San Francisco 49ers

49ers TCD8: Kaepernick sharp in red zone; Garnett switches sides

After a day off on Monday, the 49ers went through a full-padded session on Tuesday.

Blaine Gabbert was slightly more efficient than Colin Kaepernick in the team period, connecting on 10 of 12 passes to Kaepernick’s 8-for-11. But Kaepernick looked better in an earlier seven-on-seven drill in the red zone.

His nicest pass of the day was a back-shoulder throw in the left-hand corner of the end zone to receiver Jerome Simpson, which Simpson set up with a stop-and-go move against cornerback Keith Reaser. On the next play, Kaepernick again found Simpson for a touchdown, this time on the other side of the field. He also had a nice, touch-pass touchdown to DeAndrew White in the drill. Kaepernick was 6-for-9 in the session.

Gabbert was 6-for-10. But most of his completions were short – running backs were a frequent target throughout the afternoon for Gabbert – and he did not get into the end zone during the red-zone drill.


Arik Armstead, who left Sunday’s practice with an apparent shoulder injury, was in uniform Tuesday but did not take part in any full-contact situations like one-on-one drills or 11-on-11 work. Armstead had his left, upper arm wrapped; The injury does not appear serious. During team drills, the starting defensive line consisted of DeForest Buckner at left defensive end, Mike Purcell at nose tackle and Quinton Dial at right defensive end.

Armstead, Buckner and the rest of the defensive linemen went through practice with an extra coach. Pro Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley was on hand Tuesday and was seen giving the younger players tips at various points.


After lining up at right guard for the first seven practices of training camp, first-round pick Joshua Garnett lined up at left guard with the second-team unit today. Garnett played at that spot last year at Stanford. With Garnett on the left side, Ian Silberman played right guard (next to tackle Anthony Davis) with the second-team unit. (The 49ers’ first-team guards continue to be Zane Beadles, left, and Andrew Tiller, right.)

Tuesday was Gerald Hodges’ turn to line up next to NaVorro Bowman at inside linebacker. Hodges broke up a pass to running back DuJuan Harris in seven-on-seven drills. Ray-Ray Armstrong was with the second-team defense alongside Nick Bellore; Michael Wilhoite and Shayne Skov played with the third team. Hodges, Armstrong and Wilhoite have been rotating through the lineup since the start of training camp.

Jaquiski Tartt went through his most extensive practice to date. The 49ers spent a lot of time with a three-safety alignment – Tartt, Antoine Bethea and Eric Reid.


Simpson had a strong practice at wide receiver. He made a high-degree-of-difficulty catch down the sideline against Dontae Johnson on a throw from Gabbert in one-on-one drills. … Dres Anderson also looked good in one-on-ones in making a back-shoulder grab against cornerback Kenneth Acker. Anderson moves well – is smooth and fluid – and is one of several young receivers vying for a spot on the team.

Another of those receivers, DeAndre Smelter, had a light practice after requiring some extra stretching from trainers during Sunday’s session.

Tank Carradine lined up at right outside linebacker with the second-team defense. He had a quarterback “sack” and a play in the backfield – on Harris – during team drills.

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