SANTA CLARA, Calif . -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of San Francisco 49ers training camp:
The Niners went live to close out Sunday’s padded practice in a goal-line drill and the biggest hit of camp thus far came courtesy of Tank Carradine, who absolutely popped Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne just before he entered the end zone. Hayne did, though, put a nice move on rookie linebacker Eli Harold and lost him in the backfield before meeting Carradine, as well as linebacker Shayne Skov. “Tank nailed him, so he made up for my mistake,” Harold said with a laugh.
Hayne, though, came back one snap later to break tackles by Arik Armstead and Skov to score on a run to the right. Colin Kaepernick also hit Vance McDonald on a play-acion pass for the touchdown in the back of the end zone.
Rookie punter Bradley Pinion not only put on a show with his booming punts, but he was also getting reps on kickoffs. And he sent one kickoff flying out of the practice facility and into the adjacent parking lot.
A scary moment in 11-on-11’s came when Arik Armstead bowled over Marcus Martin and the two came perilously close to rolling up quarterback Kaepernick’s knees. But the quick-footed Kaepernick was able to get his feet out of the scrum in time.
Interceptions were turned in by Antoine Bethea, who dived to get the tipped ball by Nick Moody on a pass thrown from Blaine Gabbert to DaAndrew White, as well as by newly-signed linebacker Steve Beauharnais, who corralled the Dylan Thompson pass that bounced off Bell. Also, Ahmad Brooks “intercepted” the long-snap to Kaepernick from Martin.
Rookie Ian Silberman was getting time at right guard in the red-zone offense.
The 49ers are off on Monday but return with practice Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. PT.
A few tweets from Sunday: