With the San Francisco 49ers resuming their second day of OTA’s today, the Niners local media had the opportunity to witness the practice. From undrafted rookie free-agents to the seasoned veterans, many of the players looked hungry for football season to begin. And while starting RG Alex Boone continues to be absent from the voluntary workouts, many other players stepped up in his absence.
One player in particular that gained valuable experience in Boone’s absence was G Adam Snyder. Last year’s primary backup was seen working with the first-team. Snyder who was Harbaugh’s starter at guard before he bolted for the Arizona Cardinals has starting experience so the depth at guard is deep.
On the south end of the field was QB Colin Kaepernick and QB Blaine Gabbert as they alternated snaps in red zone drills. A drill that included WR Michael Crabtree, WR Anquan Boldin, and WR Brandon Lloyd it was Lloyd who caught all the passes thrown his way as he went 5-for-5. From running fade-routes to a quick hitch, Lloyd showed why he was a Pro Bowl player. Boldin finished 4-for-5 and Crabtree finished 4-for-6 although one of those passes was uncatchable.
In 7-on-7 drills, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson was intercepted by Pro Bowl ILB Patrick Willis while ILB Chris Borland under-cut a route intended for RB LaMichael James and intercepted Gabbert. However, the highlight of the day had to be DE Lawrence Okoye. The 300 plus pound defensive lineman ran down CB Darryl Morris on the kickoff drill. That’s right Okoye caught Morris. Wow. The players went crazy after that.
WR Quinton Patton had a good day for the most part as he looked fluid in receiving drills while returning a team-high two kick-returns for touchdowns. A player that is quicker than fast, Patton was seen sprinting down the sidelines time and time again.
Other notable players that were absent from OTA’s were T Jonathan Martin, WR Stevie Johnson, TE Vernon Davis, RB Frank Gore, RB Carlos Hyde, CB Jimmie Ward, CB Chris Culliver, and DE Justin Smith.
With the second day of OTA’s in the books, it was a good sign to see the team together again as they prepare to complete their quest for six.