Good morning folks, just a short and sweet version today, as I’ve got a pair of really big days coming up. Sunday’s practice brought a few things to take notice of, some of which are deserving of overreaction, and some which should be taken with a grain of salt. The first item is the health of Joshua Garnett - after a collision with a teammate, he was taken off the field for the remainder of the day with a knee injury. It’s been reported as being nothing to worry about, and his removal was precautionary. However, reps are at a premium for the young lineman, as this is a crucial training camp for him. Hopefully he returns by the next practice on Tuesday and there’s no story to develop or follow.
On the field, however, there are a few things to be apprised of. First, it seems like the defensive line had a dominating day. Jennifer Lee Chan’s review of the 11-on-11 snaps was littered with sacks, including a pair from second-year lineman Solomon Thomas. Of course, good news on one side of the ball can (and probably will) also be deciphered as trouble brewing for their counterparts.
The secondary seemed to have a down day, considering that they’ve been largely keeping things in front of them throughout the training camp practices. Sunday, however, including Jimmie Ward getting burned, leading to a collective souring on the beat writers’ opinions on his prospects as an outside corner. Of course, it’s too early to tell, but this storyline got a bit more interesting. On the other side, Marquise Goodwin put a shake on Richard Sherman at the line of scrimmage and toasted him down the field for a big gainer in individual drills. The clip circulating on Twitter looks bad, but do keep in mind that Sherman is returning from injury, and Goodwin is one of the fastest guys in the NFL.
To end on a good note, Jimmy Garoppolo made the most of opportunities to throw the deep ball, connecting over and over, looking much more comfortable than he had in previous practices.
The team has Monday off from practices, and will resume on Tuesday.
Day 4 review | Inman, Mercury | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area | Branch, SF Gate | Branch (2), SF Gate | Almquist, KNBR | Biderman, Ninerswire | Lowder, Ninerswire
On Laken Tomlinson’s progression | Branch, SF Gate
On Fred Warner acclimating to the 49ers | Almquist, KNBR