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Day 9 of San Francisco 49ers training camp was the most physical to date.
Sunday's session featured a live goal-line period in which both sides of the ball made impact plays.
We'll describe those moments in greater detail later on. But first, it's worth noting that veteran running back Reggie Bush saw his most extensive 11-on-11 work of camp.
The free-agent addition even got into the end zone twice on red-zone passes from Colin Kaepernick. The 30-year-old runner proved that he can still make plays in the passing game as well as show burst on running plays. Bush's two touchdown grabs came in the same 11-on-11 period. They also took place on a day in which the 49ers did not run a single 7-on-7 snap.
"I think he can add a lot to our offense," left tackle Joe Staley said of Bush shortly after practice wrapped up.
Throughout the day, San Francisco worked on game-like situations up and down the field, including the physical period to close things out from the 1-yard line.
More observations can be found in this practice report.
MVP Jim Tomsula.
Normally a player gets the love in this section, but we're going to highlight the head coach for giving us all something unique to write about in the final 10-plus minutes of practice. After a back-and-forth two-hour portion of practice, Tomsula allowed his players to go through a live, full-contact goal-line period.
The top plays included Jarryd Hayne breaking a few tacklers and plunging into the end zone from 1-yard out, Kendall Gaskins out-running a defender along the right perimeter of the field for a 1-yard score, and Kaepernick perfectly executing a play-action fake to find tight end Garrett Celek for a 1-yard touchdown pass.
There were also great moments for the defense in the drill. Garrett Celek provided a good hit on Hayne at the goal line after Eli Harold got into position to force the rookie runner to bounce his run to the left. Inside linebacker Shayne Skov also flashed good instincts as he knifed into the backfield to stop rookie Mike Davis for a short loss. Defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye also recorded a sack during the competitive period.
Offensive play of the day
Bush's touchdown grabs were impressive, but the offense connected on a few longer passing plays that deserve recognition.
The one that first comes to mind was a connection between a pair of undrafted rookies. Quarterback Dylan Thompson placed a deep ball down the left sideline up for wide receiver DeAndrew White, who timed his jump perfectly to make the eye-catching reception.
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.Rotation tracker
- Davis, Gaskins and Hayne took all the carries during the goal-line run period.
- Quinton Dial (sore knee) sat out of practice as a precautionary measure. Tony Jerod-Eddie replaced him as the right defensive tackle with the first defense.
- Cornerback Marcus Cromartie was given opportunities to return kicks. Special teams periods saw White, Keith Reaser, Kenneth Acker and Quinton Patton get work as gunners on punt team.
- Carradine returned to practice after missing the last two sessions due to illness.
- Besides Dial, wide receiver Bruce Ellington (leg strain), linebacker Philip Wheeler (leg strain), cornerback Leon McFadden (toe contusion), and wide receiver Chuck Jacobs (ankle) all sat out of practice.
- Hayne got work on the kick-off coverage units.
- Blaine Gabbert connected with Jerome Simpson on a red-zone touchdown pass; Thompson found fullback Trey Millard for a score out of the backfield in the same period.
- New linebacker Steve Beauharnais recorded the only interception of the day on a tipped pass. Quote to Note
"With a nickname like 'Tank,' you'd think there would be a lot of those."
- 49ers defensive coordinator Eric Mangini on Carradine's goal-line hit against Hayne.