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49ers minicamp practice recap, Day 1: Returning players, depth chart intrigue

Day 1 of minicamp is a wrap. We take a look at what was observed during the session.

The San Francisco 49ers were back at practice on Tuesday, kicking off the first of three straight days of practices open to the media. Jennifer Chan will be there Tuesday and Wednesday, at least, and will have a Tuesday practice recap tomorrow morning. In the meantime, I thought I would put together a bit of a recap of the beat writer recaps already out there. You can click on the individual recaps at the bottom. Below that, I've embedded the beat writer Twitter list again. There are some videos and pictures you can view in there.

Returning players

The team welcomed back a host of players in various capacities. Colin Kaepernick was the most notable, as he took part in individual drills and 7-on-7 work. The most important thing we learned today is that he is going to speak to the media on Thursday. This will be the first time he has addressed the media since the 2015 season. I can't imagine we should expect a lot of information, but it will be good to hear from him.

Joshua Garnett returned to practice, having had to sit out most of the last month until Stanford finished final exams. After he was drafted, Garnett took part in rookie minicamp, but since then has not been able to go to the 49ers facility. So getting back on Tuesday is a big step as he looks to make up for lost time. He worked at both right and left guard with the third unit.

Ahmad Brooks was back on the practice field. It sounds like he was doing individual drills, but not team drills. That would make sense in his progress back from whatever his injury was.

Depth chart

There was not a lot happening depth chart-wise, but one interesting note. Barrows said that while Trent Brown was the No. 2 right tackle at the start of team drills, John Theus had replaced him by the end of practice. Theus and Fahn Cooper have gotten praise thus far, so I would not be surprised to see extensive rotation at the right tackle position this week and early on in training camp. Erik Pears remains the starter. Fooch's update: Turns out Brown moved up to the first team right tackle and Erik Pears got some first team left tackle work.

Bruce Miller and Garrett Celek were handling a lot of first team tight end work. Cohn gave Vance McDonald positive marks, and Biderman said that McDonald was rotating in with the starters.

Bryce Treggs impressing

There were multiple reports highlighting Bryce Treggs, with Cohn and Maiocco both praising his work. He is getting some punt return work to go along with his receiver work, and some positional flexibility would certainly go a long way in earning the UDFA a roster spot.

Yes, there were smoothies

Injury report

  • Dontae Johnson suffered a leg injury toward the end of last Thursday's practice. He needed help to limp off the field. Johnson did not practice on Tuesday, instead watching from the sidelines. Both Barrows and Maiocco said the injury does not appear to be serious.
  • Torrey Smith tweaked something in the groin area late in practice. A trainer briefly looked at him, but later Smith said it was just cramps.
  • DeForest Buckner completed practice, but according to Cam Inman, was dealing with left shoulder pain over the final 20 minutes.

Practice recaps