Check out some of the best photos from day 11 of 49ers training camp.
Day 11 of San Francisco 49ers training camp saw the club begin game-week preparation for the team's Saturday night road preseason matchup against the Houston Texans.
For starters, the offensive players donned white uniforms and the defensive personnel wore red threads on Tuesday. In addition, the 49ers played loud music during portions of practice to simulate a road-stadium environment.
Here's the eclectic playlist from practice:
Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy
James Brown - Bad Mutha
Van Halen - Running with the Devil
Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack
2pac - Amerikaz Most Wanted
Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train
Travis Tritt - Great Day to Be Alive
Outkast - So Fresh, So Clean
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
AC/DC - Thunderstruck
Metallica - Enter Sandman
T.I. - What You Know about That
Back to the action on the field...
Houston native DeAndrew White recorded an eye-catching, one-handed grab on the right sideline from his SEC counterpart, Dylan Thompson. The Alabama-South Carolina connection was one of the more memorable plays on a day in which both sides of the ball continued to compete for top billing.
White had several opportunities to make plays with starting wideout Torrey Smith participating in individual drills but receiving a veteran's day off from 11-on-11 work. Anquan Boldin and Quinton Patton, the team's starting receivers on the day, connected often with Colin Kaepernick in team periods.
More observations can be found in this practice report.
MVP NaVorro Bowman.
The star linebacker recorded his first interception of camp on a Kaepernick pass intended for wide receiver Jerome Simpson. We've seen Bowman be a disruptive run-stopper throughout camp. On this occasion, it was a great sight to see the defensive leader drop back into coverage and steal a Kaepernick fastball.
Perhaps even more impressive was how the 49ers quarterback responded to the takeaway.
Offensive play of the day
Bowman's interception was sandwiched in between two unreal throws by San Francisco's starting signal-caller.
Kaepernick first used his athleticism to roll to his right, buy time, and then launch a cross-body missle down to Boldin for a deep touchdown. Kaepernick's instincts and arm strength were quite evident on the impressive throw and catch.
Following Bowman's sticky-handed play, Kaepernick responded by showing accuracy and touch on a 25-yard wheel route to Reggie Bush. Kaepernick's well-placed ball, plus Bush's leaping ability made this one of the top completions of camp.
It's hard to pick a winner between both impressive throws, and because they came against the first-team defense in 11-on-11 work, we'll give them a slight nod over White's one-handed gem.
Defensive play of the day
NaVorro Bowman had a solid day in 11-on-11 work.
During a three-play sequence, the veteran inside linebacker correctly diagnosed running backs on back-to-back snaps. He followed those plays up by breaking up an over-the-middle pass intended for a 49ers tight end.Extra Points
- As mentioned earlier, Smith's day off led to a lot of reps for Patton, White and others. Undrafted rookie Dres Anderson was given the day off, too, due to soreness.
- Quinton Dial took part in individual portions of practice but did not join his teammates for group and team periods.
- During a 2-on-2 route-running period against the defense, Kaepernick lofted a beautiful deep ball to Patton, who got both feet inbounds for a touchdown.
- Kendall Hunter carried the ball multiple times during a controlled 7-on-7 period. We've yet to see Hunter take a hand off in 11-on-11 work.
- Blaine Gabbert sold play-action fakes to connect on deep crossing routes to Blake Bell and Vernon Davis in a mid-practice team period.
- Nick Moody recorded another interception on a pass he initially tipped up to himself.
Quote to Note
"I still have a lot of work to do, I really haven't done anything yet."
- 49ers rookie defensive lineman Arik Armstead on the 49ers Radio podcast.