Today’s San Francisco 49ers practice was filled with numerous banged up bodies returning to health. From DE Justin Smith to NT Ian Williams, many of the 49ers players were back on the field as they try to regain their mid-season form. A defensive line that has been hit hard by the injury bug, the return of Smith, Williams, and DE Ray McDonald was a good sign to see. Three players that were last year’s week one starters it was good to see the trio back together again.
The player of the day has to go to rookie sixth-round pick CB Kenneth Acker. The former SMU star recorded two interceptions including a read-and-react pick six where he jumped the route in front of rookie fourth-round pick WR Bruce Ellington. A play that was mainly QB Blaine Gabbert’s fault as he telegraphed the pass the whole way, Acker read the quarterback’s eyes and seized the opportunity for an interception.
However it was the play of OLB Ahmad Brooks that caught my eye today. He was wrecking havoc all over the field. In 11-on-11, Brooks came screaming off the edge to record a sack on QB Colin Kaepernick. Not to mention, he consistently penetrated the backfield, Brooks had a solid day and was by far the best front seven player out there.
With the 49ers continuing their training camp on Friday we will keep you updated on the latest as it unfolds.
-Third-year T Jonathan Martin was absent due to the death of his grandmother and therefore was a no-show.
-ILB Patrick Willis was present but did not practice for unspecified reasons.
-WR Michael Crabtree and CB Tramaine Brock took part in team-drills only.
-G Mike Iupati seemed to had injured his right foot but returned to practice shortly thereafter. I’m talking within five minutes, so nothing major.
-TE Vance McDonald and RB LaMichael James both wore blue “non-contact” jerseys.