The 49ers opened up their second week of training camp with another padded practice. Along with the usual warmups, individual drills and team drills we saw 7-on-7 goal line drills for the first time this camp. There were good plays by both the offense and defense.
Here they are:
Just like old times
C.J. Beathard with a little play action, rolled out and hit George Kittle deep to the right sideline for a 35 yard plus completion. Chanceller James was in coverage to the inside but the ball was placed perfectly where only Kittle could make a play on the ball.
With Trent Taylor still not getting much in team reps, Richie James got a chance with the ones. He showed what he could do when given the chance when Jimmy Garoppolo connected with him for a 40 yard completion to the right side while being covered by Adrian Colbert. Ahkello Witherspoon was on the inside.
The Sack Machine
DeForest Buckner continues to dominate on the defensive line. He had several would be sacks and even more pressures. At one point in practice he had two “sacks” in two plays. If he’s not in the backfield, he’s disrupting the play with his long arms and making Garoppolo throw around him or swatting down passes.
It’s Celek Time
Garoppolo rolled out to the right under pressure and found his target in Garrett Celek on the right sideline. Jaquiski Tartt was in coverage so close that Celek could only get one hand on the ball but he managed to pull it in for a 15 yard gain.
The Corner Fade
We all have a little PTSD from Richard Sherman covering the corner fade. Well, it happened in practice. Garoppolo to Pierre Garcon to the right corner of the end zone. You know what happened. The same thing that always happens. Sherman with the PBU.
Family vs. Family
The best play of the day was a violation of the family code of friendliness. It looked like it was going to be a 30 yard gain with a clean looking pass from Garoppolo to Marquise Goodwin in the middle of the field. But alas, that was not what happened.
Here’s how Kyle Shanahan described it:
“Yeah, it was just a play action. It’s funny, our middle-third safeties never cut anything. We usually have someone just run through that guy on that play so we can throw underneath, but they never cut anything so we took Pierre and put him on a different route just in case Marquise wasn’t open. Of course, the one time we did it, [S Adrian] Colbert didn’t back up and made a great key. I think he was flat-footed because of the run fake and then shot his guns and made the catch and got a pick-six, so it was a hell of a play by him.”
There were several NSFW comments and gestures that were yelled back and forth between the cousins from across the field after that. Pretty entertaining.