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Kaepernick, Davis Provide Highlight TD

Posted Jul 30, 2013

Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis teamed up for the play of training camp so far.

It was a relatively slow day for the offense at Tuesday’s 49ers camp session.

The group completed several short intermediate passes, but there weren’t many eye-popping deep balls for the better share of the padded practice.

Just when it seemed like San Francisco's defense had won the day, the offense got even.

Colin Kaepernick completed a 35-yard deep corner route to new wideout Anquan Boldin and followed it up on the next play by threading a 25-yard deep crossing route to Chad Hall.


Kaepernick kept the momentum going with a remarkable 50-yard touchdown pass that left an All-Pro defensive counterpart thoroughly impressed.

Vernon Davis lined up in the left slot and was covered by Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis. C.J. Spillman, who once again took first-team reps at free safety, shadowed Davis over the top.

The two-man coverage didn’t matter. Not when Kaepernick and Davis unleashed their unique athletic talents on the very same play.

Davis crossed the left hashmarks and into the middle of the field and still was able to run towards the right hashmarks 40-something yards down the field to make an over-the-shoulder grab on the perfectly thrown deep ball.

Willis, like many onlookers, was in complete awe when he saw the trajectory of Kaepernick’s pass.

“When Kap threw the ball and Vernon was able to turn on another gear and go get it on the other side of the field, I’m just like, ‘C’mon that’s not even fair,’” Willis said afterwards.

Willis didn’t want to allow such a deep passing play, let alone any completion to the opposition, but realized that the aerial connection was a great sign for the 49ers offense.


“It’s good when you see stuff like that, even though as a defense you don’t want a deep ball to be caught on you," Willis said. "It was one of those plays where you say, ‘that was a heck of a throw and catch.'”

Kaepernick was fired up about the play, too. The 49ers quarterback ran over to Davis and patted him on the helmet for his part in the best play of camp so far.

Training Camp Notes

-Jonathan Goodwin and NaVorro Bowman did not practice. Bowman’s injury appears to nothing severe. “He’s fine,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said.

-Daniel Kilgore spent most of the time at center with the first-team offense. Adam Snyder also took first-team reps at center for one period of practice. Second-year linebacker Michael Wilhoite lined up next to Willis in place of Bowman.

-A.J. Jenkins and Kassim Osgood both appeared to get injured at practice. Both walked off the field mid-practice and did not return to action.

-Scott Tolzien had an impressive showing. The third-year quarterback completed a number of passes on the day, several went to Boldin.

-Speaking of quarterbacks, the group had a unique drill to start the day. All four passers worked on throwing over a nine-foot screen that replicated the presence of an out-stretched defensive end. Coach Jim Harbaugh spent extra time observing the group and giving footwork pointers to Colt McCoy.

-During a two-minute drill period, Ahmad Brooks and Ray McDonald recorded sacks to stop the first-team offense’s drive. Michael Crabtree and Kyle Williams both walked on to the field to watch the two-minute period and then returned back to the weight room where they watched practice.

-B.J. Daniels caught a pair of passes in practice as a wide receiver. The second came on a perfected lofted pass from Kaepernick over outside linebacker Aldon Smith.

-Will Tukuafu recorded a sack of McCoy in a team period with nickel personnel.

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