The San Francisco 49ers entered their second full-day of padded practice and although RB LaMichael James went down to a dislocated elbow, it was a day in which others had to step up. Starting with second-year player RB Jewel Hampton, the diminutive yet shifty running back had another solid practice. Whether catching balls out of the flat or running hard between the tackles, Hampton is slowly ascending the depth chart. A tough task for any running back to do considering he’s facing rookie second-round pick RB Carlos Hyde and last year’s fourth-round pick RB Marcus Lattimore, Hampton is nonetheless holding his own.
Another player that had a solid second day of practice was the play of “7-11” WR Quinton Patton. The nickname I gave him this time last season continues to shine. In one-on-one drills Patton dropped a QB Colin Kaepernick pass while also dropping a potential touchdown pass from QB Josh Johnson as he beat CB Perrish Cox deep. However, he more than made up for it later on as he made catch after catch in 7-on-7 drills and 11-on-11 drills including a diving sideline catch. An overall good day for 7-11.
With Patton doing well at the receiver position, it was the play of DB Jimmie Ward who struggled. Ward who was matched up against WR Michael Crabtree in the slot in 11-on-11 was beat on a double move as Crabtree used his signature quick in-and-out. A move that is hard to stop for anyone, Ward still has some growing pains, which is expected, as he acclimates himself to the more savvy route runners in the NFL. The backend however was a different story.
Newly acquired SS Antoine Bethea intercepted a pass intended for WR Devon Wylie. A ball that sailed away as QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson over-shot the receiver, Bethea was in perfect position to cradle the ball. In fact the entire backend looked extremely strong as backup S D.J. Campbell also intercepted a pass in 7-on-7 drills as he picked off QB Blaine Gabbert.
With the 49ers continuing to get better every day they will need to also heal up, as two of their top three running backs went down to injuries in back-to-back days.
CB Tramaine Brock suffered an ankle injury as he tried to break on a ball intended for WR Devon Wylie and sat out the remaining of the practice.