SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers held their first open training camp practice on Friday and the fans got a treat. With the players in pads, there was a lot of contact from the players that drew cheers from the audience.
It was a light practice which involved a lot of situationial plays. The practice ended on two 2:30 drives from the offense’s own 45-yard line. The first team offense was paired up against the second team defense.
The offense drove the length of the field and made it to the defense’s 10-yard line. But on a 4th down play, a pass to tight end Vernon Davis was broken up by safety Taylor Mays in the end zone.
The next drive was led by the second team offense against the first team defense. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick hit wide receiver Chris Hogan on a 50-yard pass on the left sideline. Hogan hurt his knee on the play but got up on his own power. He had had a good day prior to the injury. The drive ended after Kaepernick scrambled for no gain, threw away on the next two plays and had to sit on a bad snap.
New linebacker Larry Grant was a presence throughout the game. He was all over the field making tackles and even tipped a pass during a 7-on-7 red zone drill for his own interception. His play elevated him from the third team up to some reps with the first team.
The hard hitting and physical play was the first of its kind throughout the training camp. The crowd had loud reactions to hits, particularly to a running back Anthony Dixon and linebacker Patrick Willis collision.
Other quick notes:
- Players not participating: LB Keaton Kristick, CB Shawntae Spencer, NT Isaac Sopoaga and LB Ahmad Brooks. On the field were CB Phillip Adams, LB Alex Joseph and FB Bruce Miller (who just came off the PUP list).
- RB Frank Gore’s free agent Drew Rosenhaus met with 49ers COO Paraag Marathe before practice. He later watched the entire practice and met with Gore afterward. When asked about Gore’s contract situation, Rosenhaus declined to comment.
- New WR Braylon Edwards caught some 15-yard passes from head coach Jim Harbaugh. He received a lot of cheers from the crowd.
- C Adam Snyder continued to get snaps with the first team. LB Aldon Smith, with Brooks out, saw action with the first team again. S CJ Spillman and Reggie Smith continue to see time with the first team. New CB Carlos Rogers was also with the first team.
- NT Ian Williams has also added a lot of pressure on the line during reps. TE Konrad Reuland struggled with catches during practice but caught his last two.
- QB Alex Smith continued to excel in short passes during camp. He did have a 50-plus yard heave to WR Ted Ginn but fell short between Ginn and S Curtis Taylor.
QB Colin Kaepernick played better than he did on Thursday and despite not finishing the last drive with at touchdown, had some good throws early during practice.
- The 49ers invited NFL referees to practice to help the entire team understand the new rules.
- With what looks like some malfunction with the playclock, the 49ers were not able to fully simulate a 2-minute drill.
- Tomorrow is another open practice to the public. I’m taking that day off to take care of some personal things. I’ll be back next week.