Training camp report: Kendall Hunter returns to sloppy practice

SAN FRANCISCO – Here’s what stood out to me at Saturday afternoon’s padded practice at Candlestick Park.


1. Kendall Hunter – He returned to practice for the first time since he tore his Achilles’ tendon last November. He didn’t participate much, but he got his feet wet.

2. Jonathan Goodwin – He returned to practice after missing the past two week and immediately took over his spot as the starting center.

3. Quinton Patton – He’s still wearing the blue, non-contact jersey, but he’s participating more and more in practice. During one-on-one drills, Patton beat Michael Thomas deep and made the catch with a broken finger.

4. Kyle Williams – At the end of practice, the offense did a five-minute drill against the scout team offense. On third and five, Williams lined up in the slot across from Michael Thomas. Williams beat Thomas to the inside on a slant and made the catch for an eight-yard gain.

6. Vernon Davis – He caught seven passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

7. LaMichael James – He continues to have a good training camp catching passes. Today, he caught a deep pass on a wheel route from Colin Kaepernick.

8. Carlos Rogers – He picked off Kaepernick in a red zone drill.

9. Colt McCoy – He sustained a neck stinger on his throwing shoulder during Thursday night’s preseason game, so he wore a blue, non-contact jersey today. But he still took about ten reps in team drills.


1. Tarell Brown and Joe Staley – They did not attend practice. They’re working through some things.

2. Vance McDonald – He did attend practice, but he did not participate. He’s working through something.

3. A.J. Jenkins – He made a nice catch on a square in route in front of Perrish Cox. He caught one more pass – a five yard gain on a drag route. On his third and final target of the afternoon, he ran another drag route but he dropped it. The pass popped up into the air and Darcel McBath picked it off.

4. Nnamdi Asomugha – He started and struggled at right cornerback in place of the absent Tarell Brown. Lockette beat Asomugha deep twice, but Lockette dropped one. Asomugha also committed a pass interference penalty on a back-shoulder pass to Kassim Osgood.

5. Ricardo Lockette – He dropped three passes.

6. Adam Snyder – He started at left tackle in place of Joe Staley. On one play, Snyder got beat around the edge for a sack by Cam Johnson. Later, Snyder gave up a sack to Demarcus Dobbs. Snyder also committed a false start penalty.

6. Red zone offense – Here was the drill: Third-and-goal from the 12. Score a touchdown. If you don’t, try again from the 10. If you fail again, try from the 8. If you fail again, try from the 6. The 49ers’ offense scored zero touchdowns during this drill. Not the first-team offense, the second-team offense or the third-team offense.

7. 5-minute offense – Practice ended with a five-minute drill – the offense had five minutes to drive 80 yards and score a touchdown. Kaepernick drove the first-team offense 25 yards, but he couldn’t convert a third-and-eight. He threw deep to Anquan Boldin, but Michael Thomas knocked away the pass. Scott Tolzien drove the second-team offense 28 yards, but he fumbled the snap on third and ten, killing the drive. That’s how practice ended.

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