The 49ers had an uneven offensive effort at Saturday’s “Fan Fest” practice, the final in the proud history of Candlestick Park.
Jim Harbaugh wasn’t thrilled with the production of his offensive unit, a group that was without the services of left tackle Joe Staley. Veteran lineman Adam Snyder lined up in his place with the first-team offense. The 49ers coach said the Pro Bowl tackle was left back at the team’s headquarters to rehab something he was "working through" along with other dinged up members of the team. Tarell Brown was also one of those players. Nnamdi Asomugha lined up in his place at right cornerback.
Elsewhere for the offense, Jonathan Goodwin returned to action at center, ditching the non-contact jersey he’d been wearing the past week. Despite the addition of the offense’s starting center, the day featured fumbled snaps and false-start penalties from the first and second units.
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Harbaugh wasn’t too pleased.
“Wherever you practice, what you want is a good practice,” he said. “It was definitely a raggedy practice offensively. I’m not pleased about that… There’s no justification for it. We’ll see if we can bounce back tomorrow.”
The practice did provide “oohs and aahs” from the fans in attendance. Colin Kaepernick completed several red zone touchdown passes to his top targets, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis.
The starting quarterback recognized the support of the fans after the near three-hour session.
“Always great to be out in front of the fans,” he said. “They come out and show their support, always good to have them out here.”
Kaepernick also gave praise to a fellow 2011 draft class member, running back Kendall Hunter, who joined the team for his first training camp practice after being activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.
“Happy to have him back, he’s a great player,” Kaepernick said.
Hunter only participated in individual drills, and lined up in the backfield for team periods at the end of the practice, but did not take any carries. He wasn’t the only player who was limited in 7-on-7 and team periods. Rookie tight end Vance McDonald did not partake in the periods. First-round pick Eric Reid appeared to be hampered with an injury early in practice. The rookie free safety returned to action a short while after, but was unable to finish the day in team periods.
Harbaugh said he was unaware of Reid being injured.
Fan Fest Notes
-Colt McCoy wore a non-contact jersey at practice. Harbaugh indicated McCoy’s shoulder injury from the preseason opener was not severe and that he would be back to full-strength for Sunday’s practice.
-Harbaugh said rookie B.J. Daniels would get playing time at quarterback in the next preseason game against Kansas City.
-Rookie linebacker Nick Moody was back at practice after being nicked in the preseason opening loss to Denver. Harbaugh said the 49ers “dodged a bullet” and that the sixth-round pick was not injured.
-New wide receivers Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins have impressed Harbaugh with their effort in camp. Hawkins was seemingly one of the most productive receivers on the day. He caught several passes from Scott Tolzien to close out the afternoon session.
-Members of Will Tukuafu’s family sang the National Anthem. Five children all did a great job singing in unison.
-Quinton Patton continued to wear a non-contact jersey, but caught more passes than usual. It appeared as though his fingers weren’t padded as much, which allowed the fourth-round pick to catch balls early in practice. During a one-on-one drill, Patton beat Michael Thomas for a 40-yard touchdown catch down the left sideline.
-Chad Hall provided the crowd-pleasing moment of the day when he caught a punt and landed a back-flip immediately afterwards.
-LaMichael James and A.J. Jenkins provided more crowd-pleasing catches in the first team period. James beat Michael Wilhoite on a wheel route for a 30-yard reception from Kaepernick. Shortly after, Jenkins ran a skinny post and hauled in a finger-tip reception in traffic.
-Carlos Rogers intercepted Kaepernick in a red zone 7-on-7 period. Kaepernick tried to loft a touch pass to Boldin, but put too much air under it and the veteran cornerback made the reception in the back of the end zone. Kaepernick was later intercepted again on a dropped pass from Jenkins that was tipped into the air and into the arms of safety Darcel McBath.
-Craig Dahl and Donte Whitner were the first-team safeties. C.J. Spillman and Trenton Robinson lined up with the second-team for most of the day. Reid saw limited in action.