turned in the play of the day at Wednesday’s Organized Team Activity for the San Francisco 49ers.
The veteran wideout hauled in an impressive touchdown reception during the red zone team period. He ran a post-corner route to best the coverage of Perrish Cox.
Colin Kaepernick, who threw the pass, raved about the efforts of his new target.
“I somewhat knew what to expect,” Kaepernick said of Lloyd, who did not play in the NFL last season. “I had seen plays he had made, but I hadn’t seen it on a consistent basis. Coming off a year off of football, he’s been amazing out here. Very smooth, very disciplined with his routes, and he’s an easy target to throw to.”
Here are five takeaways from the OTA session, including more on Lloyd’s head-turning performance.
1. Lloyd's Highlight Play
Stevie Johnson has stolen some of Lloyd’s attention in recent weeks, but Lloyd showcased why he’s been so successful for so many years. Johnson sat out of the Wednesday workout, “working through something,” Jim Harbaugh said. With the recently acquired wideout not participating, Lloyd made good use of the extra practice reps.
The offense didn’t have an explosive day like they enjoyed on Tuesday, yet Lloyd was able to show his crafty route-running against Cox. As soon as Lloyd turned back to the outside to finish the second part of his double-move, the ball from Kaepernick was out in a hurry. Lloyd tracked the pass immediately and got both feet inbounds to finish the scoring play.
“I’m seeing really good things,” Harbaugh said of Lloyd. “I’m seeing a surge off the line of scrimmage, and he has the ability to burst off the top of his routes. He runs excellent routes.
“He does not seem like a guy who’s had a layoff from football for a year.”
2. Red Zone Focus
Red zone work is taking up 35 to 40 percent of the OTA workouts, which is more than what the team did in 2013, Harbaugh said. When the 49ers went into special teams drills, Kaepernick threw goal-line routes from the 5-yard line to Lloyd, Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.
In the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 period in the red zone, Harbaugh said that the defense evened the score after a flawless performance by the offense on Tuesday.
“The guys are working really well together,” Harbaugh said. “And that’s the thing I’m most pleased with walking off the field, how the offense, defense are working in those competitive situations.
3. Lattimore Doesn't Brace Himself
Marcus Lattimore’s participation in the offseason program is definitely one of the top storylines for the 49ers. The second-year running back looked spry on Wednesday, taking part in the workout without a knee brace on the left knee that kept him off the field last season. Lattimore didn't wear the brace in the team's recent rookie minicamp either.
Lattimore caught a couple of short passes during team periods and also beat inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite on an over-the-middle route during a one-on-one drill.
Prior to last weekend’s rookie camp, the 49ers coach said Lattimore was dealing with an injury. Harbaugh revealed that it was a hamstring strain.
“Talking to him, he feels good,” Harbaugh said. “He feels like he’s getting back, getting the hang of things.”
4. Depth Chart Insight
It’s very early in the offseason process, but we did see a glimpse of where things stand with the depth chart.
Here were the notable observations:
-Daniel Kilgore lined up at center with the first-team.
-Chris Cook lined up at right cornerback with the first-team defense.
-Wilhoite lined up at inside linebacker next to Patrick Willis (who made the best defensive play of the day by intercepting McLeod Bethel-Thompson in a 7-on-7 period.
5. Roll Call and More Notes
Harbaugh said Alex Boone and Vernon Davis had not taken part in the voluntary OTA sessions thus far. Frank Gore has been working out in the morning at team headquarters, but he has not joined the OTAs. Joe Looney and Vance McDonald took their spots with the first team offense at right guard and tight end, respectively. Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James took the bulk of running back reps. Elsewhere on the offensive line, Adam Snyder lined up at right tackle for Anthony Davis, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. One more offensive line note, Jonathan Martin missed the workout as he’s recovering from mononucleosis.
Other 49ers who didn’t practice were nose tackle Ian Williams (ankle), cornerback Chris Culliver (knee), defensive tackle Justin Smith (unknown), wide receiver Jon Baldwin (unknown), plus rookie defensive back Jimmie Ward (foot), cornerback Keith Reaser (knee) and fullback Trey Millard (knee).
Fourth-round draft pick Dontae Johnson had an impressive pass-breakup on a ball thrown to Kassim Osgood during one-one-one drills. Johnson reached in at the last second and knocked the ball out of the veteran receiver’s hands… Jack Harbaugh was on the sideline to watch his son’s practice. He also attended last weekend's rookie camp… Jim Harbaugh wore high-top turf cleats, but wasn’t “cleats on” for the session… New tight ends coach Eric Mangini used a gauntlet-like bag drill for his position group to simulate deep receptions during the individual portion of practice… Defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye chased down Darryl Morris during a kick return period. Okoye was lined up as a gunner had received several “oohs” from teammates after chasing down the speedy cornerback along the sideline.