SANTA CLARA – The 49ers believe they have more depth than ever on the defensive line. Now, it’s just a matter of finding the right roles for everyone.
The offensive line has another set of issues. Aside from left tackle Joe Staley and left guard Alex Boone, no positions are settled on the 49ers’ line.
In the head-to-head competition during the second day of training camp, the defensive line scored a decisive victory.
The 49ers’ defensive line was able to supply consistent pressure on the 49ers’ quarterbacks on Sunday evening at Levi’s Stadium. Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks and Glenn Dorsey proved disruptive against the 49ers’ first-team offense. And many of the team's reserve D-linemen got into the act, as well.
The practice featured Lawrence Okoye’s best showing on the practice field since deciding two years ago to give American football a shot. Okoye, a former rugby player, was a finalist in the discus for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics.
Okoye got would-be sacks on back-to-back plays while working against first-year tackle Ben Gottchalk. He also put a nice move on Dillon Farrell to win a one-on-one pass-rush drill.
Catch of the day: Wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who was out of the NFL last due to off-the-field issues, sprawled out to make a diving catch just inches off the ground on a crossing pattern. What made the play even more spectacular was the added difficulty of it being a patented quarterback Colin Kaepernick fastball.
Defensive play of the day: Cornerback Tramaine Brock ranged across the field to make a leaping interception of a Kaepernick deep pass attempt across his body intended for Anquan Boldin.
Depth chart: The 49ers worked more with their nickel packages on Sunday. Brock bumped inside to handle the slot receiver. Shareece Wright played cornerback on one side, with Dontae Johnson entering the field to take Brock’s spot at cornerback. . . Tank Carradine worked with the first unit as an inside pass-rusher in nickel situations.
Rookie report: One day after running back Carlos Hyde showed some good hands out of the backfield, he struggled catching the ball. Hyde had two dropped passes early in practice. . . Tight end Blake Bell got a lot of practice reps and caught three passes in 11-on-11. He dropped a pass in 7-on-7. . . Undrafted rookie Marcus Rush demonstrated his quickness with a spin move to easily get around right tackle Trent Brown in a one-on-one pass-rush drill. . . During the extra session devoted to young players, DiAndre Campbell made a leaping catch on a corner route against the coverage of Jaquiski Tartt and Mylan Hicks. . . Undrafted wide receiver Dres Anderson’s only catch was during a 7-on-7 period. . . . Erik Pears, Trent Brown and Patrick Miller were guilty of false start penalties.
This ‘n’ that: Kurt Warner, who spent time with Kaepernick in the offseason, watched the practice in his role as an analyst for the NFL Network. In an interview with CSN Bay Area, Warner said he will be looking for Kaepernick to get more consistent with the simple passes -- the layups, he called them -- and to show more touch and anticipation from the pocket. . . Wide receiver Bruce Ellington had a strong showing with several catches, including a leaping grab against Wright’s tight coverage. . . . Quinton Patton had a quiet day with just one reception coming early in 11-on-11, and another in 7-on-7. . . Johnson intercepted a Dylan Thompson pass intended for Derek Carrier. . . Johnson also was right with receiver Mario Hull on a Thompson deep pass for an incompletion. . . Boone looked solid in one-on-one pass rush against Quinton Dial. . . . Ellington, DeAndrew White, Mario Hull and Jarryd Hayne handled punts without any problems.
Daily transactions: None.
Returned to practice:
Did not practice: RB Reggie Bush, DL Darnell Dockett, OLB Aaron Lynch, RB Kendall Hunter, DB Jimmie Ward, WR Issac Blakeney.
Physically unable to perform: C Daniel Kilgore (left leg)
Non-football injury/illness: LB Michael Wilhoite (leg), WR DeAndre Smelter (knee), LB Nick Bellore (illness)
Next practice: The 49ers are scheduled to return to the practice field Monday at 4:15 p.m. The practice is closed to the general public.