The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up day two of minicamp yesterday, and it was a big day for the defense. I've posted some reports down below, and will add links as any other reports come in.
Ahmad Brooks, Perrish Cox, and Eric Reid all recorded interceptions during practice, and Antoine Bethea apparently had a solid tipped pass. Perrish Cox faces a significant youth movement at the nickel back role, but his experience is a big deal. He might not have the ceiling of Jimmie Ward or even Darryl Morris, but the coaching staff seemingly trusts him. With Eric Wright out of the picture, Cox has one less competitor.
My favorite random bit of news came from the 49ers.com practice review. They mentioned that during some 11-on-11 work, the 49ers mixed up the offensive line. Joe Staley and Mike Iupati remained at left tackle and left guard, but then the 49ers played Adam Snyder at center, Joe Looney at right guard, and Daniel Kilgore at right tackle. Kilgore played tackle in college, but moved inside when he joined the 49ers. He is not switching over to fulltime tackle work, but the team has to prep for the occasional emergency. Snyder can play any of the five offensive line positions. Looney plays guard, but has gotten some center work here and there. Jonathan Martin has started to get some work at guard, but is still primarily a tackle. The goal will be to just mix it up and have as much versatility as possible.
The best news to come from camp has to be Tank Carradine's strong showing. Cam Inman and Matt Barrows both went into some detail about it, but generally speaking he looked good. A lot of people have been asking about how Tank has looked, so this is good to hear. We still don't know exactly what this all means given the lack of contact. And Vic Fangio has made the same point, stating that he can't really specify a role for Tank given that it's non-contact, and he's finally back from the ACL injury. Tank in training camp and the preseason is going to be incredibly fascinating.