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49ers training camp practice recap, 8/8: Arik Armstead seems to be impressing

The San Francisco 49ers are less than a week away from their first preseason game. Rookie defensive lineman Arik Armstead is impressing, and maybe we see more of him in the preseason opener.

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The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up another day of practice on Saturday. It was a fairly low key session as the team went with shells instead of full pads. Shells means helmets and shoulder pads, but no other pads. Thus, it was not a full contact practice.

While it was not full contact, Matt Barrows did report things got a little feisty at times. Ahmad Brooks blew past Trent Brown and got a little physical in "sacking" Colin Kaepernick. He did not actually take him to the ground, but there was contact. Additionally, Desmond Bishop apparently had a physical moment in which he ran into Vance McDonald. I have a hunch things could get a little feistier as the team gets closer to their first real game. Training camp practices are important, but players can get a little fed up with things.

Arik Armstead is continuing to show up with positive reviews in practice reports. It is no surprise he would show up in the report, but Grant Cohn also had some positive comments:

Perhaps the most powerful bull-rusher on the defensive line. Almost every time he participates in one-on-one pass-rushing drills, he gets his hands under the offensive lineman's pads and pushes him back about 10 yards.

Most of us figured he would spend much of his first year learning and developing, but could he end up as a significant contributor in his rookie season? This is going to be a story to track.

This is a bit delayed and I can't get into more detail, but here are the practice recaps available right now. I have also included a link to Chris Biderman's stock report for risers and fallers at each position.
Matt Barrows
Grant Cohn

Chris Biderman risers and fallers through first week