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Golden Nuggets: 1st Day Of OTAs In The Books

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Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet

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The 1st day of OTAs under Chip Kelly officially kicked off on Tuesday. And the practice lived up to Chip's reputation. It was fast. The offense was running plays in 15 seconds. Blaine Gabbert led the 1st team offense, Thad Lewis led the 2nd unit and Jeff Driskel led the 3rd unit. Colin Kaepernick will be in competition for the starting job, but he is still working his way back from surgery.

The offensive line will have battles for the starting spots. On the 1st day, the 1st team offense ran out an offensive line consisting of Erik Pears at right tackle, Brandon Thomas at right guard, Daniel Kilgore at center, Zane Beadles at left guard and the cornerstone of the line Joe Staley at left tackle. The 2nd unit trotted out Trent Brown, Andrew Tiller, Marcus Martin, Ian Silberman, and Colin Kelly. Joshua Garnett, the rookie guard who was drafted in the 1st round of the draft, is unable to attend until he graduates Stanford.

On defense, NaVorro Bowman was joined by Gerald Hodges as the starting inside linebackers. Jimmie Ward started as the starting right corner in the 1st team defense. In the nickel, he moved over to the slot and Tramaine Brock, the starting left corner, was teamed up with Dontae Johnson.

The rookies took their snaps with the 3rd team units as they play catch up with the 49er veterans. They will have their chances later on in the offseason to work with the other units in a battle for roster spots.

49ers Links

Boldin On A Mission Trip (

Coming soon | Colin/Blaine Duel (Lynch)

Colin Not Cleared (Inman)

Learning the offense | Colin Not Falling Behind (Maiocco)

"There's Not A Race" (Hille)

The competition will last awhile | Chip Taking His Time With QBs (Smith)

Needs to take the next step and make an impact | Jimmie Ward's Role (Biderman)

OTA Notes (Inman)

Chip Knew Kap Would Stay (

1st OTA Practice (Barrows)

The Good/Not So Good (Cohn)

49ers Notes (Maiocco)

Get healthy and let us see what he has | Rehabbing (Biderman)

QB Race (Inman)

Start Of OTAs (Fann)

15 Observations (Price)

He can make that transition fairly easy | Bruce Miller: Newest TE (Barrows)

With Kap out, that is easy to understand | Blaine: Incumbent (Inman)

Blaine Chats With Reporters (Cohn)

QB Battle (Barrows)

Blaine Learning New Offense (Branch)

OTA Notes (Branch)

We will see it soon | Blaine Eager To Compete (Emerick)

Bruce has always been productive | From FB To TE (Biderman)

No. Probably not | Sproles To The 49ers? (Felice)


Ronald Blair Highlights (49ers Video)

Gabbert Embracing Competition (49ers Video)

Kap-Kelly Relationship (NFL Video)

Want to see what he can do | Buckner Recaps 1st Few Weeks (49ers Video)

Bruce's New Role (49ers Video)

Kap Participates In Practice (Sacramento Bee Video)

Eager to see what he can do | Eric Rogers' Transition (49ers Video)

Don't you worry. You will be competing for a spot | Smelter Wants To Compete (49ers Video)

Jimmie Ward (49ers Video)