The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their first day of practice, and it sounds like it was a good one for rookie linebacker Reuben Foster. He had an interception return for a touchdown off of C.J. Beathard during 7-on-7 drills.
Foster missed all team drills during the offseason workout program due to his pre-Combine shoulder surgery. He did individual drills, but Friday marked his first time taking part in full team activities. The 49ers played him at the weak side (WILL) linebacker position. Malcolm Smith is getting the start there at this point. Per Matt Barrows, Foster started drills with the third team, but also rotated into the second team near the end.
After practice, head coach Kyle Shanahan told the media that Foster is starting out at WILL, but will likely get some cross-training elsewhere. The depth chart is fluid for the time being as they figure out which players fit best where. And for any rookie, even a first round pick, showing versatility is important.
The 49ers have only conducted one practice, so we can’t make any grand conclusions, but it is easy to get excited about Foster.