2014 49ers’ Training Camp: News, Quotes, and Notes From Day 6

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The San Francisco 49ers continued training camp today and it was the defense that was the better side of the ball. Starting with positional drills between the wide receivers and defensive backs it was rookie first-round pick (No. 30) DB Jimmie Ward that shined.

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In his first set of plays he was matched up one-on-one against WR Brandon Lloyd and broke up an out-route as QB Colin Kaepernick tried to thread the needle. A great play by Ward he then had an encore performance as he locked up WR Stevie Johnson on his very next play. A play that saw Kaepernick throw the ball deep, Ward stayed on Johnson’s hip while running stride-for-stride with the veteran receiver. However, Ward is still having trouble in the slot as quicker wide receivers still get the better of him on quick slants, such as WR Quinton Patton and rookie fourth-round pick WR Bruce Ellington.

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While Ward shined it was four-year veteran CB Perrish Cox who brought his A-game as well. In one-on-one drills, Cox was seen getting beat by WR David Reed twice, once on a quick slant and another off a double-move where QB Blaine Gabbert threw a bomb to Reed in the endzone for a touchdown. But you know what makes cornerbacks good? Their short term memory as Cox played lights out the rest of the way.


Lined up across WR Anquan Boldin, Cox stayed on Boldin’s hip on a comeback route as Kaepernick tried to lay a bullet pass in his bread basket. Denied. Then on 7-on-7 drills, Kaepernick tested Cox again as he threw a short 7-yard pass to FB Bruce Miller only to be denied a second time as Cox made a nice play on the ball. You would think Kaepernick would have learned his lesson right? Wrong. The next time up, Cox was tested deep as Boldin ran a go-route and Kaepernick trusting his wide receiver to go get it, lobbed it up only to see Cox come down with the interception. If you’re keeping count that’s Kap 0 and Cox 3.

That was the end, right? Wrong. Kaepernick again tested Cox on a quick slant as he threw a pass intended for Patton only to see the ball be intercepted. Kap 0 and Cox 4. Kaepernick then knew it wasn’t his day and never looked Cox’s way for the duration of practice.

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Two defensive backs that shined, it was another cornerback that made headlines as well in CB Darryl Morris. The second-year player out of Texas State had four pass break-ups on day six. A day in which he was matched up against WR Michael Crabtree, Boldin, Johnson and Lloyd he locked up all of those receivers.

Let’s just say the defensive backs as a whole did well. In fact, fourth-round pick CB Dontae Johnson is even starting to earn praise from me. After struggling on one-on-one positional drills on the quick slants against Boldin and Patton, Johnson bounced back with authority as he picked off a Kaepernick pass intended for Ellington. Then in 7-on-7 drills Johnson broke up a pass intended for Boldin as Gabbert tried to hit him on an out-route.

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Overall the defensive backs played lights out, however new free-agent CB Chris Cook continues to struggle. The five-year veteran out of Virginia continues to have a hard time getting out his back pedal to stop the out-route. In fact, Boldin, Ellington and WR Kassim Osgood were routinely seen attacking that weakness and basically picked him apart.

But that’s not to say Cook did not make some great plays. He did tip a QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson pass intended for WR Chuck Jacobs that eventually fell in the arms of ILB Patrick Willis during 7-on-7 drills, while also breaking up a pass intended for Jacobs in one-on-one, so it was a mixed day for Cook.

Basically today goes to the defensive backs. A camp battle that will surely be closely monitored you could tell the bar was raised from the start when others lower on the depth chart started to make plays. In short, competition is heating up!

With the 49ers set to begin day seven tomorrow, we will keep you all updated on the latest news from Levi’s Stadium as it unfolds.

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