The 49ers saw receiver after receiver make impressive catches in the final open day of training camp.
It seemed like just about every wideout made an eye-catching play in the pad-less practice held Wednesday evening, two days before the team’s road preseason matchup in Kansas City.
Perhaps the best one took place in the most competitive period of the day.
With the second-team offense and first-team defense competing in a move-the-ball period, Chad Hall displayed impeccable concentration to make a juggling touchdown catch behind Pro Bowl safety Donte Whitner.
Colt McCoy drove the offense 51 yards in less than two minutes to complete the 9-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game-like scenario. The offense trailed 24-20 before the drive and left the field with a 26-24 victory.
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Whitner argued that Hall stepped out of bounds along the back line of the end zone before cradling in McCoy’s pass. Despite his passionate plea, the offensive players on the sideline erupted with joy when they saw Hall’s timely catch.
An equipment staff member, posing as a referee for the drill, signaled it was a touchdown.
The clutch reception would not have happened if not for another key play, a 21-yard jump ball grab from second-year wideout A.J. Jenkins over starting cornerback Tarell Brown.
With the offense needing a big chunk play to get down the field, the former first-round pick got down the field and out-jumped Brown to move the offense down from the 40-yard line to the 19.
A few downs later, Hall made the game-winning play.
Training Camp Notes
-Left tackle Joe Staley returned to practice. Jim Harbaugh said he would probably not make the trip to Kansas City, but the Pro Bowler’s presence on the field could change that. Safety Raymond Ventrone and tight end Vance McDonald remained out of action.
-Eric Reid lined up again with the first-team defense for a third day. It’s not known if he’ll start against the Chiefs, but the first-round pick continues to run with the starters. Reid broke up a pass intended for Austin Collie.
-Tight ends Garrett Celek and MarQueis Gray continued to haul in every pass thrown their way. Both have made the most of added reps with McDonald sidelined.
-Marlon Moore provided a one-handed catch on a Colin Kaepernick out pattern during a red zone team period against the scout-team defense. Moore snatched the ball with his left hand and quickly brought it into his body.
-Michael Crabtree came out to watch most of the camp session from the field. Typically he’s been watching the workouts from the team’s weight room, but the injured wideout was out with the players and spent a great deal of time speaking with Kyle Williams.
-Williams caught a back-shoulder fade from Kaepernick at the expense of rookie Marcus Cooper.
-Kaepernick completed his annual deep ball to Vernon Davis on a 30-yard wheel route against rookie Travis Johnson.
-B.J. Daniels took the most reps at quarterback. The rookie is expected to make his preseason debut in Kansas City. Daniels, however, was intercepted late in practice by C.J. Spillman.