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Tramaine Brock Records Interception in Third Camp Practice

Posted Jul 26, 2014

The fifth-year pro recorded his first interception of training camp on Saturday, the first padded practice of the year. He picked off a pass from undrafted rookie quarterback Kory Faulkner and did so in impressive fashion.


The San Francisco 49ers entered training camp looking to find a starting cornerback and nickel defender.

The young cornerbacks who are vying for those spots have looked solid in the team’s first three camp sessions.

The same goes for returning starter Tramaine Brock. The fifth-year pro recorded his first interception of training camp on Saturday, the first padded practice of the year. He picked off a pass from undrafted rookie quarterback Kory Faulkner and did so in impressive fashion.

Brock recognized the rookie taking too long to fire a deep dig route to Stevie Johnson in an 11-on-11 period. Once the ball floated in the air longer than it should have, Brock undercut Johnson and recorded the takeaway.

On the very next play, Brock nearly intercepted quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson’s hitch pass to rookie running back Carlos Hyde.

Brock later broke up a Josh Johnson comeback pass to Kassim Osgood.

Brock gave up a few short passes earlier in the practice in 7-on-7 work, but when it came time for team periods, he showed his change-of-direction skills and soft hands.

Offensive Play of the Day

Michael Crabtree dropped a would-be touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick in a 7-on-7 red zone period. Crabtree was upset about it, but he didn’t sulk.

Crabtree had his best practice of camp, catching everything in sight after the drop.

The sixth-year receiver’s best reception was on a deep sideline pass from Blaine Gabbert. The ball was a little too deep toward the boundary, but it didn’t matter.

Crabtree reached out with his left hand and pulled the ball into his body for a 30-yard catch.

Defensive Play of the Day

Brock’s interception happened in an instant. It was definitely the top play. But if a runner-up had to be crowned, Ahmad Brooks’ bull-rush sack in the final team period deserves some recognition.

Brooks lined up over offensive lineman Ryan Seymour and pushed his way back to Gabbert, causing the whistle to blow the play dead.

Roster Update

With Kendall Hunter out of action, LaMichael James, Hyde and Jewel Hampton saw a lot of action.

Rookie wide receiver Bruce Ellington dressed for practice but did not participate. He was activated from the NFI list on Friday.

Defensive tackle Justin Smith (shoulder) and offensive tackle Anthony Davis (shoulder) did not 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 Ian Williams (leg) linebacker Aaron Lynch (hamstring) and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey.

NFI (non-football injury) list members also were not practicing. The group included Lattimore (hamstring, knee), center Marcus Martin (ankle), fullback Trey Millard (knee), cornerback Keith Reaser (knee) and guard Brandon Thomas (knee).

Observations

-Kaepernick was 5-of-9 passing in the 7-on-7 work and finished the day completing his final seven throws in team periods. Kaepernick got things started with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Quinton Patton in a 7-on-7 red zone period.

-Kaepernick’s best throw of the day was a 20-yard laser to Anquan Boldin. The veteran receiver ran a deep crossing route and hauled in the ball in between the coverage of rookie linebacker Chris Borland and veteran safety C.J. Spillman.

-Bethel-Thompson saw a lot of second-team reps. He also lined up behind the first-team offensive line later in practice.

-It was a good day for the veteran quarterbacks in the team periods: Kaepernick was 7-of-9, Gabbert was 8-of-10, Johnson was 4-of-5 and Bethel-Thompson was 8-of-10.

-Second-year lineman Tank Carradine had his first opportunity of camp to show his pass-rushing skills in one-on-one drills. At one point, Carradine beat rookie guard Fouimalo Fonoti on a swim move from the left side of the line. Carradine was bullish throughout the drill and later collapsed the pocket in team periods. Carradine looked like a force as an interior rusher.

-The most humorous part of practice was seeing the quarterbacks alternate turns trying to throw a lofted pass 40 yards down the field into a target net that was about three times the size of a basketball hoop. After each quarterback missed on about five to seven throws, Jim Harbaugh took a shot at the net but camp up short. To the passer’s credit, it was a windy day in Santa Clara.

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