As we wrap up day six of 49ers training camp, a player that many 49ers fans had written off this offseason continues to shine. Kendrick Bourne, who joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2017, is drawing rave reviews for his performance in camp over the past week, and is making a strong case to make the final 53 man roster.
Chris Biderman of the Sacramento Bee was on hand for practices this week, and had this to say about Bourne:
“Bourne’s had a strong camp to date. But his best showing came Thursday. He caught three touchdown passes during one-on-one red zone drills – one from Jimmy Garoppolo and two from Nick Mullens – and added two more during the full-team period. The first was a roughly 20-yard catch along the far sideline from Garoppolo. The other was a tough slant route in traffic. Bourne has good chemistry with the franchise quarterback.”
Bourne seemed to be on the outside looking in this offseason after the additions of Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd in the draft, and Jordan Matthews in free agency, but it’s clear that Bourne has no intentions of going gently into that good night.
Asked about his approach to training camp this year, Bourne said:
“..just coming in, working hard, you know, the same thing as I came in when I was an undrafted rookie, kind of the same mindset, because when I first came in there was a lot of competition too. a lot of good guys around me, and I think it’s even better now so, just knowing that you’ve just got to stack the days, because you’ll put yourself in a bad spot having bad days, and knowing how good the room is, it kind of pushes you everyday.
Like when I go to sleep at night I think about it. Like, we got a good group of guys so we’re gonna have a good day, make sure I study up extra, and just making sure I’m on top of everything so when plays come live and alive like they do, I just gotta make them happy, like I’ve been doing.”
He seems to have developed good rapport with all three QB’s on the roster and continues to impress this year in camp, which should definitely raise his stock with Shanahan and WR’s coach Wes Welker, but will it be enough to earn a spot on the final 53 man roster?
Only time will tell.
But if for some reason he doesn’t, it certainly won’t be for lack of effort, nor lack of talent. And I would expect to see him land on another NFL roster sooner rather than later.
And now, onto the links:
49ers 2019 training camp: These 3 players need to step it up (Peter Panacy, Niner Noise)
49ers 2019 Training Camp: Jimmy Garoppolo’s reception, Jason Verrett’s reps highlight practice report roundup for August 2 (David Bonilla, 49ers WebZone)
49ers notebook: Rookie punter Mitch Wishnowsky turns heads with his kick variations (Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee)
49ers 2019 training camp: Jimmy Garoppolo does it all (Akshaj Dwivedula, Niner Noise)
49ers camp report: Rookie Nick Bosa ends Day 6 with series of sacks (Matt Maiocco, NBC Sports)
George Kittle discusses 49ers training camp, Nick Bosa’s quads, and Trent Taylor skipping out on Nashville training (David Bonilla, 49ers WebZone)
How will NFL officials sell new pass-interference rule to 49ers? (Cam Inman, Mercury News)
49ers release TE Niles Paul, add rookie TE (Kyle Madson, Niners Wire)
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Raiders’ Jon Gruden: ‘I think we’re all disappointed’ in Antonio Brown’s continued absence from practice (Brian DeArdo, CBS Sports)
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