On the walk out to the practice fields for day two of 49ers Training Camp presented by HP, one couldn’t ignore the bright gold cleats being worn by Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers.
The custom Nike cleats were reminiscent of Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson, a talented sprinter who became a household name after winning two gold medals in the 1996 summer games, and did so by wearing gold track cleats, of course.
The 49ers themselves weren’t at a meet of any sorts, but several players dashed away from teammates to make big plays in the second camp session of 2012. Pads will make their debuts on Sunday, but before we can examine one-on-one blocking matchups, let’s take a look at Saturday’s top highlights.
-Warmup practice period featured Coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst teaching Scott Tolzien how to hold a snap for a field goal attempt.
-Fourth-year wideout Michael Crabtree was a noticeable absentee from practice. After practice, a 49ers spokesman said Crabtree was working through something.
-In the opening 7-on-7 period Alex Smith completed a comeback to wide receiver Joe Hastings in front of Tarell Brown and Aldon Smith for his first completion of the day. Smith later completed a short pass to Kyle Williams who was immediately stripped by Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis for the only turnover of the day. Smith later overthrew Randy Moss and Mario Manningham on deep routes.
-Colin Kaepernick completed passes to Ted Ginn Jr., LaMichael James, Garrett Celek and Vernon Davis during the opening 7-on-7 period.
-Tolzien completed a comeback pass to Williams in front of Tramaine Brock during the opening 7-on-7 period.
-During field goal period, Davis worked on over-the-shoulder end zone grabs, and did so by toe-tapping both feet while making the catch.
-In the opening team period, Alex Smith completed a deep ball to Manningham in front of Brown and safety Donte Whitner. Kaepernick’s best play was a result of good footwork. The second-year quarterback avoided the rush and escaped the pocket, picking up 15 yards while scrambling down the right sideline. New 49ers quarterback Josh Johnson completed a dig route to Manningham off a play-action fake against the third-string defense.
-In the second 7-on-7 period, Alex Smith found Williams on another deep sideline route in front of Brown and Aldon Smith. Alex Smith later launched a deep seem route to Davis, but had the perfectly thrown pass broken up by Whitner who was in excellent position. In the same period, Kaepernick hooked up with Delanie Walker on a deep flag route in front of Whitner’s tight coverage.
-Play of the day honors took place in the second 7-on-7 period when Brown broke up Tolzien’s corner route intended for Williams. Brown recognized the route and undercut the throw as it made its way to Williams.
-In the second and final team period, Kaepernick completed crossing routes to Brett Swain and to Williams. The best defensive play of the period went to Aldon Smith, who broke up a reverse to first-round pick A.J. Jenkins behind the line of scrimmage. Jenkins finished the day with a strong catch in traffic on a throw from Kaepernick.
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