Situational periods reigned supreme Wednesday at 49ers Training Camp presented by HP. A third-down team period and two-minute drill period signaled the start of detailed team periods for the 49ers.
It was a unique practice for many reasons. For starters, Guy Fieri of the Food Network was on hand cooking up a storm for a private party on the owner’s deck. But besides the large smoke resonating from the rotisserie chicken pit, a 50-minute long special teams period began the day, which started at 9:15 in the morning instead of the normal 2:30 afternoon start.
Two interceptions were made on the day, both from players who’ve recorded takeaways already in camp. First, cornerback Chris Culliver recorded his second interception in as many (practice) days, stepping in front of a Scott Tolzien pass intended for wide receiver Ben Hannula during the opening team period. Later, in a 7-on-7 period an Alex Smith dump-off to Frank Gore deflected off the Pro Bowl running back’s hands and into fellow Pro Bowler Dashon Goldson’s arms for an interception.
Let’s take a look at the top highlights from the morning session.
-Special teams work, all 50 minutes of it, started the day with Ted Ginn Jr. and LaMichael James fielding punts. Kyle Williams began the period with the gunner group, but later joined Ginn Jr. and James for punt returns and later for kick-off returns. Those three were the only players to work on returns.
-Fourth-round pick Joe Looney joined teammates at practice for the first time since being taken off the Physically Unable to Perform list. However, the Wake Forest guard did not join team drills.
-Smith completed several impressive touchdowns during the one-on-one period. First, Smith hooked up with undrafted wideout Brian Tyms on a 40-yard touchdown pass at the expense of undrafted cornerback Deante’ Purvis. Smith completed a post-corner touchdown to Mario Manningham from 40 yards out over Culliver’s coverage. Manningham didn’t participate in 7-on-7’s or team periods for the second consecutive day. Lastly, Smith found Williams on a “slugo” route (slant and go) for a 40-yard touchdown down the right sideline past the coverage of cornerback Tramaine Brock. In the same period, Josh Johnson completed a deep sideline route to Randy Moss, who caught the ball one-handed while shielding Tarell Brown off his body.
-The best catch of 7-on-7 work came from Williams, who stretched out to make a diving catch on a frozen rope from second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Perrish Cox was the closest defender in coverage. Kaepernick later completed a 50-yard touchdown to undrafted wide receiver Chris Owusu.
-In the situational team period, Smith, Kaepernick, Josh Johnson and Tolzien took turns leading the offense down the field with the intent of making a field goal. All quarterback were successful as the All-Pro connected from 45, 50, 45 and 40 yards out.
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