SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me at Friday’s padded practice.
1. Colin Kaepernick. Completed 14 of the 19 passes he attempted during team drills. He threw three touchdown passes – one to Quinton Patton, one to Vernon Davis and one to Chuck Jacobs. This may have been Kaepernick’s best practice of camp.
2. Vernon Davis. Made five catches during team drills. One was a five-yard touchdown catch in a goal-line drill. He outran Eric Reid to the back-left corner of the end zone. Kaepernick rolled to his left and flicked the ball Davis for an easy score. This definitely was Davis’ best practice of camp.
3. Quinton Patton. Also made five catches during team drills. Two were touchdown catches. One of his TD catches came on fourth-and-goal from the 10 yard line. Patton beat Perrish Cox to the front-right corner of the end zone. Kaepernick sprinted to his right and hit Patton in stride.
4. Bruce Ellington. Made four catches during team drills. He beat Jimmie Ward twice, and he beat Dontae Johnson once.
5. Chuck Jacobs. Made the catch of the day, the catch of camp so far. Chris Cook was covering him. Jacobs ran straight down the sideline and Kaepernick threw a pass way up high for Jacobs, but Kaepernick under threw it and gave strong safety Antoine Bethea time to run over and play the ball. Jacobs slowed down, jumped over both Cook and Bethea, made the catch, landed on his feet and ran into the end zone untouched.
6. Patrick Willis. Punched a pass out of Quinton Patton’s hands during a red zone drill.
7. Michael Wilhoite. Slapped three passes out of Vance McDonald’s hands during team drills.
8. Chris Borland. Tackled Jewel Hampton after a one-yard gain on third-and-two during a live-hitting, full-team drill.
9. Dontae Johnson. Intercepted McLeod Bethel-Thompson on the last play of practice. Johnson was covering Devon Wylie who ran an outward-breaking route toward the sideline. Johnson jumped the route, dove and picked off the pass. Johnson has not given up a touchdown nor has he gotten beat deep during team drills in training camp.
10. Chris Culliver. Gave up no passes during team drills. Broke up a pass intended for Anquan Boldin in the end zone during 7 on 7s. Kaepernick threw it. Boldin broke to the inside but couldn’t shake Culliver, who reached out and knocked away the pass with his right hand.
1. Anquan Boldin. Caught a five-yard pass over the middle and ran into Darryl Morris, who lowered his shoulder into Boldin. Boldin objected. He threw the ball at Morris and then threw a vicious right cross into Morris’ face mask, snapping back Morris’ neck. Morris threw two punches back at Boldin. Jim Harbaugh and Vernon Davis physically jumped between them and broke up the fight. Harbaugh kicked Boldin out of practice. This time Boldin didn’t object — he walked straight to the locker room while he stared at the ground. Harbaugh ended practice two plays later.
2. Jewel Hampton. Caught a pass in the flat and Chase Thomas hit him for a five-yard loss. Hampton pushed Thomas and punched him in the helmet. Harbaugh did not eject Hampton.
3. Glenn Dorsey. Seemed to hyperextend his elbow during team drills. He walked to the locker room halfway through practice and did not return to the field.
4. Vance McDonald. Dropped four passes during team drills for the second day in a row.
5. Ahmad Brooks. Jumped offside twice.
6. Jimmie Ward. Gave up a five-yard touchdown catch to Derek Carrier during a goal-line drill. Josh Johnson faked a handoff, Ward bit on the fake and couldn’t catch up to Carrier in the end zone.
7. Stevie Johnson. Caught one pass the entire practice, but his left foot landed on the sideline so the catch didn’t count. Johnson also dropped a pass during one-on-one drills.