John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports


49ers Training Camp Report: Kezar Day

Aug 11, 2016 at 12:19 AM2


For the first time since 2004, the 49ers held a training camp practice at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. For those who don't know, Kezar was the 49ers' first home and the team played there until 1970, after which they moved to Candlestick Park. It is a place with the type of character and quirkiness that one would expect out of a structure that resides in San Francisco. The unique setting provided an opportunity for fans to attend the only open practice of 2016. I too had a chance to attend this practice alongside my colleague, Aaron Erickson.

While the setting was memorable, there were few plays to remember, as 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco noted. It was mostly a vanilla practice where there was no hitting and no tackling. It also shouldn't be expected that the team reveal their gameplan and most crucial plays in front of a public audience before the regular season has even started (you know, when things really matter).

That being said, it was a rough day for the quarterbacks. Thad Lewis was the best quarterback in this practice - that should tell you all that you need to know about how Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert performed at Kezar. During individual drills, they were both mostly alright. Kaepernick was struggling with 10-yard out routes, but nothing that wasn't correctable. Gabbert was consistently late on almost all of his throws on the day, throwing many passes behind receivers, also nothing that wasn't correctable.

When it came time for 7 on 7's and 11 on 11's, it got even worse. Kaepernick was, by far, the more aggressive quarterback and threw the ball downfield more, even though he completed very few of those throws. Gabbert focused mostly on shorter passes and tucked the ball and ran several times (those are thought of as sacks in practice). One of the few passes downfield resulted in a tipped ball (that should have been intercepted by corner Rashard Robinson) that ended up in wide receiver Jerome Simpson's hands for a touchdown.

Gabbert also struggled to make the proper read during the zone-read portion of practice, handing the ball off instead of hanging onto it when he saw the defensive end crashing down. Kaepernick, for all of his issues throwing the ball during practice, was able to complete those drills successfully. Kaepernick's footwork is still slower than Gabbert's as is his release, but they both seem improved over last year in their mechanics.

Head coach Chip Kelly would not commit to a starter for the first preseason game, saying that they would get "equal playing time, and equal snaps."

Notes:
-Kaepernick and Gabbert equally split snaps with the starters in 7 on 7's, 11 on 11's and red zone drills.

-Cornerback Will Redmond (who was practicing with a brace on his surgically repaired right knee) seemed to come up limping a bit after receiver Bryce Treggs beat him twice to the corner of the end zone in the red zone portion of practice. Both passes fell incomplete.

-Receiver DeAndre Smelter had back-to-back drops of easy passes during individual drills. He did have a nice catch in traffic over the middle later during 7 on 7's.

-Linebacker NaVorro Bowman commented on the quarterback competition: "For the guy that ends up with the twos, it might be a little harder to execute (due to the drop off in talent), so he's going to have to make sure he works hard to make plays."

-Jaquiski Tartt continued to remain on the field in a 3 safety package with Antoine Bethea and Eric Reid. Tartt was playing in the box with the other two back at their normal deep safety positions

-Guard Zane Beadles on practicing at Kezar: "To come up here and come to Kezar, walking through that tunnel just to think of the people that have walked through there before and how long it's been here and the history of the team and the city, it's definitely a cool thing."

-Torrey Smith seemed to show no ill effects of the injured knee that caused him to miss practice last week.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


2 Comments

  • Dan Waterman
    A very comprehensive report. Keep up the good work.
    Aug 11, 2016 at 10:48 AM
    1
  • Steven
    This is fantastic. Thanks. Why aren't you at other practices? Keep up the good work.
    Aug 11, 2016 at 6:55 AM
    2

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



What Kyle Shanahan said the day after the 49ers' playoff win vs. the Cowboys

By Site Staff
Jan 17

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters via a conference call on Monday, one day after the team's playoff win against the Dallas Cowboys. The 49ers are preparing to play the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Here is everything Shanahan had to say. Transcript provided by the San Francisco 49ers Communications staff. Opening Comments: "Alright guys, the injuries from the game. We had [DL] Jordan Willis, ankle sprain. [DL] Nick Bosa is in the protocol. [LB] Fred Warner had an ankle sprain. [QB] Jimmy Garoppolo has a shoulder sprain. Him and Fred are probably going to be able to go though, this week. Go ahead." Are both of those ankle sprains



'They'll be a real, real mess to deal with': Cowboys' Jerry Jones offers scouting report on 49ers, has no concerns over opposing fans

By David Bonilla
Jan 11

While the San Francisco 49ers are preparing to head on the road for the start of the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys are preparing to host Kyle Shanahan's squad. Naturally, the last thing the Cowboys want to see is a takeover of their home stadium, which is what we saw at SoFi Stadium during the regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Rams. On Tuesday morning, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined 105.3 The Fan and acknowledged that he has no control over who buys the tickets. However, he boasted about the Cowboys having the highest resale ticket prices in the NFL right now, which he feels could help limit the number of opposing fans for the playoff matchup. Although, he also



49ers-Cowboys Injury Report: Jimmy Garoppolo limited; Trent Williams, Elijah Mitchell don't practice

By David Bonilla
Jan 12

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their playoff contest against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Nothing changed from what head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters before practice. The 49ers continue to be cautious with their quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. He was limited. This is so last week, but here's Jimmy Garoppolo throwing in practice with a wrap on his bum right thumb. #49ers pic.twitter.com/ZBXMxKsV8M— Eric



49ers-Cowboys Injury Report: Jimmy Garoppolo full-go; Trent Williams, Elijah Mitchell limited

By David Bonilla
Jan 13

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Wild Card playoff contest against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The good news for the 49ers is that tackle Trent Williams and running back Elijah Mitchell returned to practice after missing Wednesday's session. Mitchell played on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, leading the team with 85 rushing yards, which Williams was inactive. #49ers LT Trent Williams (elbow) IS on the field during early portion of practice.


Featured

More by Zain Naqvi

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone