The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up day three of practice, which was their first padded session of the preseason. The team used this session for some one-on-one drills, among other things. With players now getting a little more physical, we should see some players separate from the pack in roster competition. Additionally, it will be interesting to see if fights break out with physicality potentially getting players a little more fired up. This also marked the longest practice thus far, and the last before Wednesday’s day off.
I’ve posted the practice reports at the bottom, and will add more as they arrive. Jennifer Chan will have her own practice report Wednesday morning.
QB competition continues
The reports suggest Colin Kaepernick had the better day than Bliane Gabbert, with Cam Inman providing these numbers.
#49ers first padded practice goes 2:15 hours.— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 2, 2016
Gabbert 6/12, 3 in a row batted down
Kaepernick 7/11, nice 20-yarder to White
Ryan Sakamoto went on a bit of a rant about Kaepernick’s performance. He acknowledged Kaepernick was better than Gabbert, but pointed to various miscues, including staring down receivers. You can read more of Ryan’s tweets here.
Depth chart update
Inside linebacker: Ray-Ray Armstrong got the day three reps next to NaVorro Bowman. That’s three ILBs in three days.
Cornerback: Keith Reaser and Rashard Robinson were the two outside cornerbacks on the second team, behind Tramaine Brock and Jimmie Ward.
Safety: UDFA Lenny Jones got some reps next to Kenneth Acker at safety. Jaquiski Tartt opening training camp on the NFI list has provided some opportunities for non-traditional options at safety.
One-on-one drill updates
The 49ers ran a variety of one-on-one drills in their first padded practice session. Players on both sides of the ball stood out in one way or another. Trent Brown continues to handle first team right tackle, and received praise across the board for solid work against Ahmad Brooks in some one-on-one drills. Matt Barrows reported that Brown said his OTA/minicamp sluggishness was due in part to some injuries and illness in the spring. For the time being, he seems to be leading the way at right tackle, although Anthony Davis also looked good.
Arik Armstead has been getting a lot of praise for his work thus far, with some pointing to leadership qualities as well. He had a solid day in one-on-one drills, and like most defensive linemen, could see an uptick in the praise with pads and more contact happening.
49ers.com goes for the injury jinx
How could they think this was a good idea?!