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What we learned from week 3 of 49ers OTAs, a baker's dozen

There were a few new tweaks for week three of the 49ers OTAs and we have pictures of the screens used in practice.

Another week of OTAs for the San Francisco 49ers is in the books and Niners Nation was in attendance to give you all of the details. A lot of the depth chart lineups looked the same with a few adjustments. Here's what we learned:

  • Colin Kaepernick was throwing the ball during warm ups but not during any other portion of the practice. He still shadowed the working QBs in terms of footwork and body positioning during 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s.
  • WR Devon Cajuste was back on the field for the entire practice. Ahmad Brooks joined the team during period 18 which is a teaching segment. (There are a total of 25 periods.)
  • 1st round pick DeForest Buckner did some work with the 2s today where as he was with the 3s the past two weeks.
  • The DL worked on the sleds, a lot. There were on the sleds deep into the 8th period and they would return to them during 7-on-7s.
  • The OL worked on the sleds as well.
  • Joe Staley reported that his chemistry with new addition Zane Beadles is progressing nicely and that rookies Fahn Cooper and John Theus are picking up the system very quickly. He is also very impressed with Alex Balducci whose footwork is very accurate for someone who was recently on the defensive side of the ball.
  • There were a few new faces fielding returns. WRs Bryce Treggs and Bruce Ellington continued to return along with WR Jerome Simpson, RB DuJuan Harris and CB Chris Davis.
  • Blaine Gabbert and Thad Lewis fell victim to the 'bug men' once each, which was an improvement from last week. The screens were a little less aggressive this week, not encroaching as much on the QB as in the past. There were two different types of screens this week.
  • It was a better day for the secondary than the WR group. There were PBUs by Jimmie Ward, Shayne Skov, Prince Charles Iworah and a pass tipped by Antoine Bethea and almost intercepted by Eric Reid. The one interception for the day was made by Keith Reaser.
  • Torrey Smith made one of the most impressive catches of the day. It was a high pass that he ended up holding on to with both hands behind his head.
  • The practices are fast paced but the fast paced portions alternate with "teaching" periods that are slower. It's similar to interval training.
  • OL 1s included Joe Staley, Zane Beadles, Daniel Kilgore, Andrew Tiller and Erik Pears. OL 2s included John Theus, Blake Muir, Marcus Martin, Ian Silberman and Fahn Cooper. OL 3s consisted of Norman Price, Blake Muir, Alex Balducci, Colin Kelly and John Theus. Joshua Garnett is still in school and according to Chris Biderman, Trent Brown was attending a family graduation. Brandon Thomas did not participate in team drills but did work during position drills.
  • Phil Dawson, who usually doesn't return to the facility until the mandatory portion of the offseason was on the field today.

It seems that players are getting more accustomed to the pace of the practice. We will learn a lot more next week during mandatory minicamp where media will have access Tuesday through Thursday.