The second day of San Francisco 49ers training camp yielded mixed reviews. Day one saw plenty of big plays from WR Torrey Smith and undrafted rookie free-agent WR DeAndrew White but today was quite the opposite.
49ers second-year RB Carlos Hyde dropped ball after ball in team drills while QB Colin Kaepernick forced a deep ball to WR Anquan Boldin in double-coverage as he rolled left, only to see the ball get intercepted by CB Tramaine Brock. An interception that would have not otherwise have taken place due to 49ers OLB Aldon Smith getting a would-be sack on Kaepernick in non-contact team drills, it remains to be seen how far Kaepernick has come as he still has tunnel vision at times.
However, the player who shined on day 2 had to be diminutive yet shifty second-year WR Bruce Ellington. In one-on-one drills, Ellington was matched up against CB Chris Cook and displayed his speed as he ran a 30-yard skinny post, leaving Cook in the dust before catching a pass in stride from QB Blaine Gabbert on his way into the end zone.
Ellington wasn’t done there however, as he was matched up shortly thereafter against CB Shareece Wright. The former San Diego Charger quickly met his match, as Ellington ran a deep 25-yard out-route before coming down with the catch from QB Dylan Thompson.
The highlights didn’t stop there for Ellington, as he lit up the defense once again in 11 on 11 drills, only this time it was Kaepernick who would deliver the pass. A play that saw Ellington run a 15-yard seam-route, Ellington then showed off his ability to adjust to the ball in the air, before making a nice leaping catch over the middle and landing on the ground.
While Ellington made his fair share of big plays so did rookie fourth-round pick (No. 127) TE Blake Bell. Bell, who shined on day one had another solid performance on day two as he caught most everything his way.
Notes: 49ers DE Darnell Dockett finally strapped on the helmet on day two and played sparingly in nickel defense. One day after the team’s sole focus was on fine-tuning their 3-4 base defense, Dockett finally saw action on the field as the team mixed in nickel packages.
Second-year OLB Aaron Lynch appears to be out of shape just like OLB Ahmad Brooks was during last year’s training camp, and as a result didn’t partake in 11-on-11 drills although he did participate on special-teams.
49ers DE Lawrence Okoye bull-rushed his way during 11-on-11 drills to a sack of Thompson. A positive sign for Okoye who is in a make it or break it season, it looks like that Okoye may finally be turning the corner.
The highlight of the day was the play of WR Jerome Simpson. A play that saw Simpson make a diving catch across the middle against Brock, it was a thing of beauty as the team went nuts.
With the 49ers preparing for Day 3, I will keep you posted on the latest as it unfolds.
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