No. 85 caught a lot of passes at Thursday’s minicamp finale at 49ers headquarters.
However, it wasn’t solely Vernon Davis hauling in throws from 49ers quarterbacks. Last year’s leading wideout, Michael Crabtree, also donned a No. 85 jersey for the last mandatory veteran minicamp of San Francisco’s offseason program.
It was all in good fun.
Davis couldn’t help but smile when first seeing Crabtree wear his number. The two walked out on to the practice field together at the start of the minicamp session and Crabtree stayed by Davis’ side for the duration of the opening special teams period. During that time, Davis worked one-on-one with tight ends coach Reggie Davis. The two went over routes and the steps needed to make the necessary breaks.
Crabtree even got a couple of reps. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman soon came over to check out his 85 duo and got a good laugh at seeing Crabtree’s jersey.
Minicamp highlights included:
-Punt team practice opened up the day with Kyle Williams, Perrish Cox, Nathan Palmer and A.J. Jenkins taking turns fielding Andy Lee’s booming punts.
-The best catch of the tight end-linebacker one-on-one drills came from Konrad Reuland, who got behind Aldon Smith to make a deep catch at its highest point while running a post-corner route.
-Alex Smith threw his first interception of minicamps in the opening 7-on-7 period. Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers stepped in front of a comeback route intended for Palmer.
-A.J. Jenkins had his most impressive catch of the offseason during 7-on-7 work. With running back Jewel Hampton slipping out of the backfield, Colin Kaepernick bought time by rolling to his left, Jenkins also continued to move with the quarterback and eventually got open to catch a touchdown pass in the back left corner of the end zone.
-Undrafted wideout Brian Tyms made three impressive grabs during team periods, including a 30-yard reception that set up a short touchdown pass during the “move the ball” period.
-Kendall Hunter caught a short pass from Josh Johnson out of the backfield and darted his way by multiple defenders to score a 30-yard touchdown during a team period.
-In the red zone, “one play to win” period, Kaepernick tossed a nice touchdown pass to Williams. The third-year wideout scored again to close out a team period later in practice on a pass from Smith and had tackle Joe Staley spike the ball in celebration.
-The final red zone period concluded with a Smith touchdown pass to Reuland and a Kaepernick touchdown pass to No. 85, the real Vernon Davis.
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