask you does anything about Kaepernick strike you as content or even lazy? overly intense? probably. immature and moody? yes. lazy?…again, I can’t think of anything Kaepernick has done to make me believe he’s content or lazy.

              Don’t you think it’s more likely that a guy who is inaccurate to begin with, working on new throwing mechanics and footwork and throwing across his body deep (which is something you’re not supposed to do) are more likely causes for an under thrown pass than laziness?

              1. again, do you think it’s more likely Kaepernick does anything half hearted or simply inaccurate, possibly crossed up from his new throwing mechanics training? Kaepernick appears so intense that he’s more likely to freeze up when under pressure (mentally and physically) and screw up a throw than throw a half hearted pass. I could also see him throwing a bad pass like that out of frustration. If you think about it, what does he usually do when he screws up a deep pass? He over throws it. do you think it’s more likely he tried to correct his over throwing tendencies?

                to put it simply, it seems highly erroneous to blame a missed throw due to lack of effort for a QB who is already inaccurate and has no history of lazy half hearted behavior.

              2. I’m describing what I saw. Kaepernick seemed to be messing around after getting tagged for a sack. Like a free play. Geep Chryst just said Kaepernick should have scrambled on that play.

              3. fair enough, though you should have described it in that context. an interception after a play is over isn’t significant. you painted Kaeperick negatively based on a non-play. the real story (as you’re beginning to tell us) is the sack…not what happened after it.

                Geep’s comments about Kaep needing to scramble are interesting….though as a QB coach I’d think you’d want your QB to more quickly find an open receiver (if there were any) as a way to avoid a sack.

              4. The players typically play on and finish the down after a touch sack in practice. Kaepernick eased up after the tag but no one else did. I think Chryst wanted him to finish the play by picking up the available yards on the ground instead of throwing a careless pass into coverage.

            2. I beg to differ. I would say he was opportunistic because he was tagged for a sack so there would not be a pass if it was in a game, but he threw the ball anyways just to take advantage of the opportunity to throw to his receivers. Granted, it sounds like it was under thrown too late because Brock had time to react to the ball and make a good play.

            3. that’s good context. like i said, i wouldn’t have commented on an under thrown ball after the “tag”. but desire by the coaches to have Kaep scramble to me is what is more interesting…obviously it sounds like they want them to play with intensity through the play and beyond. but outside of that context that kind of crazy across the body deep pass kind of attitude is still symptomatic of what kind of QB Kaepernick is. a guy who’s always thinking he needs or wants to make the big play. which interestingly enough is counter to what Warner was saying about “lay ups” or taking what’s being given sometimes (i guess in this case scramble yards?).

              you observations and commentary are pretty good. please add more context to your commentary. it’s good stuff

        2. Grant how do the 49ers handle a QB who has been “tagged”? Is the play over or does it continue no matter how long the play goes?

  9. Quick note about the nature of D-line play, as it relates to QB fundamentals. The knocked down passes discussed in this article weren’t because Kaepernick tipped the defense with his eyes.

    This is the sort of thing people don’t get. When defensive players talk about reading a quarterback’s eyes, that’s coming from guys in the secondary. Quarterbacks at the NFL level are taught to focus on the safety. this keeps them from reacting to the pay, because they can’t tell which receiver the quarterback intends to go to. “reading the QB’s eyes”happens when they literally stare down the receiver.

    Defensive linemen read which throwing lane the quarterback intends to throw through. It’s different, and somewhat unavoidable. Swatted balls are more on the offensive lineman for giving up pocket space, and failing to close in on an airborn D-lineman than they are on the QB. You’ll often also find that they are more common when pads aren’t in use, because the nature of the fight in the trenches is different.

    1. Grant doesn’t usually care about such trivia. Thanks, that’s what I thought was going on.

      1. That is just common sense. Anyone who watches football and can think would be able to figure that out. Only people who see things though a biased perspective would try to make a connection with reading a QB’s eyes and balls batted down at the line of scrimmage. Grant is not a stupid guy. When intelligent people fail to see obvious things it is either because they are lawyering a case they want to make or have their perspectives totally distorted by a pre-established bia’s. Bottom line they are not objective and their perspective’s can not be trusted.

    2. Sounds like the defense is firing on all cylinders. The defenders are doing a good job filling the passing lanes and getting their hands up to thwart the pass. The offense needs to play together more to get down their timing, cohesion and rhythm.
      The line men should also drive a fore arm into the defenders’ solar plexus if they have their hands in the air.

  10. Kaep should practice rotating his head 15 degrees and look out of the corner of his eyes.
    Looking off the safeties can be done if he diligently practices that.

    1. You’ve got a million of this level of detailed suggestions and JimT’s ear. Make the most of it.

    2. seb you are familiar with “Not really telegraphing where he’s going, that’s a key thing for a quarterback,” Bethea said. “He did a great job of that during OTAs. Of course you want to get a jump on his eyes, but the good quarterbacks are going to look directly at me.”

      1. Or another term is looking off the safeties. Bottom line, he should not stare down the receiver, but this is the beginning of TC and right now, he should be concentrating on completing passes.

        1. I think you missed the point, that exactly what Bethea says he did at OTA’s is look off the safeties. I thought you wanted him to work on swiveling his head? Now you just want him to work on completions, which is it? My point is that as Bethea says the good QB’s look right at the safeties till they throw the ball. There’s no swiveling. This was about DL players batting balls, not about safeties. Several posters have noted the reason balls are being batted is because the OL is giving up real estate they shouldn’t be giving. Its an OL issue.

          1. Well, TC just started. There are a lot of things to work on. Gotta crawl before you walk, and gotta walk before you run. Head positioning will be critical to looking off the safeties during the season, but gaining confidence and rapport with the receivers is a good first step.
            I want Kaep to face towards the safety, but look out of the corner of his eyes so he can complete the pass to his receiver. I think we both want the same result, but are using different terms.
            Also, maybe Kaep should arc the ball more so he throws over the line men. Granted, it looks like the defense had the edge so far, but the defense is more into reaction, while the offense is looking to develop cohesion and timing.
            BTW, the defenders are reading the QB. They have to get into position to disrupt the passing lanes, and they watch the QB so they can time their jump to reach up and knock down the ball.
            I concede that the O line is not excelling, but there are 4 positions up for grabs, and it is in a state of flux.

  11. According to Lynch, Harold got slammed by Thomas and looked like he injured a paw, while Brown decked Brooks. Rush looks like he’s ahead of Harold. Gabbert looks much improved over last year and Gaskins (238lbs) looked smooth and fast in and out of his breaks….

    1. Razor-
      I hadn’t read anyone saying Rush was ahead of Harold. That was K.Lynch?
      Rush was one of my sleepers, but is likely PS I thought.

  12. Razor-
    Re: Lynch. I guess my memory is foggy on that. Your story sounds familiar, but I thought Vic wanted him down from 272 at some point in TC. Maybe it was about substituting protein for carbs

    1. Lynch was a 260+ lb 5 technique Defensive End for Notre Dame his freshman year.

      after sitting out a year and then playing for South Florida he was a 244 lb 4-3 Defensive End. Most scouting reports said he lacked power and effort. His quickness and athleticism was still there.

      Going to the Niners it appeared they wanted him to regain his power. So the had him eat steaks. weather or not he continued to work out in the offseason? I don’t know. Here’s some damning commentary about his character from draft reports.

      Work ethic and commitment were challenged at USF. After the 49ers drafted Lynch, his former strength coach at USF, Hans Straub, called him out on Twitter by questioning his character and integrity. Straub has since resigned.Watching the film available of Lynch on DraftBreakdown.com you can clearly see a different Lynch in 2013 at USF from 2011 at Notre Dame. At USF he appears to take a few plays off here and there and doesn’t always play through the whistle.


      Overall, Lynch is a shell of the player he was two years ago. I think the main reason for that is his selfish attitude and lack of good football character. This is a highly talented player who has the tools to play in the NFL, but does he have the right mind set? Lynch could get drafted, especially if you go back and look at his 2011 tape. Still, he is a big question mark who could turn into a wasted pick. I have no doubt that he will look very good at workouts for scouts. That isn’t the concern. The concern is from the neck up.


      1. Good info. A injured player a little out of shape in August usually isn’t a concern, but Lynch’s history makes the situation worth paying attention to.

        It may be a big deal, or nothing to worry about at all.

        As I recall, Lynch was one of those in between guys. No one was quite sure what his ideal playing weight was. He’s naturally thick bodied. He may be ideally suited to play 4-3 DE, but his athleticism allows him to play OLB.

  13. A different point of view on that “lazy” interception.

    “He thought he saw Anquan, so he thought he was going to have fun and cut one loose,” Chryst said. “Now, he had 20 yards to run and could step out of bounds. As a coach you tend to remind him that might have been the best choice. But he’s back to camp and he’s having fun.

    “Right now those turnovers are calorie-free, but we know we got to tighten that down once the games begin. That’s using his athletic ability, but it ends up being a negative. So that’s camp. Welcome to camp.”

    1. Boldin had a step on Brock, but Kaepernick didn’t cut it loose enough and the pass was underthrown.

      1. The difference is that Chryst wants to teach Kaepernick to always take the layup when there isn’t a clear alternative that’s better — even when he’s tagged and the play is over.

        You, on the other hand want categorize Kaepernick. Thanks for the reply.

    2. what I take away from this is that Geep wants Kaep to practice as he would play in a game…even beyond the whistle.

      Read Warner’s comments about the QB needing easy “layups”. short passes, quick passes, taking what’s there sometimes.

      The way I now interpret the events, is that Kaep was tagged for a sack and Kaepernick just let one loose down and across the field which was picked. no big deal since it’s after he was sacked anyway. but Geep wants Kaep to practice as if he were playing a real game so he should’ve gone for the “layup” in this case the scramble yards.

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