49ers camp report: Hall picks up slack at WR spot

Three and Out: Jenkins struggling, Hall and Williams impressing

49ers camp report: Hall picks up slack at WR spot
July 30, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Chad Hall has an opportunity to fill in for Michael Crabtree and see significant playing time in 2013. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

"Anquan Boldin is definitely Kaepernick's go-to guy in training camp." -- Matt Maiocco (AP)

Editor's note: Training camp is underway. For all the latest news from Santa Clara, check out our 49ers training camp page.

Practice summary: The defense had a strong day of practice in the passing game with a lot of pressure on the quarterbacks and tight coverage on the outside.

Outside linebacker Aldon Smith disrupted a handful of offensive plays during 11-on-11 with would-be sacks. And even though no tackling is allowed, there were several times in which defensive backs brought 49ers receivers to the ground in the padded drills.

[RELATED: Healthy Aldon Smith cites factors for late-season slump]

When the quarterbacks had time to throw, Anquan Boldin and Chad Hall were on the receiving end of more than 10 receptions in team drills. Boldin and Hall have been the two most productive wide receivers in the 49ers' first week of training camp.

Boldin is definitely Kaepernick's go-to guy in training camp. His receptions Tuesday included a deep post against cornerback Lowell Rose and safety Eric Reid, as well as a pass that traveled 35 yards in the air over the coverage of safety C.J. Spillman.

Hall had several nice plays, including a deep out in which he created about five yards of separation against veteran cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to catch the Kaepernick pass at the sideline.

A.J. Jenkins, who has gotten off to a slow start in camp after a solid offseason program, watched most of practice from the side after appearing to sustain a hamstring strain. Kassim Osgood also was a spectator after the individual practice periods.

[RELATED: A.J. Jenkins sits out 49ers' Tuesday practice]

Daniel Kilgore and Adam Snyder filled in at center for Jonathan Goodwin, who was not on the field. (No reason was given for his absence.) And linebacker Michael Wilhoite filled in for starter NaVorro Bowman. Wilhoite made a nice play in coverage to break up a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for B.J. Daniels. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Bowman is fine and will not miss much time.

 

Vernon watch: Recent national reports suggest tight end Vernon Davis has moved to wide receiver. That has not been the case at all. Davis took part in all the individual drills at tight end. Then -- as he usually does -- he ran a handful of routes with the wide receivers at the end of the individual period. Once the 49ers went into 7-on-7 and team drills, Davis lined up tight end with no snaps at wide receiver. He played one snap in the slot.

[RELATED: Where Davis fits among other 49ers pass-catchers]

 

Offensive play of the day: Davis showed the ability to get deep against the coverage of linebacker Patrick Willis and Spillman. Kaepernick lofted a pass approximately 50 yards down the field that Davis ran under and made a finger-tip catch. The two celebrated on a side field as the 49ers' second-team offense took over. "If any other quarterback throws that ball, you know they're going to try to beat you to the middle of the hash," Willis said. "He threw a ball on the middle of the other side of the field. That was a heck of a throw and catch."

 

Defensive play of the day: Reserve cornerback Tramaine Brock is having a nice camp, and he highlighted it with a strong play in coverage against speedster Marlon Moore. Brock, matched in man coverage against Moore, broke cleanly on an inside-breaking route to get a hand on the ball to bat away a Colt McCoy pass.

Rookie report: WR Quinton Patton was again off-limits for all passes. Patton is wearing a soft cast over his left index and middle fingers. . . LB Nick Moody has played well as he competes behind Willis and Bowman. He had good coverage over the middle on one early practice play but dropped an interception on a pass from Colt McCoy. . . . . . Daniels continues to see a little time at a lot of spots. He caught a nice pass from Kaepernick, who floated the pass in the right flat over Aldon Smith.

Roster moves: The 49ers placed ILB Darius Fleming on waived/injured with a torn ACL in his left knee. If Fleming clears waivers, as expected, he will revert back to the 49ers' injured reserve list. The 49ers signed LB Travis Johnson (San Jose State) to fill the vacated roster spot. Johnson was assigned No. 56, and was stationed at inside linebacker on Tuesday.

 

On the sideline: Bowman, Jenkins, Goodwin, Osgood and WR Kyle Williams (hamstring) did not practice. WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles), RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles), WR Mario Manningham (knee) are on the active PUP list. RB Marcus Lattimore (knee), DE Tank Carradine (knee), DT Quinton Dial (toe) and OT Luke Marquardt (foot) are on the active non-football injury list.

Quote of the day: "I don't have a good answer for you there. Trust me, he should've been drafted."
--49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on why NT Ian Williams did not get selected in the 2011 NFL draft.

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