The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens held their second day of practice, and the reports indicate the 49ers had a lot of success. The defense in particular seemed to do some solid work against Joe Flacco and the Ravens first team offense. The reports indicate Aldon Smith made some plays, which is no surprise, but is something he has built on throughout camp. Based just on the numerous practice reports, you could make a strong argument that Aldon Smith has had the best camp of any of the 49ers.
Unfortunately one of the more notable themes of the day was injuries. Adam Snyder and Quinton Patton both left practice. Additionally, Shayne Skov left with an ankle sprain. Greg Roman did not have an update on the status of Snyder and Patton. It sounds like Snyder suffered a worse injury, but we'll have to wait and see what we hear in the coming days.
Returns (of sorts)
Speaking of injuries, Brandon Lloyd was back in individual work, although not team drills. He did some warm-up work on Saturday as well, so it would seem that he is almost back. Additionally, LaMichael James did some warm-up work. According to Matt Maiocco, LMJ caught some passes, and took some handoffs while carrying the ball in his right arm. The dislocation was to his right elbow. I don't expect to see him in any of the three remaining preseason games, but he would seem to be making good progress.
Josh Johnson-Vernon Davis big play
It's safe to say Josh Johnson and Vernon Davis connected on the offensive play of the day. The reports indicate the 49ers were running an offensive drill from their own 1-yard line, and Johnson connected with Davis on a seam route that Davis ran to the end zone for a 99-yard score. I think the comment section would explode just a little bit if that kind of play happened in real life.
Johnson remains a bit of a mystery as the 49ers figure out their backup quarterback situation. He played better than Blaine Gabbert on Thursday, but will need to build on that next week against the Denver Broncos. I wonder how much it will take from Johnson to surpass Gabbert on the depth chart?
It sounds like the younger members of the secondary did some good work. Dontae Johnson had a pick-six of Joe Flacco, Kenneth Acker had a pass break-up, and Darryl Morris had an interception and some pass break-ups (although he did give up the only deep pass). These are guys that probably won't have a huge impact on the 49ers secondary (assuming health, of course), but the development process is going to be important. Of course, given the injuries, every last body could prove valuable.
DNP: CB Tramaine Brock (ankle), Michael Crabtree (hamstring), Anthony Davis (shoulder), LaMichael James (elbow), Ray McDonald (leg), Vance McDonald (unknown), Lawrence Okoye (ankle), Justin Smith (shoulder),
Individual work, no team drills: Brandon Lloyd (hamstring)
Injured during practice: WR Quinton Patton (unknown), LB Shayne Skov (ankle), OL Adam Snyder (leg/knee)