The second practice of training camp is in the books for the San Francisco 49ers. The defense claimed another victory, continuing to clamp down on the offense during the team portions of practice. Garoppolo was held in check, with several members of the defense stepping up to make big plays, including a pair of turnovers.
Here’s our stock report after Day 2 of the 49ers training camp:
Stock up: CB Ahkello Witherspoon
Witherspoon had a bounce-back day after struggling on Saturday. He’s around the ball constantly throughout both the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 portions of practice. Witherspoon’s highlight play came during sevens, when he darted in front of a Jimmy Garoppolo pass intended for Dante Pettis, ripping the ball away coming down with the interception. Witherspoon also had a nice pass breakup during the team period, as well as a near interception on an overthrown pass.
Stock down: QB Jimmy Garoppolo
The entire offense struggled along with Garoppolo, but the 49ers’ franchise quarterback was unable to rise above the onslaught like he was on Day 1. Garoppolo only completed 5 of 12 passes during the 11-on-11 periods, routinely missing throws he’d usually make. He overthrew rookie Deebo Samuel on one play; the ball nearly picked off by both Witherspoon and safety Adrian Colbert. Garoppolo also threw an interception during 7-on-7s, leaving the ball too far in front of Pettis and allowing room for Witherspoon to dart in and make the grab.
Stock up: WR Trent Taylor
Taylor’s comeback is in full effect. The third-year receiver looks sprier than he did in 2018, after undergoing back surgery before the season. Taylor’s speed and quickness were on display Sunday when he took two passes for massive gains and possible touchdowns. During sevens, Taylor broke free over the middle and outraced the secondary to the corner of the endzone. During team, Taylor created separation from K’Waun Williams and again darted downfield after catch Garoppolo’s quick throw. His roster spot isn’t guaranteed, but Taylor seems to be in line for a big role this season if he makes the final roster.
Stock down: RB Tevin Coleman
Coleman had a good day, but turnovers instantly erase the best plays. Coleman rattled off some impressive runs on Sunday, including two to the right side that went for significant gains. He also reeled in a trio of short passes that he took for first downs. Unfortunately, on one run, Coleman had the ball punched out from behind by linebacker Fred Warner. It was a product of the defense’s relentless effort to create turnovers during practice, even if the ball-carrier would’ve been tackled long before. Coleman’s fumbles aren’t a new development, having put the ball on the ground seven times throughout his four-year career.
Stock up: WR Marquise Goodwin
Goodwin had a down year in 2018. Between injuries and the loss of newborn twins alongside his wife, Morgan, Goodwin’s struggles were understandable. Now the veteran wideout looks to recapture his 2017 form where he put together a career-year of 56 receptions for 962 yards. He began to establish himself on Sunday, emerging again as one of Garoppolo’s favorite targets. Goodwin reeled in several big receptions on both sides of the field. He had a chance for another against Sherman on a deep curl route but dropped the ball as he came back. Nonetheless, an encouraging start to camp for Goodwin.
Stock down: WR Jalen Hurd
Fights during training camp are understandable. It’s hot. It’s football. Things get heated. Hurd, unfortunately, found himself in the mix of two different scuffles on Sunday. The first with cornerback Dontae Johnson that resulted in Hurd throwing multiple punches to the body. The second skirmish went to the ground, with safety Antone Exum among the last to emerge from what became a massive pile of players. Both fights were born from Hurd’s physical style of blocking. If that’s the case, the coaching staff may be willing to overlook the fights. Shanahan after practice made it clear that he did not permit that type of behavior, describing it as a lack of control and liability. Hurd’s stock doesn’t take a massive hit, but it’s a trend worth watching as we move forward.
Stock up: CB Richard Sherman
Sherman’s presence on the 49ers is invaluable. The veteran cornerback is a constant influence, whether on or off the field. At one point, a third-string linebacker made an impressive run stuff, and Sherman came darting on to the field, offering words of encouragement. He made his fair share of plays, as well. Sherman followed receiver Jordan Matthews across the field, diving in front of Garoppolo’s pass to knock the ball to the ground. Pettis said after practice that Sherman consistently pushes the second-year receiver to improve, even letting him know when a route wasn’t up to par. Sherman is now two years removed from his torn Achilles, seemingly just as healthy as he is spirited.
Stay tuned. The pads come on tomorrow.