SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me at the 49ers’ second padded practice of training camp.
1. Dontae Johnson. Played like a monster. Broke up three passes. First, he swatted away a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Anquan Boldin in the back right corner of the end zone. You rarely see a cornerback beat Boldin on a jump ball. Next, Johnson almost intercepted a Kaepernick pass intended for Brandon Lloyd. Kaepernick stared down Lloyd and Johnson noticed, breaking on the ball before Lloyd turned his head. The pass bounced off Johnson’s chest and hit the ground. The very next play, Johnson broke up a Kaepernick pass intended for Stevie Johnson in the end zone. Stevie cut to the inside but couldn’t shake Dontae. Dontae outmuscled Stevie for the ball and knocked it to the ground.
2. Carlos Hyde. Twice during 11 on 11 team drills he ran off tackle, cut back inside and exploded through holes untouched. After each run, Jim Harbaugh yelled, “Atta way, Carlos!” Later during the same team drill, Hyde slid in the pocket and blocked a blitzer. Harbaugh loved it. He shouted, “Nice job, Carlos!” before the quarterback threw the ball.
3. Jewel Hampton. Caught five passes during team drills. Even made a touchdown catch during a red zone drill. He carried the ball well, too, gaining about 10 yards up the middle on one run against the first-team defense.
4. Vance McDonald. Also caught five passes during team drills. Dropped none. He caught two touchdown passes during red zone drills.
5. Tank Carradine. Burst through the offensive line and tagged Jewel Hampton for a three-yard loss during 11 on 11s.
6. Lawrence Okoye. Pushed Al Netter into McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who was standing about five or six yards behind the line of scrimmage in the pocket. Netter could not hold his ground against Okoye.
7. Antoine Bethea. Intercepted Bethel-Thompson, who overthrew Devon Wylie during 7 on 7s.
8. Michael Crabtree. Caught a touchdown pass between two safeties on the first play of 7 on 7s. Colin Kaepernick threw the pass. It looked like the kind of play that would have gotten broken up in a real game with live contact. The safeties let up as soon as they got to Crabtree.
9. Brandon Lloyd. Blocked Dontae Johnson out of a play during a red zone drill. Lloyd’s block allowed Vance McDonald to run into the end zone untouched.
10. Patrick Willis. Took one rep as a kick returner and scored. Juked Carlos Hyde and beat him down the sideline for a touchdown.
1. Blaine Gabbert. Threw the ball to Stevie Johnson in the back of the end zone during 7 on 7s and got intercepted by third-string safety D.J. Campbell. During 11 on 11s, Gabbert threw a deep pass to Lloyd, who was breaking toward the sideline. Gabbert threw the pass about five yards too short.