We’ve made it. After a month and a half break, the San Francisco 49ers report to training camp today. Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch will be available to speak to the media at 11 a.m. PT this morning. On Saturday, the Niners will take the field for practice at 10:15, and we’ll be off for the next five months or so.
To get you ready for the next weeks, I’ve compiled all the necessary information about the Niners training camp here.
If you plan to attend, practices will be held at the SAP Performance Facility, which is located next to Levi’s Stadium.
4949 Marie P. DeBartolo Way
Santa Clara, California, 95054
Dates to remember
Friday, July 26: Veterans and rookies report to SAP Performance Facility
Saturday, July 27: First full-squad practice
Saturday, August 10: The 49ers host the Dallas Cowboys in the first preseason game of 2019 at Levi’s Stadium at 6:00 p.m. PT.
Friday & Saturday, August 16-17: Ahead of the 49ers second preseason matchup against the Denver Broncos, the teams will hold two joint practices at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, CO.
Monday, August 19: San Francisco faces the Denver Broncos in the second exhibition game of 2019, held at Broncos Stadium at Mile High at 5:00 p.m. PT. The game will be shown on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Saturday, August 24: The Niners travel to Kansas City for a dress rehearsal against the Chiefs at 5:00 p.m. PT.
Thursday, August 29: The Niners host the Los Angeles Chargers in the final preseason game at Levi’s Stadium at 7:00 p.m. PT in what will be the final audition for nearly 40 players.
Saturday, August 31: Roster cut-down to maximum of 53 players by 1:00 p.m. PT.
Sunday, September 1: After 10:00 a.m. PT, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of 10 players.
September 5, 8-9: Week 1 of the 2019 regular season opens as the 49ers travel to Tampa and take on the Buccaneers on Sunday, September 8th.
At some point today, the 49ers will finalize the list of players they will place on the PUP list. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said he expects to be fully cleared, but many of his supporting cast may start training camp on the sidelines. Here are the possible players:
- RB Jerick McKinnon
- TE Garrett Celek
- C Weston Richburg
- CB Jason Verrett
- LB Kwon Alexander
- DB D.J. Reed
- WR Jalen Hurd
- LB Azeez Al-Shaair
McKinnon has only been seen running along the sideline. He has yet to practice with the team.
Celek still needs to be cleared from a concussion and also is still recovering from back surgery. This could be a possible injured/waive situation, like Erick Magnuson on Thursday.
Richburg underwent knee and quadriceps surgery in January. He didn’t practice during the offseason, though I wonder if waiving Magnuson means Richburg could be ready before the team anticipated.
Verrett ruptured an Achillies last year during a conditioning camp. As much as I want to see him in training camp, I would have zero problems with the 49ers rolling him out Week 1.
Kwon has yet to practice, but he did have workouts on his Instagram recently, and he looked like he wouldn’t have any setbacks. There shouldn’t be any rush with Alexander, either.
Reed has shoulder surgery. Al-Shaair is coming off an ACL tear.
Hurd suffered a knee injury at the end of Baylor’s season that kept him out of the Senior Bowl. There must have been a setback where Hurd reaggravated the injury. If he didn’t make progress this month, I’d bet he starts camp on the PUP list.
Don’t be surprised if there are rest days given to veterans to manage their workload.
Four Position battles to keep an eye on
Mike Person received a three-year extension in March due to his dependability and toughness. Will a veteran like Ben Garland take his spot? Former first-rounder Joshua Garnett stay healthy and finally put it all together? Or a UDFA like Ross Reynolds come out of nowhere and steal the show?
Richard Sherman is going to start. Ahkello Witherspoon and Jason Verrett will duke it out for the spot opposite Sherman, while K’Waun Williams looks to hold off Reed in the slot. Verrett is the ultimate wildcard here, as he has shown the ability to excel at an All-Pro level both inside and out.
Running back roles
Like wide receiver, who starts isn’t as important as who is getting touches in specific situations. Who is going to be the Niners red zone and short-yardage back? Will Shanahan ride the hot hand, or is it going to be the Tevin Coleman show on the ground, with Matt Breida and McKinnon getting most of their touches through the air? Ironically, Coleman is probably the best receiver of the group.
Once Jimmie Ward returns, he’ll likely return to the starting lineup as well. Let’s say that it’s a few weeks from now. During that time, Adrian Colbert has relished in the new role that allows him to use his speed to come forward and make plays, not just backward. Let’s say Tarvarius Moore still needs time getting used to safety, but Jaquiski Tartt is making plays all over the field. Do the Niners run more packages that involve three safeties, or is Robert Saleh stubborn and will leave a cornerback that isn’t as effective, but hey, he’s a cornerback, so he has to be on the field.
Niners Nation coverage
Rob Lowder will be manning our twitter handle while he is there. He’ll deliver live updates and play by plays to the point where you’re sick of it. We’ve discussed him going on Periscope after to answer any questions you have. There will be recaps after practice as well.
As we get closer to the season, we will be bringing at least two more podcasts to the site. They’re not for everyone, but it will be more general topics that happen in the day-to-day 49er life. Expect a live postgame podcast right after games when emotions are flying high and everyone should either be fired or instantly entered into the Hall of Fame.
During camp, we might do something as simple as a 15-20 minute recap of practice.
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