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49ers training camp recap, 7/31: A little more offensive, defensive balance

The injuries keep racking up in the secondary, d-line still impressing as is Hoyer to Garçon.

The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their first week of training camp with a second day in pads. It was a more balanced day than the previous where the defense dominated. The team has a day off before they resume practice at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2nd.

Injury report

The injuries to the secondary keep mounting but the team must not think that the issues are that serious because they added two wide receivers to the roster instead of adding a DB or safety. Jaquiski Tartt left practice with a rib injury a third of the way through the practice session which led to Vinnie Sunseri and Lorenzo Jerome playing first team reps at the safety positions. Eric Reid (ankle) and Keith Reaser (knee) remain day-to-day and Jimmie Ward is expected back for the preseason game vs. Denver. J.P. Flynn is out with a knee injury with no other details.


The 49ers waived/injured WR B.J. Johnson (hamstring) and LB Jimmie Gilbert (ACL) who will need surgery. They claimed two wide receivers, Louis Murphy and Tim Patrick.

The Brian Hoyer to Pierre Garçon connection

This combination has been on display in training camp as it was in OTAs. The two have been giving solid performances that show that their chemistry is building. Consistent production from both players should be a given during the regular season.

Marquise Goodwin isn’t just good for speed

It’s clear as you watch Goodwin that very few people in the NFL will be able to keep up with him in a footrace. What makes him even more valuable is his development as a crisp, intermediate route runner. While he caught two deep passes, one each from Hoyer and C.J. Beathard, he also caught two short passes from Hoyer as well.

The defensive line is consistently disruptive

They may not have been as dominating as the day before but the 49ers defensive line is formidable. There were sacks by Aaron Lynch, Solomon Thomas, Chris Jones and Arik Armstead who also tipped a pass. Quinton Dial also got his mitts on a pass which led to Aaron Lynch’s interception.

The young secondary stepping up while getting reps

There were several PBUs on the day by the beleaguered secondary unit. Will Davis, Donavin Newsom and Chanceller James all prevented completions by the offense.

The rookies are learning and growing

The younger members of the 49ers are making an impact. Reuben Foster recorded another interception, his third of training camp. With George Kittle day-to-day with a hamstring injury, Cole Hikutini took some reps with the 1s, 2s and 3s. Trent Taylor, Victor Bolden and Kendrick Bourne all made dynamic catches.

Running back by committee?

Tim Hightower took the first snap with the offense and Carlos Hyde took the second. Is this significant? Probably not. The two split reps with the 1s throughout the course of the day. Their performances were similar, outside of Hyde recovering his own fumble. at the beginning of team drills.

The players have Tuesday off and will return to the practice field on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m PT.