Practice 13: Johnson shines as 49ers make big plays

Practice 13: Johnson shines as 49ers make big plays
August 10, 2014, 1:45 pm
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I just went and made a play. I was playing assignment football and being where I was supposed to be at the right time.
Dontae Johnson

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OWINGS MILLS, Maryland – The 49ers bounced back from an up-and-down first day of joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens with a lot of big plays on both sides of the ball.

“I feel we got a lot better today,” 49ers rookie cornerback Dontae Johnson said Sunday. “Just getting out there and getting our feet wet yesterday (Saturday), I’m glad it was just a practice, honestly.”

Johnson provided two of the highlights of practice near the end of the 2 ½-hour practice session. He made a decisive break on a Jacoby Jones in-route to break up Joe Flacco’s pass. On the next play, Johnson intercepted Flacco’s pass intended for Jones for a pick-six.

“I was playing my technique the way I was supposed to, and I saw an opportunity to make a play,” Johnson said. “I just went and made a play. I was playing assignment football and being where I was supposed to be at the right time.”

Another rookie cornerback, Kenneth Acker, got into the act on the next play. He broke up a Flacco pass intended for tight end Owen Daniels.

Here are some other highlights, notes and observations from the second day of 49ers-Ravens practices:

--Offensive lineman Adam Snyder sustained an apparent left knee injury. The 49ers are evaluating his condition, along with wide receiver Quinton Patton, who also left practice early. Patton’s condition was not immediately known. Linebacker Shayne Skov sustained an apparent left ankle sprain and did not return.

--Ravens defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore sustained an Achilles injury that is expected to end his season. Both teams dropped to their knees and some players prayed as the Baltimore medical staff examined him. Lewis-Moore was in extreme pain as he was carted off the field.

--Running back LaMichael James (dislocated right elbow) did not practice, but he did catch passes and took some handoffs while carrying the ball in his right arm. James should be ready for the opening of the regular season – if not sooner.

--Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd ran some routes during individual drills but did not take part in practice. He has missed more than a week with a hamstring strain.

[MAIOCCO: 49ers expect injured receivers to return soon]

--Colin Kaepernick got off to a strong practice start with four touchdowns within a five-play period during 7-on-7 drills. His touchdown passes were to Stevie Johnson, Anquan Boldin, Bruce Miller and Devon Wylie.

--Kaepernick opened an 11-on-11 red-zone drill with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Boldin over safety Darian Stewart. Kaepernick later hit Boldin over the top of linebacker Josh Bynes on what would’ve been a 70-yard touchdown.

--Kaepernick’s only interception of the day came when Jimmy Smith picked off his pass intended for Boldin.

--During 7-on-7s, Aldon Smith made a remarkable play to range 20 yards down the field to break up quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s pass intended for wide receiver Mike Willie. Smith has looked outstanding during one-on-one pass-rush drills.

--Safety Jimmie Ward also made a nice play to break up a Flacco pass for Steve Smith during 7-on-7 work.

--Linebacker Patrick Willis was banged up when he ran into a teammate. Willis said the injury was nothing with which to be concerned.

--Cornerback Darryl Morris gave up the only deep pass on which the Ravens connected, as Taylor hit Jace Davis on a connection 40 yards down the field. But Morris also made a couple of outstanding defensive plays. He broke up a Taylor pass for Jeremy Butler, then picked off Flacco’s deep pass for Butler.

--During a drill in which the offense took over deep in their own territory, quarterback Josh Johnson used play-action and found Vernon Davis for what would have been a 99-yard touchdown against the coverage of safety Matt Elam.

--Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert badly overthrew Derek Carrier in the end zone on first down. But Jewel Hampton bounced the next play outside to score on a 5-yard run. Gabbert completed just 8 of 15 pass attempts.

--San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on cornerback Chris Culliver: “I think they called him for one pass interference, which looked like a very questionable call. But we’ll live and learn with that thing. But I thought he practiced well, overall.”

--The backups took part in some live goal line situations. Linebacker Chris Borland was especially impressive with a couple of tackles at the line of scrimmage, including a third-down play, in which he upended running back running back Fitzgerald Toussaint.

--New 49ers running back Glenn Winston had consecutive 2-yard gains before getting drilled by linebacker Albert McClellan over the top on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

--Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro scored on a first-and-goal situation from the 5, and he slipped through a hole in the middle of the 49ers’ defense and avoided Tank Carradine at the goal line.

--Linebacker Nick Moody made a good play in coverage and nearly picked off Taylor’s pass lofted for running back Ray Rice.

Participation report
Daily transactions: None.
Did not practice: TE Vance McDonald (NA), DL Lawrence Okoye (ankle), WR Michael Crabtree (hamstring), WR Brandon Lloyd (hamstring), RB LaMichael James (dislocated elbow), RB Kendall Hunter (torn right ACL), CB Tramaine Brock (ankle), DL Justin Smith (offseason shoulder surgery), DL Ray McDonald (leg), RT Anthony Davis (offseason shoulder surgery).
Physically unable to perform: LB NaVorro Bowman (knee), NT Ian Williams (lower leg), TE Garrett Celek (back), DL Kaleb Ramsey (NA).
Non-football injury: RB Marcus Lattimore (knee/hamstring), FB Trey Millard (knee), CB Keith Reaser (knee) and G Brandon Thomas (knee).
Reserve/did not report: RG Alex Boone (contract holdout).

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