Harbaugh: Long list of great leaders in practice
"I mean, every day he's outstanding." -- Jim Harbaugh on Vernon Davis (AP)
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Practice summary: The opening of practice Monday was simply a carryover from the team's workout on Sunday.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick drove in a deep seam route to tight end Vernon Davis against the coverage of linebacker Nick Moody and safety Donte Whitner on the first play of team drills. And wide receiver A.J. Jenkins had another quiet day during the 14th practice of training camp.
"Colin has come a long way. Last year, when he first got the starting job, we'd be back at practice and he'd just keep overthrowing me," said Davis said, who caught a team-high seven passes during 11-on-11 work. "I'd be running as fast as I possibly could, and Colin just kept overthrowing me.
"Now, we get out there and it's like night and day. He's putting balls right there. Man, he's come a long way. I'm very impressed with Colin right now."
Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette had one of his better days, too. Although Lockette's most notable reception during practice probably would've resulted in an offensive pass-interference penalty.
Rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper was running stride-for-stride with Lockette down the right sideline. Quarterback B.J. Daniels lofted a pass 35 yards down the field. As Lockette began to jump for the ball, he shoved Cooper from behind. Cooper went sprawling to the ground as Lockette made the leaping catch.
On the very next play, Cooper got a measure of revenge when he broke up a pass for Lockette on a play that might've drawn a defensive penalty.
In all, nine wide receivers caught passes in team drills, including rookie Quinton Patton, who made two one-handed receptions. Seventeen different players caught a total of 46 receptions during the 11-on-11 portions of practice.
The only receivers who did not catch passes were Lavelle Hawkins and A.J. Jenkins. Hawkins had a reception for the scout-team offense in a 7-on-7 drill. Jenkins, who appeared to take fewer reps than he did during the first two weeks of practices, did not catch a pass on the day. He caught only one pass in Sunday's practice.
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Jenkins was targeted once in 7-on-7 in the red zone, but cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who was all over Jenkins, broke up the pass in the back of the end zone. Rookie cornerback Darryl Morris defended two deep Kaepernick passes to Jenkins. One pass was overthrown, and Morris broke up a deep post as Jenkins reached up for the ball.
Offensive play of the day: WR Marlon Moore ran a go-route against good coverage from rookie CB Marcus Cooper along the right sideline. Kaepernick drilled a back-shoulder throw 40 yards down the field that prompted Moore to stop his route and make the catch at the sideline.
Defensive play of the day: Safety Michael Thomas had Davis covered on the right side, taking away Kaepernick's first read. Kaepernick then came back across the field toward WR Kyle Williams. Cooper had the play read perfectly and cut underneath Williams for the interception.
Worth noting: CB Tarell Brown returned to the practice field and saw a lot of action at nickel back with Carlos Rogers sidelined. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said last week he planned to get Brown some action against the slot receiver. Brown had a good day with two passes broken up and two interceptions of rookie QB B.J. Daniels. . . . Donte Whitner intercepted Daniels during 7-on-7, and Perrish Cox also picked off Daniels during team drills. . . DL Lawrence Okoye batted down a Colt McCoy pass early in practice. Then, he got good penetration on a pass-rush, prompting left tackle Carter Bykowski to hold him. . . . LB Nate Stupar had a good day in coverage with three passes defensed, including one breakup of a Scott Tolzien pass intended for Vernon Davis. . . LT Adam Snyder, filling in for Joe Staley, surrendered sacks to DL Justin Smith and OLB Ahmad Brooks during one four-play sequence. . . Ray McDonald had a sack while working against RG Alex Boone. . . . WR Austin Collie caught two passes and reacted in frustration when he failed to hold onto a Daniels pass at the sideline late in practice. . . OLBs Corey Lemonier and Cam Johnson got great pressure on back-to-back plays against OL Kenny Wiggins and Patrick Omameh. . . C Daniel Kilgore demonstrated his ability to get to the second level with a crushing block of ILB Travis Johnson on a Frank Gore run play.
Hit of the day: RB Anthony Dixon couldn't contain himself as he blasted through into the 49ers secondary late in practice. As Trenton Robinson approached him, Dixon lowered his shoulder and leveled the second-year safety. The 49ers do not tackle during practices, and they want their players to remain on their feet. Harbaugh had some pointed words for Dixon on his way back to the huddle.
New injuries: CB Carlos Rogers warmed up with the team but did not take part in any drills.
Returning from injuries: CB Tarell Brown, CB Tramaine Brock.
Still sidelined: TE Vance McDonald (undisclosed), LT Joe Staley (undisclosed), RB Jewel Hampton (hamstring), S Bubba Ventrone (hamstring), CB Chris Culliver (torn left ACL), LB Patrick Willis (broken right hand). Harbaugh said he expects McDonald to be out 7-to-10 days and miss the 49ers' exhibition game Friday night. McDonald was seen working out in the team's weight room.
Physically unable to perform list: WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles) and WR Mario Manningham (knee).
Non-football injury list: RB Marcus Lattimore (knee), DE Tank Carradine (knee), DT Quinton Dial (toe) and OT Luke Marquardt (foot)
Non-football injury/illness list: CB Eric Wright (undisclosed).
Quote of the day: "He (Ian Williams) is taking off and excelling at that position. And Glenn (Dorsey) is doing the same thing. So there's a lot of competition going on at the nose position. Patrick (Willis) and I are excited about it because we believe both of them can play."
--49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman