SANTA CLARA –- Vance McDonald, who is in a fight for his spot as the 49ers’ No. 2 tight end, got off to a strong start during the 49ers’ non-padded practice on Thursday.
HOUSTON -– Linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s return to the playing field will not happen Saturday night in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Houston Texans.
SANTA CLARA -– Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers’ passing game had a strong day at training camp, as every position group got into the act on the practice field.
Editor's note: Matt Maiocco will conduct his weekly chat today at 12 p.m.
SANTA CLARA – Tight end Vernon Davis took part fully in the 49ers’ offseason program a year after his failed and, admittedly, ill-conceived attempt to leverage for a new contract in 2014.