Two days before the 2012 exhibition season begins, shells were the practice attire of choice at the latest session of 49ers Training Camp presented by HP. Although the players were in shoulder pads and shorts, practice remained uptempo with Jim Harbaugh at the helm.
Rookies LaMichael James and Jason Slowey returned to action after missing Tuesday’s practice. Most of the day involved red zone team periods. Scott Tolzien completed several touchdowns in the red zone, but the defense had the last laugh when it came to team periods at the end of practice.
Let’s take a look at the top highlights from the evening session.
-Running backs received an excellent demonstration during cut-blocking drills, running backs coach Tom Rathman dove out low on a blocking pad to give a top-notch demonstration.
-In the opening red zone period, Colin Kaepernick completed a touchdown to tight end Delanie Walker and later completed another touchdown to wide receiver Ben Hannula during a red zone 7-on-7 period.
-In a team period from the 30-yard line moving in, tight end Kyle Nelson recorded his first touchdown of camp on a deep Scott Tolzien pass over the middle. It was an excellent high-point catch by Nelson in traffic.
-In a later team red zone period Kaepernick found Moss for a touchdown, completing the vintage jump ball to the 35-year-old wideout over Anthony Mosley’s coverage. Tolzien completed another touchdown in the period on a rollout pass to Walker.
-The best defensive play of camp so far was turned in on the same red zone period. Patrick Willis intercepted a tipped Josh Johnson pass in the end zone. The best part of the play was Willis’ ability to track the tipped pass as it moved back into the end zone and still was able to make a diving interception to complete the turnover. The impressive play resulted in a touchback for the first-team defense.
-In a move the ball period, the defense toughened up several times. NaVorro Bowman’s sack on second-and-goal from the 8-yard line put an end to the first-team’s drive as the clock expired on the minute-long drive scenario. The second-team defense won its matchup after the offense’s drive stalled due to a false-start on the offensive line. The third-team defense won the third and final matchup, but only because Brian Tyms’ leaping touchdown grab was ruled out of bounds. Tyms jumped quite high to make a reception on Tolzien’s deep middle pass, but landed with one foot in bounds and one foot out.
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