The 49ers opened up practice to the media for the second time during OTAs and we got another glimpse of what the team is working on during the offseason. They had their usual 11-on-11 sessions, individual drills, and learning sessions. Something new this week was a drill with five coaches or assistants acting as receivers working against five members of the secondary and one linebacker and...Kyle Shanahan standing in at quarterback. He had decent release and pretty good zip on the ball but his passes were broken up a few times. Unfortunately, he grabbed at his hamstring after one of the later plays, so he may not be a full participant at the next practice open to the media.
Here’s what we learned at the second open OTA practice:
The are going to work Reuben Foster back in slowly
Foster is back at practice but he did not particpate in team drills or group position drills at all. He worked on an individual basis with strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright until practice was nearly over. He joined his teammates on the sidelines to support them during end zone 11-on-11s. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh reported to the media after practice that there is no need to rush Foster back into the fold.
Trent Taylor and Jerick McKinnon did not practice
While McKinnon was suited up and participated in position drills, he did not participate in team drills in 11-on-11s at all. 49ers PR did not have any clarification on why this was the case but we will update as soon as we hear. Trent Taylor still seems to be struggling with a nagging back issue. He did not dress for practice or work with the strength and conditioning staff while we were on the field. He did, however, spend time on the field during practice.
Sheldon Day is having a great OTAs session
Day recorded an interception of a deflected pass as well as a swat/PBU of a pass at the line of scrimmage. The team is not wearing pads and the practice is non-contact but Day also got past the offensive line facing the 2s for what would have been a “sack.”
Marquise Goodwin shows his speed
There are plays that just stand out when you watch practice and watching Goodwin easily get separation from Jimmie Ward on a deep route was something that made us all take note. Unfortunately for the offense, Jimmy Garoppolo under threw the ball and allowed Ward to break up the pass that would have been a touchdown. No need to worry though, this is only OTAs and Garoppolo will learn how far ahead of Goodwin he can and will need to throw.
Kendrick Bourne has a stand out day
While week one was a little more quiet for Bourne, he was all over the field making plays in week two. He connected with Garoppolo on a deep pass to the right sideline while being covered by Ward and caught another Garoppolo pass for a touchdown while being double covered by Korey Toomer and Adrian Colbert in end zone drills.
Matt Breida is not someone to sleep on
With McKinnon not taking reps in 11-on-11s Breida got the call. He took advantage of the opportunity by showing how he can run downhill between the tackles. He is listed on the roster at 5’11 180 lbs., but runs like he weighs a solid 230.