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Davis Goes Deep at 49ers OTAs

Posted Jun 4, 2013

Vernon Davis hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Colt McCoy during 49ers OTAs.

There were a couple of new faces at Tuesday’s Organized Team Activity at 49ers headquarters, but the most eye-catching play was turned in from one of the tenured veterans.

Vernon Davis hauled in an impressive 40-yard touchdown pass from Colt McCoy. The athletic tight end ran by a pair of defenders on a deep corner route to haul in the lofted deep ball in stride to highlight one of the final team periods of the day.

In fact, the deep passing play was the standout play of the day. The defensive standouts included rookie cornerbacks Marcus Cooper and Lowell Rose, who each recorded interceptions against Colin Kaepernick and McCoy, respectively.

Cooper, a seventh-round pick out of Rutgers, undercut a deep sideline route intended for rookie wide receiver Quinton Patton during a 7-on-7 period. Rose intercepted McCoy in a backed up against the goal line, team period.

Despite the interception, McCoy’s progress was noticeable at the OTA session. The fourth-year pro is learning his fourth offensive system in the NFL, but has made a strong early impression with noticeable chunk plays like the deep ball to San Francisco’s starting tight end.

“I’m learning,” McCoy said after the two-hour session open to the media. “If there’s anything my focus is on right now, it’s to learn the system.”

Jim Harbaugh complimented his top two quarterbacks, Kaepernick and McCoy. The 49ers coach said Kaepernick has been improving in two-minute drill scenarios and that McCoy continues to pick up Greg Roman's offensive system.

The 49ers coach also praised his entire team for their efforts in OTAs.

“I sense they’re very eager,” Harbaugh said of his club. “It’s progressing well.”

Harbaugh began the practice conversing with the team’s newly hired senior offensive consultant, Eric Mangini, a respected former head coach with 15 years of NFL coaching experience.

“I feel like we added a really talented, knowledgeable coach,” Harbaugh said.

Mangini observed the offensive position groups throughout practice. He began by watching wide receivers and then moved over to the quarterbacks and running backs where he struck up a mini conversation with McCoy, his former quarterback with the Cleveland Browns.

In addition to Mangini, the 49ers had other new faces at practice: wide receiver Kassim Osgood and safety Raymond Ventrone. Both join the 49ers as well-known special teams contributors.

Ventrone joined the first-team kick-off unit at practice. The other members of the kick-off group were Tramaine Brock, Bruce Miller, Dan Skuta, C.J. Spillman, Demarcus Dobbs, Anthony Dixon, Perrish Cox, Darcel McBath, Michael Wilhoite and kicker, Phil Dawson.

The second-team kick-off group featured: Rose, Eric Reid, Cam Johnson, Marlon Moore, Nick Moody, Darius Fleming, Trenton Robinson, Corey Lemonier, Marcus Cooper and Craig Dahl.

Harbaugh sounded pleased with the added depth to the special teams units, too.

“The guys are the punt and kick-off team show great desire to be elite,” the 49ers coach said. “They have a chance to be elite.”

More Notes From OTAs

-Ventrone wore No. 41 and Osgood wore No. 13 at practice.

-Kendall Hunter was cutting aggressively at full speed on an adjacent practice field. His rehab looks like it continues to be on track for a full return in 2013.

-Davis was catching passes behind a black medal bar during special teams period. The bar, connected to a blocking sled used by the linebackers, allowed Davis to replicate catching passes over a defenders arm. Tight ends coach Reggie Davis launched passes high and low to the 49ers tight end.

-Dahl recorded a pass breakup on a McCoy pass intended for rookie tight end Vance McDonald during 7-on-7 work.

-Chad Hall was stripped by McBath on a crossing route during team period. Safety Michael Thomas scooped the ball and scored a would-be 15-yard touchdown.

-McCoy lasered a deep go route to tight end Garrett Celek during the same team period. Lemonier had tight coverage, but the throw was perfectly placed.

-Kaepernick rifled in a skinny post to A.J. Jenkins during the team period. The second-year wideout snatched the high ball out of the air to pick up a first down.

-McCoy found undrafted wideout Chuck Jacobs on a deep sideline route in the final team period.


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