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49ers minicamp recap, Day 3: Defense leads the way, with minor bumps and bruises

The San Francisco 49ers closed out minicamp with a solid day from the defense. We take a look at the recaps.

The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up minicamp on Thursday, and the veterans are all departing for wherever they will spend the remainder of the offseason. Rookies will be back next week, and then they’ll be off on their own as well. I imagine every player has some kind of plan in place, coordinated with the coaching staff in some manner.

We’re back for a recap of the recaps, with more from Jennifer Chan tonight and tomorrow. A day after the offense shined, the 49ers defense closed out the minicamp with a strong showing. It sounds like they were nabbing picks left and right. I imagine between now and the first preseason game, we're going to see both sides have days where they shine.

The offense did have its moments, with some of the younger receivers shining. Dres Anderson seems to be impressing a lot of folks. He saw zero preseason snaps last year, so we’ll see what this coming August brings for him. Vance McDonald also apparently had another strong day. If he can carry this momentum into training camp, maybe the tight end depth chart will suddenly look a little better!

Depth chart

  • Ray-Ray Armstrong got first team ILB work in the final practice of minicamp. He is competing with Gerald Hodges and Michael Wilhoite for the spot next to NaVorro Bowman
  • Trent Brown’s injury led to John Theus getting more work. He and Fahn Cooper split time on first and second team work, but Jennifer Chan spotted him getting some first team work as well during 11-on-11 drills.
  • Aaron Burbridge moved up to working with the second team offense, while DiAndre Campbell split time between the first and second team offense. The 49ers late round and UDFA receivers are getting a lot of work thrown their way.

Injury report

  • OT Trent Brown injured either his knee or lower leg working the sled at one point. He was held out of team drills, but the belief is that the injury is not serious.
  • CB Chris Davis went down with an ankle or lower leg injury. He was able to walk it off, and did not appear to have a limp after practice.
  • Dontae Johnson and DeAndre Smelter continued to sit out team drills, thus unable to participate in on-field work for the full minicamp.
  • Other than that, the team emerged from the offseason program relatively unscathed. Huzzah!

Practice reports

Matt Maiocco

Matt Barrows

Cam Inman

Grant Cohn