SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the San Francisco 49ers training camp:
The 49ers practiced Saturday in full pads for the first time in camp. It was a crisp, good practice, although it wasn’t overly physical. Yet, that is by design. The 49ers lost running back Kendall Hunter for the year to a torn ACL in a non-contact drill Friday.
Raw defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, who has no previous football experience, crushed Jonathan Martin in a drill. But Okoye, who is both huge and supremely athletic, showed how green he is in other drills. He’s a promising work in progress.
Receiver Michael Crabtree looks great. Hard to believe he had a torn Achilles last season.
Fellow receiver Stevie Johnson continues to make big plays.
Tramaine Brock is the 49ers’ top cornerback and he looks very confident and smooth. Can you believe this guy was just a special teams player a year ago?
Rookie running back Carlos Hyde looked very explosive in pads.
First-round pick, defensive back Jimmie Ward, had a reputation at North Illinois as a ballhawk. I know why. He gets his hands on everything.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a very nice day. Accurate, crisp, in command.
The 49ers’ five quarterbacks did a drill in which they tried to hit inside a net from about 40 yards. Undrafted rookie Kory Faulkner got the closest. Harbaugh, an ex-NFL quarterback, even gave it a whirl. He missed.
Cornerback Chris Culliver said he is feeling great in his comeback from a torn ACL he suffered in training camp last year. He is a favorite to win a starting cornerback job. He was previously a nickel cornerback. He said it is an adjustment playing on both passing and running downs. Culliver is facing charges from a March hit-and-run arrest. He said Saturday he cannot speak about it because the case is pending, but he said he is focusing on the football field.