Vernon Davis took it easy on Thursday. The San Francisco 49ers coaches wanted to let their star tight end rest.
That wasn't the case at a Friday night training camp practice.
Davis caught several deep balls from Colin Kaepernick, including two deep post patterns. The duo also connected on a 5-yard red zone touchdown pass. Kaepernick sucked in the first-team defense with a perfect play-fake to rookie running back Carlos Hyde. All Kaepernick had to do next was throw an accurate pass to a streaking Davis who snuck around the backside of the formation.
Davis caught the touchdown and continued to be active in the later team periods. He beat rookies Chris Borland and Jimmie Ward on a deep out pattern as well. Davis beat Borland, the inside linebacker, and squeezed himself in front of Ward, the safety, to make a leaping reception.
Davis got both feet in bounds, too.
Offensive Play of the Day
Kaepernick's longest play of practice and of training camp was a 50-yard bomb to wide receiver Chuck Jacobs.
Jacobs jumped in between cornerback Chris Cook and safety Antoine Bethea to make the deep reception. The play immediately fired up the offensive side of the ball in a competitive night practice.
Defensive Play of the Day
The defense didn't force any turnovers for most of the practice. That was until the final throw of the night.
Rookie cornerback Dontae Johnson intercepted Blaine Gabbert to end a two-minute drive by the second-team offense. Johnson broke on the comeback route intended for Devon Wylie and maintained possession on his way to the ground. The defensive players on the nearby sideline errupted in their reaction.
Coach Jim Harbaugh sensed it was a good time to call the night session.
Glenn Dorsey appeared to injure his left arm during a team period. Mike Purcell replaced him at nose tackle. Chris Culliver practiced for a second consecutive day and was the right cornerback with Perrish Cox on the left side of the defense.
Rookie linebacker Aaron Lynch and rookie center Marcus Martin dressed for practice but only did individual drills. Interesting note, both rookies had alone time to speak with general manager Trent Baalke during practice.
Defensive tackle Justin Smith (shoulder) and offensive tackle Anthony Davis (shoulder) did not practice. Ray McDonald (leg) did not practice as well.
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).
-Aldon Smith looked like his old self. He recorded two sacks on the night and knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage.
-Michael Wilhoite broke up three passes, all intended for tight end Vance McDonald.
-Kaepernick's father Rick, watched the night practice. Colin made several types of throws, including a side-arm rifle to rookie Bruce Ellington while falling back to his right.
-Culliver broke up a Kaepernick pass intended for Boldin during the wide receiver-cornerback 1-on-1 period.
-The defensive side of the ball stopped its offensive counterpart on three consecutive two-minute drill periods. The second-team defense carried the momentum into a full-contact period in the red zone. Recently acquired running back Alfonso Smith was stopped fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
-Quinton Patton caught two touchdowns. One was on a 4th-and-10 from Kaepernick. The other was the result of an out pattern thrown by Josh Johnson.