Training camp report: Kaepernick improves in the red zone

SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me at Sunday afternoon’s padded practice.


1. Colin Kaepernick – He was on fire today. He couldn’t miss the deep passes, he had touch on his shorter throws and he scored twice in the red zone. First, he threw a touchdown pass to Chad Hall in the back of the end zone. Next, Kaepernick threw a TD pass to Frank Gore.

2. Frank Gore – He made a diving touchdown catch in a red zone drill. It was one of the best catches of the offseason by any player.

3. Vernon Davis – He had another monster practice. Today, he caught six passes for 185 yards and a touchdown.

4. Daryl Morris – He had a terrific practice, his best practice of the offseason. Playing right cornerback, he broke up a deep pass intended for Marlon Moore, then Morris knocked away a pass intended for Ricardo Lockette in the back right corner of the end zone, and then Morris intercepted a B.J. Daniels pass down the left sideline.

5. Austin Collie – He beat Carlos Rogers twice in a red-zone drill, once for a five-yard gain at the goal line, and once for a touchdown.

6. Colt McCoy – He did not wear the blue non-contact jersey today. He was a full participant. His neck stinger must not be serious.

7. Michael Wilhoite – During one-on-one drills, he covered Anthony Dixon once. Dixon ran a deep wheel route down the left sideline. Wilhoite recognized the route, outran Dixon and picked off the pass.


1. Vance McDonald – He did not suit up for practice. He’s working through something.

2. Joe Staley – See McDonald.

3. Tarell Brown – See McDonald and Staley.

4. Tramaine Brock – He suited up, but did not participate in team drills for the second day in a row. Perrish Cox took his place as the left cornerback in the Nickel package.

5. A.J. Jenkins – He received one target in team drills. He caught it for a five-yard gain on a quick out route. He got one rep during one-on-one drills. He faced Marcus Cooper. Jenkins ran a fade, Colt McCoy threw a back shoulder pass and Cooper knocked it away.

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