Vernon Davis, 49ers Tight Ends Look Sharp in Pre-Cowboys Practice

The San Francisco 49ers spent plenty of time working on red-zone offense and red-zone defense on Thursday. Despite not wearing pads, the tight quarters and scoring opportunities made the session very competitive.

The highlight of practice came in a move-the-ball period. The offense was down 26-20, needing a touchdown with only one timeout and less than a minute on the team's practice field scoreboard.

On a 4th-and-9, Colin Kaepernick kept the drive alive with a deep-middle pass to Anquan Boldin for 14 yards and a first down. After Torrey Smith drew a pass-interference penalty in the end zone, Kaepernick finished the drive with a go-ahead touchdown pass to Garrett Celek.

Other Notable Observations:

  • It's important to give credit where credit is due. The 49ers cornerbacks played very well during the 1-on-1 period against the wide receivers. Tramaine Brock, Keith Reaser and safety Jermaine Whitehead all recorded pass breakups in the end zone.
  • Kaepernick threw multiple touchdowns to Smith on the day. The scoring plays came in 1-on-1 and team periods, respectively.
  • Boldin made one of the best catches of the day during the 1-on-1 period. With a cornerback in perfect coverage, No. 81 reached over the defender and took away what looked like a possible interception.
  • Jarryd Hayne made a full-extension catch in the middle of the field during team drills. It didn't gain many yards, but the rookie running back's reception was sweet.
  • The second-team defense beat the second-team offense in their move-the-ball drive. The defensive series was highlighted by a batted-down pass from Arik Armstead.
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