On a competitive day at 49ers training camp, Eric Reid looked like he has grown more comfortable at free safety.
The No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft stepped up in a team period, literally, to record his first interception of camp. Reid saw third-year quarterback Scott Tolzien lock on to a receiver and he quickly darted towards the ball to make the impressive takeaway to the delight of his fellow defensive teammates.
Reid wasn’t the only safety gaining attention.
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C.J. Spillman lined up with the first-team defense at free safety. Craig Dahl, who lined up at free safety the first three days of camp, moved to second-team strong safety next to Reid.
Sunday’s session saw a few injuries scares as well. Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette caught several passes on the day, but appeared to injure his hip while planting to make a comeback route towards the sideline. Lockette jogged it off and returned to action soon after.
Darius Fleming also went down with what appeared to be a knee injury while covering kick-offs in the final special teams period of the session. Teammates and trainers immediately rushed over to the inside linebacker to be by his side. The team gave no official word on the severity of the injury that caused Fleming to miss the final 11-on-11 period of the day.
Wide receiver Quinton Patton wore a blue non-contact jersey once again. Jim Harbaugh said it was a precaution after the rookie jammed the middle finger on his left hand in the rookie camp before training camp. Kyle Williams also sat out of the practice after being hobbled from a deep touchdown reception in a 7-on-7 on Saturday.
The 49ers will get Monday off after four consecutive days of camp.
Training Camp Notes
-Harbaugh took time to run a few routes as a wide receiver during the individual period of practice. The 49ers coach caught every pass thrown his way. Harbaugh specialized in running crossing routes.
-Aldon Smith took time to share tips to second-year linebacker Cam Johnson during the individual period. Smith has been a willing mentor to young linebackers this offseason.
-There were plenty of thuds during one-on-one blitz pickup drills. Nick Moody had his way with quarterback, turned running back, B.J. Daniels. Moody knocked down Daniels twice.
-Vance McDonald did well in the blocking drill. The rookie tight end handled Michael Wilhoite and Corey Lemonier’s pass rushes.
-Wide receivers and cornerbacks matched up in one-one-ones soon after. Nnamdi Asomugha locked up A.J. Jenkins at the line of scrimmage and prevented the second-year receiver from running his route. Moments later, Anquan Boldin beat Carlos Rogers with a deep in route.
-Rookies Marcus Lattimore, Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial all took turns sprinting on the turf field under the watch of the 49ers strength and conditioning coaches.
-Carlos Rogers intercepted Colt McCoy when the fourth-year quarterback mistakenly tried to throw a pass to Patton, who was unable to make a play on the ball due to his injured finger.
-Tight ends dominated a 7-on-7 period with nearly every pass being caught by McDonald, Garrett Celek or MarQueis Gray. Celek hauled in the best pass of the bunch, Kaepernick rifled a 25-yard seam route which was nearly deflected by Spillman.
-Ian Williams continued to impress as the 49ers starting nose tackle. On the very first play of a team period series, Williams split up the field to wedge his way in front of Jonathan Goodwin and Alex Boone. Williams also got in the backfield another time along with Justin Smith to combine for a would-be sack of Kaepernick.
-Chuck Jacobs made a pair of diving receptions on crossing routes. The undrafted rookie wideout has quietly had a solid camp.
-Kaepernick picked up a big gain on a zone-read play that faked Ahmad Brooks into biting on an inside run fake to LaMichael James.
-Kaepernick, however, was intercepted when a slant pass intended for Jenkins was tipped at the line and bobbled by Jenkins long enough for cornerback Tramaine Brock to make a juggling interception.
-Michael Wilhoite dropped back into coverage and dropped an easy interception on a Kaepernick pass intended for Chad Hall.
-The play of the day took place in the final team period. Justin Smith pancaked tackle Kenny Wiggins with a dominant bull rush.