SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights from the 49ers’ third padded practice of training camp.
1. TE Vernon Davis. His best day of training camp, and the best receiver on the field. Made four catches during team drills, including a 50-yard touchdown catch. On the touchdown Davis ran straight down the middle of the field, straight past the second-team defense’s safeties, and third-string quarterback hit Davis perfectly in stride.
2. WR Jerome Simpson. The only person who scored during the two-minute drill. Simpson was playing with the second team offense (the first-team offense didn’t score during this drill). On the first play of the drive, quarterback Blaine Gabbert hit Simpson who was wide open running a fade route down the left sideline. Simpson caught the ball, cut back to the middle of the field and sprinted into the end zone untouched.
3. CB Shareece Wright. Intercepted a deep pass intended for wide receiver Quinton Patton. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick put too much air under the pass, which allowed Wright to stop, turn around, jump and catch the ball in front of Patton. For a guy who has made just two interceptions since high school, Wright seems to intercept a lot of passes.
4. WR DeAndrew White. Made four catches during team drills, including two third-down catches that resulted in first downs.
5. QB Colin Kaepernick’s short passes. The past few days Kaepernick struggled throwing short passes, particularly when targeting receivers running slant routes or drag routes. Not today. Kaepernick’s short passes Friday afternoon were as accurate as I’ve ever seen them. He missed only two, and both of those passes were dropped.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. QB Colin Kaepernick’s deep passes. His first deep pass looked like a pop up or a punt – it was in the air forever. And it got intercepted by Shareece Wright. Kaepernick’s next three deep passes looked like line drives, and all three of them sailed past the intended target.
1. C/G Ian Silberman. Played center for the second-team offense today, and couldn’t snap the ball to a quarterback standing in the shotgun. I counted six groundball snaps from Silberman during team drills.