The San Francisco 49ers held their first ever practice at Levi's® Stadium. The defense showed up in a major way for the 10th session of training camp.
Veteran cornerback Chris Cook recorded two of the defense's five interceptions on a sunny Santa Clara day. An estimated 10,000 fans showed up on Monday and saw the new 49ers cornerback steal two downfield passes along the left sideline.
Cook first intercepted a Josh Johnson throw intended for wide receiver Devon Wylie. Shortly after, Cook victimized backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert's 40-yard pass intended for wide receiver Chuck Jacobs. Cook nearly intercepted a third pass in the closing minutes of practice.
Cook has vowed to work on his ball skills this offseason. The dedication is paying off. The former Minnesota Vikings cornerback has yet to intercept a pass in the NFL and he spent all offseason working on his hands.
Cook lined up with the first-team defense at right cornerback and recorded his second and third interceptions of camp. Chris Culliver, who has been at that position for most of camp, did not participate in practice. Jim Harbaugh said Culliver was working through a minor injury.
Offensive Play of the Day
Pick any of Quinton Patton's dozen or so catches.
The second-year receiver continued to "stack" another good practice on top of his previous efforts, according to Harbaugh. Patton caught 10-or-more passes with Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd out of action with minor leg injuries. On one occasion, Patton ran a deep crossing route and made a tremendous grab on a pass that was thrown slightly behind his body.
The highlight of Patton's day was seeing the young receiver run every ball into the end zone. It didn't matter if it was from 20 yards out or from 60-plus yards out, Patton was running the ball into the end zone. Patton said he picked up the tip from Anquan Boldin. But you know who did that first? 49ers fans know the answer.
It was Jerry Rice. The G.O.A.T.
Defensive Play of the Day
Cook had a lot of competition in this category. Perrish Cox, the other first-team starting cornerback, narrowly edged out Cook to take home the honor.
Cox intercepted Colin Kaepernick in the back right corner of the end zone on a fade pass intended for wide receiver David Reed. Cox out-jumped Reed and maintained possesion as he fell to the ground.
Other candidates included second-year cornerback Darryl Morris pulling down a deep ball intended for Kassim Osgood down the left sideline. Rookie linebacker Chris Borland also came up with an interception on a Gabbert pass that was deflected twice, first by Craig Dahl and second by C.J. Spillman.
Borland jumped a route intended for wide receiver Stevie Johnson, but the rookie wasn't able to make the interception. He made up for it later in practice.
New 49ers wideout L'Damian Washington was not at practice.
Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey's return to the field is not known. Harbaugh said the 49ers await news on how Dorsey's biceps surgery went and the team will go from there. Harbaugh said the 49ers have good depth at nose tackle with Tony Jerod-Eddie, Quinton Dial and Mike Purcell.
Defensive tackle Justin Smith (shoulder), offensive tackle Anthony Davis (shoulder) and defensive tackle Ray McDonald (leg) did not practice.
Rookie running back Carlos Hyde nicked a fingernail during a kick return drill, but the second-round pick later returned to practice.
Members of the PUP (physically unable to perform) list did not practice. The group includes linebacker NaVorro Bowman (knee), tight end Garrett Celek (back), nose tackle Ian Williams (leg) and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey.
NFI list members also were not practicing. The group included Lattimore (hamstring, knee), fullback Trey Millard (knee), cornerback Keith Reaser (knee) and guard Brandon Thomas (knee).
-Kaepernick, Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis and Frank Gore all received loud roars from the crowd when they were shown on the video boards.
-Instant replay after every play was a treat, especially for writers looking to find out the intended receiver on various plays.
-Willis dropped an interception in the opening team period. Eric Reid broke up a pass intended for rookie receiver Bruce Ellington.
-San Francisco worked on many situational drills, including scout-team periods that saw offensive and defensive looks from the Baltimore Ravens.
-Rookie center Marcus Martin saw action with the second-team during 11-on-11 work. Undrafted rookie Dillon Farrell played saw action at center and at right tackle.
-Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks had a field day rushing against the second-team offensive line. Brooks beat Farrell on one occasion and stripped quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson.