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49ers minicamp recap, Day 3: Field goals, :55 drills, and defense wins the day

We’ve got a full recap of the third and final day of the San Francisco 49ers mandatory minicamp.

Day three of San Francisco 49ers mandatory minicamp is over and the players don't have to report back until the end of July. There was a lot of media on hand, national included, knowing that Kaepernick would be addressing the media after practice. Here is what we saw during our last look at the team before the break.

Jennifer Lee Chan
  • After several touchdowns by the offense on day two, the defense pulled back ahead to win day three. There were several interceptions, PBUs, forced fumbles and "sacks."
  • Keith Reaser was the defensive the star of the day. He had several PBUs, a forced fumble on a Blaine Gabbert pass caught by Bruce Miller and an interception that was thrown by Colin Kaepernick.
  • Ray Ray Armstrong got work with the 1s next to NaVorro Bowman. He registered two interceptions on the day, one thrown by Kaepernick that was tipped by Tramaine Brock, one thrown by Blaine Gabbert that glanced off the screens.
  • There were a few touchdowns and dynamic catches during 7-on-7 drills, particularly by Dres Anderson, who went deep and had a diving catch from Kaepernick out of bounds only to go to nearly the same spot on the next play and make the catch in bounds. Carlos Hyde scored a touchdown on the following play with pass from Kaepernick.
  • Also during 7-on-7s, Aaron Burbridge scored a touchdown on a pass from Thad Lewis.
  • Gabbert threw three passes into the screens/bug men, one of which ended up being intercepted by Armstrong. He did, however, have a remarkable pass, threading the needle between Tramaine Brock and Eric Reid right into the awaiting hands of DiAndre Campbell.
  • During 11-on-11s, John Theus got some work in with the 1s at RT next to Andrew Tiller who was at RG.
  • Chris Davis went down with a right ankle injury after he intercepted a Gabbert pass intended for Bruce Ellington. It was his second INT on the day, the first one being thrown by Jeff Driskel. He spent the rest of the day with Dontae Johnson who has not participated in team drills since his injury on Monday.
  • Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey continued their rehab in the weight room during practice.
  • There was a new :55 drill that simulated an end of the game scenario. During this time, each group would attempt to go down the field to score and if necessary, kick a field goal. During this drill, John Theus was with the 1s at RT and Erik Pears was in at LT instead of Joe Staley who then ran out on to the field as part of the FG unit.
  • We saw our first extensive FG work. Both Phil Dawson and rookie John Lunsford each went 6 for 6 on attempts, the longest for each being 60+ yard efforts.
  • Kaepernick continued working in 7-on-7 drills while still only shadowing during the 11-on-11 drills. As you can see in the video below of the long pass to Quinton Patton, he is regaining his arm strength.