The 49ers ended the second week of training camp with several players taking time off due to injuries. Arik Armstead, Cole Hikutini, Brock Coyle, J.P. Flynn, Joshua Garnett, Cole Wick, Jerry Attaochu, Fred Warner and Dante Pettis all either sat out of practice or had limited reps/just worked in individual drills. During practice Richard Sherman’s hamstring tightened up after he went to the ground covering Pierre Garcon and Cassius Marsh sat out after his groin tightened up.
Kyle Shanahan simply explained that a lot of guys are tight and trying to “tough through it.” It’s really just a part of getting back into football shape and training camp. With those players out, a few rookies and lesser seen players had a chance to show what they could do.
Here are your top plays of the day for training camp on 8/3
Starting Out With A Bang
The first play of the day in 11-on-11s was a Jimmy Garoppolo hand off to Jerick McKinnon which was immediately stopped by a lively hit by Reuben Foster setting the tone for the day. Foster has been flying around since his return and looks to make a big impact this coming season.
The Usual Suspects
What will likely be a dependable combination this season showed itself in camp. Garoppolo connected with Pierre Garçon on a 30 yard pass to the left side. He was being covered by Richard Sherman and Malcolm Smith. Garcon was actually well covered but Garoppolo had excellent ball placement for him to be able to come down with it. This is actually the play were Sherman landed a little hard on the turf. It caused a tightening in his hamstring which held him out of practice the rest of the day.
DeForest Buckner continues to be a force on the defense. He got through the line and into Garoppolo’s face for a sack. The play continued but the pressure got the best of Garoppolo who missed an open Garcon and was picked off by Greg Mabin for an interception. Buckner got through for a “sack” at least another three times during the practice.
One Man Stand
Tow plays in a row Sheldon Day got into the back field to stop a red zone play. Both times it appeared that he beat second year tackle Pace Murphy. The first play he stopped Matt Breida well behind the line of scrimmage for a loss. In the second play he got past the line for a sack of Garoppolo. When the play continued the Garoppolo’s pass was completed to Aldrick Robinson.
Houston We Have A Problem
At the end of the red zone drills, Nick Mullens rolled out to the right side and threw the ball into the reaching arms of Terrell Williams Jr. The rookie from Houston jumped the route on a pass intended for Robinson and came down with the pick.
Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Mondays might be for Panda but Fridays are for George Kittle. The sophomore tight end was everywhere on the practice field. He caught a pass from former Iowa teammate C.J. Beathard and five more from Jimmy Garoppolo. One of the times he connected with Garoppolo was during red zone drills for a touchdown. Garoppolo, play action to McKinnon, completion to a wide open Kittle. The could be a reoccurring nightmare for opposing defenses this season.