The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their first practice of training camp on Thursday, putting in a 90-minute session. They don’t get into pads until Saturday, but this first practice offered some insight into the starting lineup and notable reserves.
There were no surprises on the defensive side of the ball in the 49ers basic 4-3 look.
The #49ers’ starting defense on Day 1 of #49ersCamp:— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) July 26, 2018
RDE: Solomon Thomas
RDT: DeForest Buckner
LDT: Earl Mitchell
LDE: Arik Armstead
SLB: Eli Harold
MLB: Brock Coyle
WLB: Reuben Foster
RCB: Ahkello Witherspoon
LCB: Richard Sherman
SS: Jaquiski Tartt
FS: Adrian Colbert
Kyle Shanahan said on Wednesday that Brock Coyle would get the start while Malcolm Smith was on the NFI list, and that held up. Richard Sherman will practice the first two days, then get a day off. During Thursday’s practice, he would run two reps then rest then back in the lineup. The team is taking their time with Sherman.
The 49ers second string secondary included Jimmie Ward and Tarvarius Moore at cornerback, and D.J. Reed and Chanceller James at the safety positions, according to Eric Crocker.
Moore grabbed an interception, ripping a ball out of the hands of Dante Pettis on a 50/50 opportunity. The rookie is converting from safety to cornerback, and received a lot of praise during the offseason workout program. He faces a lot of competition for a move up the depth chart, however. Witherspoon and Sherman would seem to be locked in as the starters, while Jimmie Ward could be the super sub who is the first DB off the bench. What kind of role can Moore earn in his rookie season?