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Scrimmage tweets: Shanahan was frustrated with the first-team offense

Jordan Reed reportedly stood out, while Solomon Thomas and Kerry Hyder had big days on the defensive line.

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The San Francisco 49ers finished their scrimmage, and we’ll recap it by using the tweets from the beat writers on-hand. George Kittle sat out of practice on Friday. He’s dealing with hamstring tightness, and Kyle Shanahan said, “he’s good” and that the team will take it easy and not put Kittle on the field if he doesn’t have to be on the field. Fred Warner didn’t play, either. He’s not injured. Shanahan said Warner is one of the most consistent players on the team, and they wanted to get a good look at everyone else. Shanahan gave an update on Ronald Blair and said we’d know more about his injury next week. Shanahan said he’s hopeful Blair will be back by Week 1 but then said he expects him back at some point this season. Shanahan added that the play of Kerry Hyder and Solomon Thomas would allow the 49ers to be patient with Blair. I’ve seen Blair run recently. He won’t be back by Week 1.

So, as you’re reading this, know that the offense was without their starting tight end, fullback, first-round wide receiver, a second-round wide receiver from ‘19, and starting center. On defense, there was no Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, K’Waun Williams, or Fred Warner.

Shanahan on the first-team offense: The first drive seemed the most fluid, but there were some inconsistencies after that.

Shanahan making up a penalty is hilarious, but that tells August’s story between the offense and defense. Outside of trick plays and a drive or two here and there, they’ve struggled to sustain drives against this defense.

Brunskill’s high snaps will be something to monitor.

With Kittle not practicing, it appears that Jordan Reed had himself a day:

Reed is a threat that the 49ers need. Now, he has to stay healthy.

I hadn’t been impressed with seventh-rounder Jauan Jennings and thought he was outside looking in. Friday’s scrimmage was his final chance to impress, and it looks like Jennings failed to take advantage of his opportunities:

When you’re a Day 3 pick, you have to go above and beyond to stand out from the competition. Jennings hasn’t done that. If anything, he’s made matters worse as guys like Tavon Austin and Shawn Poindexter have moved ahead of Jennings as far as rotations go. I’d guess Jennings lands on the practice squad.

It was an active day for Austin, who could sneak onto the roster:

I haven’t seen one tweet about Dante Pettis, other than him muffing a punt. That was Shanahan’s biggest concern with having Pettis back there.

If you’re wondering what Garoppolo’s numbers were:

Defensively, it sounds like the line controlled things upfront once again:

The right side of the offensive line has been significantly worse than the left side. That’s not much of a surprise, but that’s where Armstead lines up, and it’s telling. I do love that Solly continues to be active and make plays inside. Kicking off the season against an offensive line such as Arizona would be a great help for him. Let’s put on our “what if” hats. Thomas has a big season playing primarily 3-tech—a position he should’ve been playing full-time since he was drafted—what do you do if you’re John Lynch?

Jason Verrett broke up a few passes:

Oh, there’s Pettis. It’s nice to see Verrett making plays. He went through a period where he was hesitant and didn’t look confident. If the 49ers enter the regular season with five capable cornerbacks plus Tarvarius Moore, third downs will be fun for Robert Saleh.

I do want you to take into account as you’re reading these, based on my experience, that the reporters are focusing on the big plays that are noticeable. So if someone is beaten in coverage, you’ll hear about it. If they make a play or a big catch, we’ll know. We don’t get the full story of what happened during the play, so don’t read too much into a single tweet.

Two weeks and two days until Week 1.