Practice summary: The read option takes up a portion of the 49ers' offensive playbook, just as it did a year ago. But, unlike last year, the 49ers' defense believes it has something to gain from facing those plays in practices.
The read option had its usual place on the practice field Friday during Day 2 of training camp. Both the offense and defense both feel like it has plenty to gain from those plays during training camp.
"Last year when our offense would work on that during training camp, we wouldn't work against them," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "We would split it up and we'd take our first-team defense on another field and work on more conventional offenses because we didn't think last year at this time the only time we thought we'd see if would be from (Tim) Tebow in the game against the Jets.
"We didn't waste our time working on it from our own offense with our first team."
With the Seattle Seahawks on the schedule twice and a date against Washington looming in late-November, the 49ers are getting some time to prepare to face Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin.
And they have an advantage of working against one of the masters of the read option: quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Said Fangio, "It does help having an offense that can run it, and they know how to run it. Not running it off of the scout card."
The 49ers' practice was unspectacular, though one-on-one drills opened with receiver Anquan Boldin making a nice one-handed catch down the field on a Scott Tolzien pass against the coverage of Carlos Rogers.
Tight end Garrett Celek dropped a couple passes, but came back with two receptions. A.J. Jenkins had a quiet day until the last two periods when he caught two short passes.
The 49ers did some fourth-down situational work at the end of practice. That session got off to a rough start when Ahmad Brooks jumped offside on a fourth-and-5 situation.
One of the better defensive plays was turned in by fullback Bruce Miller, who broke up a would-be interception by outside linebacker Cam Johnson on a pass from Kaepernick.
Offensive play of the day: Toward the end of practice, the 49ers practiced a situational drill of fourth-and-5 from the 20-yard line. The session was highlighted by Colt McCoy's lob into the end zone in which wide receiver Marlon Moore made a leaping touchdown catch over Perrish Cox.
Defensive play of the day: Kaepernick tried to fit in a deep pass to A.J. Jenkins along the sideline in which left cornerback Chris Culliver had very good coverage. Safety C.J. Spillman ranged over and broke the ball up. Culliver did not seem all that grateful for the safety help, though, as he thought he could've made the interception if Spillman had not made a play on the ball.
Rookie report: WR Quinton Patton continued to wear a blue no-contact jersey. What's his ailment? Patton clearly is not in a position to reveal much. "A little maintenance," he said. "You'll have to ask Coach Harbaugh." Patton saw limited reps and did not make any receptions during team drills. . . Safety Eric Reid and linebacker Nick Moody on separate plays gave up passes down the field to tight end Vernon Davis. . . B.J. Daniels continued to do a lot of everything. One day after handling punts, he fielded kickoffs, took handoffs and running back, caught passes from a wideout spot and also played a few snaps at quarterback. . . Vance McDonald did not see a lot of action come his way until he made one nice catch from Daniels and caught a deep corner route from McCoy late in practice.
Eye on reps: Veteran offensive lineman Adam Snyder, who has returned to the team after a year with the Arizona Cardinals, continues to show his versatility. On Friday, he received a significant number of reps at center.
Roster moves: The 49ers activated DT Lamar Divens from the non-football injury list.
On the sideline: 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've heard that from a lot of people that I can seem unwelcoming or not warm at times. But I guess that's just who I am. It's not that I'm a mean person or whatever, but if I'm playing football I'm focused in on doing that. I don't see the need to chit-chat. If you catch me in the right position, I will talk to you. Out here, for me, it's business. . . I hear it from everybody. I even hear it from my mom."
--49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin