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Reid, McDonald Compete on Day 2

Posted May 11, 2013

Vance McDonald and Eric Reid's matchups stole the show at rookie minicamp.

The San Francisco 49ers rookie minicamp had Colin Kaepernick and Anthony Davis in attendance on Saturday.

The starting quarterback came out to support his rookie teammates and take a look at some of his new receiving targets. Davis, on the other hand, was out for the second day in a row to watch his older brother, Andre, tryout for the team.

The elder Davis lined up as an offensive tackle for parts of the day, but he also took reps at tight end. In fact, Davis wasn’t aware of the position change until practice began. During individual work, Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman took Davis aside and began working on simple routes, stance and alignment. Harbaugh even threw Davis a few passes to get him warmed up.

It was a noticeable sight to begin practice, but San Francisco’s second-round pick made the biggest impression on day two of rookie camp.

Vance McDonald, the 6-foot-4, 262-pound tight end, caught several passes on the day. He also excelled in competitive situations against first-round pick Eric Reid.

When the two draft picks square off in one-one-one drills, Reid, the LSU safety, won the first matchup by breaking up a quick pass over the middle.

McDonald responded by winning the next two battles. First, he broke off an out-route with a quick step to the outside that left Reid off-balanced.

Reid was in good position for the third matchup, but McDonald was able to use his longer legs to gain separation on a deep corner route. Nate Montana supplied a perfectly thrown deep ball on the pattern and McDonald hauled in an over-the-shoulder reception.

Saturday’s practice signaled the start of many competitive battles between the 49ers newcomers for years to come.

Saturday Practice Notes

Seventh-round cornerback Marcus Cooper did a solid job in his coverage duties. He always matched up with fourth-round pick Quinton Patton in one-on-one periods and didn’t allow any deep passes on the day. During a 7-on-7 drill, Cooper broke up a post pattern intended for undrafted wideout Chuck Jacobs.

Linebacker Nate Stupar, who signed with the 49ers practice squad late in 2012, intercepted Montana during the same 7-on-7 period when a check-down pass bounced off Boise State running back Damon Harper’s hands.

Catch of the day honors went to North Texas tight end Andrew Power who made a diving catch on a ball thrown to the left side of the field by B.J. Daniels.

Daniels’ best pass of the day came in the later stages of practice. The seventh-round pick connected on a deep-out route to Patton, who quickly got both feet inbounds to make the reception.


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