The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up another day of practice on Sunday, and this one was punctuated with some serious live contact. The team will have Monday off, so I'm guessing the coaching staff figured players could get the contact practice in before a day of R&R. The team will be back at practice on Tuesday. Here are the six practice recaps, along with photos of the day from 49ers.com (source of the picture above).
Goal line drills
The team closed out practice with some live contact goal line drills. There has not been a ton of full contact work, so this livened things up a bit. The big names did not participate (Staley, Vernon, Hyde, etc), but plenty of players got opportunities to make some plays.
It sounds like the offensive play of the day might have come courtesy of Jarryd Hayne. He got a goal line handoff, broke an L.J. McCray tackle, and got the ball across the goal line amidst a swarm of defenders. He is used to physicality, but now it is a matter of getting used to it in full pads.
On the defensive side of the ball, it sounds like Tank Carradine had himself a solid day. His primary role will likely be nickel defensive tackle, but with his size, he could work his way into the mix in goal line situations. He along with Quinton Dial, Vance McDonald and Quinton Patton will combine to really tell us what to make of Trent Baalke's performance in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Reggie Bush is getting into the mix
The 49ers free agent addition had two red zone touchdown receptions from Colin Kaepernick. After sitting out team drills for most of the last week, Bush is working his way into the mix. He will be a key option out of the backfield if he can stay healthy, adding another speed element along with Torrey Smith and Vernon Davis.
We've heard about some of the notable rookies the last week, but second year linebacker Shayne Skov. The 49ers had him on their practice squad most of last year, and it sounds like he has had a couple strong days this week. The absences of Philip Wheeler and Michael Wilhoite have presented Skov with a huge opportunity.
It does not sound like there were any notable injuries during Sunday's practice. There were several players absent while dealing with a variety of ailments:
DT Quinton Dial - sore knee
WR Bruce Ellington - muscle strain
WR Chuck Jacobs - ankle
CB Leon McFadden - toe contusion
LB Philip Wheeler - muscle strain