SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Day 2 of minicamp from inside Levi's Stadium wasn't exactly filled to the brim with highlights. The San Francisco 49ers' offense spent the majority of the day working on its running game and conservative passing plays.
But there was one exception.
Midway through the afternoon period, Vernon Davis flashed back to 2013, and was the target of a Colin Kaepernick 45-yard bomb down the left seam, beating linebacker Nick Moody and cornerback Ken Acker down field for what would have been a long touchdown.
It was the kind of play that was noticeably absent from San Francisco's attack in 2014, when it struggled to compliment its run-first approach with plays deep down field. Davis, of course, is coming off arguably his worst season as a pro, but has drawn nothing but rave reviews this spring.
This time last year, Davis was holding out with two years remaining on his contract. But once training camp arrived late last July, he showed up on time and was a model citizen. This year, he was an active participant in voluntary sessions before this week and hasn't made a peep about his contract that is set to expire after the coming season.
--The other highlight of the day was a Jaquiski Tartt interception of Kaepernick in the end zone, who was looking for Torrey Smith on a post route from the left. Tartt had inside leverage on Smith and was able to stay in front of him to make the pick. It looked like a ball that shouldn't have been thrown.
--Tuesday, outside linebacker Aldon Smith was shut down early in the session after getting stepped on. He didn't participate in Wednesday's practice and will be shut down until the start of training camp in late-July.
Head coach Jim Tomsula Wednesday said Smith's injury originally occurred during the voluntary sessions.
"It's aggravated," Tomsula said. "We're not going to push it. He's got the ice bags on and there's really nothing else to do, just ice bag. But, he got stepped on. If it was something in the season, we'd play right through."
Brock is coming off a 2014 season in which he appeared in just three games because of a toe injury sustained in Week 1, while Wright is working through tightness in his legs, according to Tomsula.
"They both were tight. Shareece was just a little tight," said Tomsula. "Brock has been in and out, we've been going back and forth there. Just making sure we're bringing that full load back with his legs. But, Tramaine's doing well."
--Practice was supposed to end, but the 49ers' offense wanted to go best of three against the defense after two 2-minute drills.
So far, it appears the 49ers have been having a good deal of fun during minicamp with competitive banter echoing throughout Levi's Stadium. During team drills, the defense has set up on the visitor's sideline with the offense on the home side. It's allowed for a competitive, game-like environment.
The obvious qualifiers: it's June, and players are still not wearing pads.
--There was a light rain for a majority of Wednesday's practice, but the grass inside Levi's appeared to hold up well. Players were not slipping, nor was there an excess of grass chunks coming up leaving divots.
It's still early, but it appears the issues with the sod and its base layer from 2014 have been rectified.