SANTA CLARA – Here’s who stood out throughout Saturday’s instruction camp practice.
- TE Ross Dwelley. Caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo on the second play of practice. Not surprising to correct Dwelley connoisseurs like you and me. Here’s what is surprising, although: The truth that Kyle Shanahan named a deep shot for Dwelley on the second play of practice. I guess Shanahan sees what all of us have noticed for weeks – Dwelleys a high-quality player.
- TE George Kittle. Ran a seam route by means of the middle of the defense and created a 20-yard touchdown catch more than Malcolm Smith’s head. Kittle has created at least a dozen spectacular contested catches this offseason. I nonetheless can not think the 49ers didn’t throw him far more passes in the finish zone final season. Missed chance.
- CB Jason Verrett. Broke up a pass intended for Dante Pettis throughout a single-on-a single drills in the red zone when Pettis ran a fade route to the back pylon.
- WR Dante Pettis. Beat Verrett with a dodge route in the finish zone throughout a single on ones. Pettis ran straight upfield, faked a move to the outdoors and instantaneously reduce back inside. Verrett couldn’t preserve up with the second reduce. Pettis also created a good catch more than the middle when operating a dig route. Final year, he in all probability would have shied away from attempting to catch that pass, which suggests he’s enhancing. He nonetheless requires to strengthen his hands and fight defensive backs for 50-50 passes.
- WR Deebo Samuel. Ran a fade route to the back pylon and beat rookie Tim Harris Jr. for a 15-yard touchdown catch. Harris Jr. never ever turned his head to obtain the ball.
- WR Jalen Hurd. Gained 20 yards on a jet sweep, created a 5-yard catch on third-and-3 and caught a touchdown pass when operating a fade route throughout a single-on-ones. Beat Verrett for the touchdown catch. This practice was by far Hurd’s very best of instruction camp. He appears to be gaining self-assurance.
- WR Richie James. Created a 30-yard fingertip catch when diving to the ground. James has been a single of the very best receivers in camp. He just about definitely will make the final roster. Which suggests each Kendrick Bourne and Jordan Matthews are on the bubble.
- QB C.J. Beathard. Had his second excellent practice in a row. Completed 5 of six pass attempts. If he plays this properly throughout the preseason, the 49ers just may well be capable to trade him.
THE NOT SO Fantastic
- QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Completed 7 of 13 passes (54 %), against a defense missing DeForest Buckner, Dee Ford, Richard Sherman, Jimmie Ward and Ahkello Witherspoon. Telegraphed two throws and just about got intercepted after when he forced a pass more than the middle that hit security Jaquiski Tartt involving the numbers. Tartt dropped the ball. Not Garoppolo’s very best day, though he did throw that good deep pass to Dwelley.
- QB Nick Mullens. Completed only two of five passes, though a single pass was a throwaway when no a single was open. Also created the most challenging throw of the morning – a 20-yard completion to Raheem Mostert on third-and-10. Mostert ran a wheel route up the sideline. Mullens threw the ball ahead of Mostert turned his head, floated it more than Mostert’s shoulder with touch and hit him completely in stride.
- HC Kyle Shanahan. Most coaches would have structured today’s practice differently. The 49ers initial preseason game is precisely a single week from these days. When Jim Harbaugh was the coach, he normally had a reside-tackling period of practice a single week ahead of the initial preseason game to prepare players for violence. Harbaugh would line up the offense and defense in the red zone on the 3-yard line, close sufficient to the finish zone so that the collisions had been low-velocity and somewhat low-influence. Then, the players would play genuine football. Shanahan never ever has reside-speak to periods in instruction camp. Perhaps that is a single cause his teams struggle early in the season.
- LB Malcolm Smith. Gave up the 20-yard catch to Mostert on third-and-10 and the 20-yard touchdown catch Kittle in the red zone. In each circumstances, Smith failed to turn his head and find the football. He is a liability in coverage who must be a backup. Of course, we’ve recognized this considering the fact that 2016 when he was on the Raiders.
- The overall health of the defense. It seemed dominant the initial 3 days of camp, but now it is banged up. Buckner, Ford, Witherspoon and Ward all have missed at least two practices in a row. The 49ers say their injuries are minor. We’ll see.