SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ defense responded with a strong showing on Thursday, the final day of the team’s offseason program.
One day after the offense had one of its better showings of the spring, the defense came back with at least four interceptions during 7-on-7 and team drills.
Colin Kaepernick, whom coach Chip Kelly praised for his smooth transition into practice this week, was intercepted on back-to-back attempts during 7-on-7 drills. Cornerback Keith Reaser stepped in front of Aaron Burbridge for the first pick.
Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong gathered in a pass for Dres Anderson that Tramaine Brock deflected. Armstrong later recorded an interception of a Blaine Gabbert pass that bounced off a screen that was used to simulate the pass rush.
In a team drill, nickel back Chris Davis intercepted a Gabbert pass intended for Bruce Ellington on a deep out.
In other observations from the 49ers’ final practice of the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp:
--Anderson, who spent his rookie season on injured reserve, had another good day. He made a nice leaping catch of a Kaepernick pass in 7-on-7 drills but was out of bounds. On the next play, he beat the coverage of Rashard Robinson and Marcus Cromartie for a 30-yard reception.
He had a chance to cap an impressive three-play sequence but he dropped a 5-yard pass in the end zone. Kaepernick’s bullet was slightly behind Anderson.
Anderson finished the day in impression fashion with a diving 20-yard reception on a pass from Thad Lewis.
--Kaepernick came back with a 5-yard touchdown pass to running back Mike Davis out of the backfield.
--Burbridge made an 18-yard scoring catch over linebacker Lenny Jones in 7-on-7 drills.
--Wide receiver DiAndre Campbell, who spent last season on the practice squad, made good catch from Gabbert against tight coverage from Brock and safety Eric Reid.
--The 49ers practiced a late-game situation drill. Phil Dawson made kicks from 43 and 57 yards. Rookie John Lunsford was wide left from 49 yards.
--Rookie cornerback Prince Charles Iworah made a strong defensive play when he broke up a Jeff Driskel pass down the field that tight end Bruce Miller had in his hands.
--Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch got in a tussle with rookie right tackle John Theus. Coach Chip Kelly removed Lynch from the action, replacing him with Eli Harold.
--The 49ers' veterans are tentatively scheduled to report to training camp on July 30 with their first full-squad practice slated for Sunday, July 31. The 49ers open the exhibition season on Aug. 14 against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium.