The San Francisco 49ers welcomed Solomon Thomas to a full practice on Saturday, which was arguably the biggest news of the 49ers second day of practice. The team returns to the field on Sunday for their first fully padded practice, but in the meantime, it’s time for another look at what went down. Jennifer Chan will be back later today with a look at some of the biggest plays on both sides of the ball, and then a broader recap Sunday morning.
Solomon Thomas arrives
We discussed the depth chart machinations earlier this afternoon. Thomas is practicing with the second team, playing strong side defensive end in the base defense, and defensive tackle in the nickel. It sounds like he is off to a good start, with this report (these are three separate plays, not all at once).
#49ersCamp Notes - Day 2: Solomon Thomas has a very good first day. Beat a double team, batted down a pass and met the RB in the backfield.— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) July 29, 2017
Trent Taylor keeping busy
There was a lot of love for rookie wide receiver Trent Taylor today. It sounds like he was catching everything his way, mixing time between the slot and outside. Jeremy Kerley is the team’s starting slot receiver, but it’s going to be interesting to see if he supplants Kerley at some point.
Will Redmond is still around
The 49ers signed K’Waun Williams to compete at nickel back, after Redmond spent his rookie season on injured reserve. Reports from camp suggest Redmond had a big day on Saturday. By all accounts he remains firmly No. 2 in the nickel back competition. Can he sufficiently impress over the next month to supplant Williams?
Marquise Goodwin big play
We’ll have more on this later today, but Goodwin broke through the defense thanks to a brief communication issue. The 49ers motioned into a new look, and in the split second it took for the defense to communicate the change, the 49ers snapped the ball and Goodwin blew past the defense. He’s had a big first two days, and it seems like he could be looking at a busy season.
Lorenzo Jerome forces turnovers
The 49ers UDFA has been the second team free safety with Jimmie Ward out, and continues to be a playmaker. He had an interception on Saturday, which the beat writers believe is his fourth pick dating back to the offseason workout program. Interceptions are not the only indicator of success for evaluation, but it certainly keeps him firmly on the radar.
@navorro_bowman working one-on-one with Linebackers coach Johnny Holland on staying square at the LOS (line of scrimmage) while using proper base and hand placement when leveraging his powerful stack-and-shed technique during today's practice. -#BEASTwriter #49ers #NinerFans #NinerEmpire #ForeverFaithful