SANTA CLARA -- The snap counts of some veteran players are starting to ramp up. You certainly couldn't call Saturday a busy practice for tailback Reggie Bush, for example, but Bush got his first repetitions at tailback in training camp. Likewise, Darnell Dockett saw a lot more action than usual at defensive end.
"You see with Reggie, putting in some of the special teams reps, you see him out there with that and you see Reggie with some of the 11-personnel stuff, getting some reps on those things," Jim Tomsula said. "So that’s where we are there with that."
Tank Carradine missed his second straight practice with what the 49ers are terming an illness. That has allowed Arik Armstead and Lawrence Okoye to take some repetitions at Carradine's usual spot, which is right defensive end with the second-team defense. Armstead seemed to hurt his right hand when he got caught in a pileup of players. He got up slowly but remained in the practice. He looked good in driving back fellow rookie Ian Silberman on a running play.
There still haven't been any major fights at Camp Tomsula (at least in the afternoon sessions that are open to the media). But there were some hurt feelings on Saturday.
The first occurred when Ahmad Brooks blew past rookie Trent Brown, who was playing left tackle, so easily that he ran into Colin Kaepernick. Neither Kaepernick nor his offensive linemen liked the contact and let Brooks know about it. Later in the practice, inside linebacker Desmond Bishop crashed into tight end Vance McDonald, which also drew a few harsh words. Still, fists have not been flying so far in August.
Brown, in case you're wondering, gets most of his repetitions at right tackle with the second-string offense. Every so often, Joe Staley comes out of the session and Brown takes a few snaps on the left side. Meanwhile, both Silberman and Brandon Thomas took a few reps at right guard with the first-team offensive line. In those instances, center Joe Looney comes off the field and Marcus Martin slides from right guard to center.
Kaepernick had one of his nicest throws of training camp, an intermediate toss to rookie tight end Blake Bell that dropped just over the arms of NaVorro Bowman, who was in coverage. Kaepernick also hit McDonald on a down-field throw along the seam, one at which McDonald has had trouble in games. McDonald, however, also had a drop. Fellow tight end Garrett Celek had two drops.
The only interception was thrown by Blaine Gabbert. His pass went off of rookie Issac Blakeney's hands to safety Eric Reid. Gabbert later had a nice pass he zipped to Jarryd Hayne, who caught it in stride. That drew hoots and "Alright, Jarryd!" calls from the sideline. Hayne may not look natural as a running back at this point but his receiving skills have exceeded expectations.
Rookie Eli Harold is getting an excellent education in going against Staley every day in practice. Harold is quick, but Staley is quicker and typically shuts him down in one-on-one drills.
Staley and Brooks had an exchange, which may have been about Brooks crashing into Kaepernick. The two likely will be seeing more of each other if Brooks, as expected, starts lining up more on the right side, which is where Aldon Smith played.
Interesting sight: Keith Reaser got some snaps at safety. That may be because Jaquiski Tartt (toe) was mostly held out of team drills. Defensive backs coach Tim Lewis spends a lot of time with Reaser, Kenneth Acker and the team's young cornerbacks.