49ers Camp Report: Day 3
July, 26, 2014
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the San Francisco 49ers training camp:
- The 49ers practiced Saturday in full pads for the first time in camp. It was a crisp, good practice, although it wasn’t overly physical. Yet, that is by design. The 49ers lost running back Kendall Hunter for the year to a torn ACL in a non-contact drill Friday.
- Raw defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, who has no previous football experience, crushed Jonathan Martin in a drill. But Okoye, who is both huge and supremely athletic, showed how green he is in other drills. He’s a promising work in progress.
- Receiver Michael Crabtree looks great. Hard to believe he had a torn Achilles last season.
- Fellow receiver Stevie Johnson continues to make big plays.
- Tramaine Brock is the 49ers’ top cornerback and he looks very confident and smooth. Can you believe this guy was just a special teams player a year ago?
- Rookie running back Carlos Hyde looked very explosive in pads.
- First-round pick, defensive back Jimmie Ward, had a reputation at North Illinois as a ballhawk. I know why. He gets his hands on everything.
- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a very nice day. Accurate, crisp, in command.
- The 49ers’ five quarterbacks did a drill in which they tried to hit inside a net from about 40 yards. Undrafted rookie Kory Faulkner got the closest. Harbaugh, an ex-NFL quarterback, even gave it a whirl. He missed.
- Cornerback Chris Culliver said he is feeling great in his comeback from a torn ACL he suffered in training camp last year. He is a favorite to win a starting cornerback job. He was previously a nickel cornerback. He said it is an adjustment playing on both passing and running downs. Culliver is facing charges from a March hit-and-run arrest. He said Saturday he cannot speak about it because the case is pending, but he said he is focusing on the football field.
- Fullback Bruce Miller said venerable running back Frank Gore looks to be in midseason shape. Gore is 31. General manager Trent Baalke agreed, “Father Time is having a hard time catching up to him.”