■ TE Zach Sudfeld did a nice job slowing down Rob Ninkovich.
■ Dobson is really great at getting off the line of scrimmage, and was wide open throughout the practice. He completely schooled DB Justin Green on one play, was able to shake free from Alfonzo Dennard and badly faked out Ras-I Dowling. Thompkins showed good shake while eluding Talib on a bubble screen. Arrington did a nice job jamming Danny Amendola at the line of scrimmage.
■ Based on three days of camp, the top four performers at wide receiver have been Amendola, Boyce, Thompkins and Kamar Aiken. Josh Boyce is starting to come on. Michael Jenkins falling behind. Rookie Quintin Sims also shows some flashes and could be a candidate for practice squad. Amendola, meanwhile, has shown impressive technique as a route-runner and is clearly the most polished receiver on the field.
■ RB Stevan Ridley fumbled four times last year, and had a bad case of the butterfingers on Sunday. He fumbled twice in practice, including once in a goal line drill in which he was stripped by Wilfork. Each time, he was forced to run the length of the field as punishment. LeGarrette Blount was the only other running back to participate in the goal line drill, and scored a touchdown with a nice second effort.
■ Pretty horrible day for Dowling, who is competing with Arrington and Dennard for a spot opposite Talib. Right now Dowling is clearly third in that group, and may also be behind Ryan as well, although the rookie third-rounder hasn’t looked great so far.
■ S Steve Gregory continues to take a few reps with the top unit, although Adrian Wilson is the favorite to start. DE Chandler Jones took some snaps as a stand-up rusher, which he didn’t do last year. Francis, Forston and Cunningham took some snaps with the first unit, although it may just be so the coaching staff can take a better look at them against the top competition.
Monday’s practice (in stadium, season ticket-holders only): 6:30-9 p.m.
Tuesday’s practice: 1:30-4 p.m.
Thursday: Practice TBD