Camp report: Kaepernick-to-Davis connection heats up

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Camp report: Kaepernick-to-Davis connection heats up
August 11, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Vernon Davis caught three deep balls and two intermediate passes from Colin Kaepernick during Sunday's practice. (AP)

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Practice summary: One day after slogging their way through a less-than-stellar practice, the 49ers' offense bounced back with strong showing Sunday on the 49ers' practice field in Santa Clara.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and tight end Vernon Davis had an exceptional showing against the 49ers' first-team and reserve defenses.

Kaepernick found Davis three times on deep seam routes, beating the coverages of Travis Johnson/Michael Thomas, Carlos Rogers/Craig Dahl and Michael Wilhoite/Donte Whitner. The pair also hooked up on two other intermediate passes. The only blemish was one Davis dropped pass during an 11-on-11 session. Davis lined up solely at tight end during the practice.

Davis was not the only tight end to see a lot of action from the quarterback on Sunday. Tight end Garrett Celek, taking advantage of the extra practice time with rookie Vance McDonald rehabbing an undisclosed injury, latched onto five catches during the practice session. Celek's best play was a finger-tip catch 25 yards down the field against linebacker Nick Moody.

Wide receiver Austin Collie had his best day of practice with five receptions, including two touchdowns during a red-zone period. Collie's touchdown catches came on aerials from veteran quarterback Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien. McCoy returned to full practice after sustaining a stinger to his right neck/shoulder area. He lined up with the No. 2 defense.

Offensive play of the day: Yes, there were several Kaepernick-to-Davis passes that warrant consideration. But the best play of the day belongs to RB Frank Gore. During a red-zone period, Kaepernick rolled to his right and fired a dart to Gore along the sideline in the end zone. With LB NaVorro Bowman in coverage, Gore made a full-out diving attempt to haul in the 4-yard touchdown pass.

Defensive play of the day: Bowman had a good view of the offensive play of the day. And he had a starring role in the defensive play. Tolzien looked for WR Kassim Osgood on a short slant. Osgood had position on CB Nnamdi Asomugha to make the play, but Bowman read the play perfectly and darted in front of Osgood for the interception what what would've been a pick-six.

Worth noting: CB Tramaine Brock (undisclosed) was in uniform and on the practice field, but for the second consecutive day, he did not get any reps during team drills. . . WR Chad Hall caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kaepernick as he ran the back line of the end zone against coverage from safeties Dahl and C.J. Spillman. . . WR A.J. Jenkins did not get as many reps as in previous days. And he did not even see a pass come his way in 7-on-7 or in team drills until the 49ers' fifth play before the end of practice. He caught a short McCoy pass along the sideline to avoid getting blanked on the day.

Rookie report: FS Eric Reid was back at practice after sitting out the later portion of Saturday's practice. He saw a lot of action with Whitner and the first team. . . CB Darryl Morris had a very strong day. He ran stride-for-stride with WR Marlon Moore to break up a Kaepernick pass 40 yards down the field. Morris intercepted a B.J. Daniels pass, and broke up a Tolzien pass for Ricardo Lockette. . . WR Quinton Patton (left index finger) remained off-limits for passes. . . TE MarQueis Gray caught two passes from Daniels in 7-on-7 drills, but had no receptions during the full team period.

Roll call
New injuries: TE Vance McDonald (undisclosed), CB Tramaine Brock (undisclosed).
Returning from injuries: QB Colt McCoy (neck).
Still sidelined: CB Tarell Brown (right leg), LT Joe Staley (undisclosed), RB Jewel Hampton (hamstring), S Bubba Ventrone (hamstring), CB Chris Culliver (torn left ACL), LB Patrick Willis (broken right hand).
Physically unable to perform list: WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles) and WR Mario Manningham (knee).
Non-football injury/illness list: CB Eric Wright (undisclosed), RB Marcus Lattimore (knee), DE Tank Carradine (knee), DT Quinton Dial (toe) and OT Luke Marquardt (foot)

Quote of the day: "He's 6 foot 6. I'm tall in London. He walks down the street and he's the guy. He's been accepted to Oxford Law. He puts that on hold and he comes to do this? And he's at the bottom of the totem pole? He's the very last guy (on the roster. He went from the absolute pinnacle. To me, that takes a whole lot of guts. Or there's something real wrong with him."
--49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula on British Olympian-turned-football player Lawrence Okoye

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