The 49ers had a long list of players that sat out of practice on Sunday. They included Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw, and Javon Kinlaw. Robert Saleh said after practice that neither of those three was injured, which is a relief. Sunday was the final practice of training camp. The other players that did not practice Sunday:
FB Kyle Juszczyk
WR Brandon Aiyuk
DE Nick Bosa
DE Dee Ford
OL Ben Garland
DB K’Waun Williams
Deebo Samuel is getting closer. On the one hand, you don’t want him to hurry back as there is a chance Samuel can re-injure his foot. He was supposed to be out until the beginning of October, roughly. On the other hand, it’s evident that Samuel is progressing faster than the original injury timetable projected. We should treat every injury different, and if Samuel was around 75% last week, it’s not out of the question to assume he’ll be ready for Week 1, which is two weeks from now. NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco tweeted that Samuel is itching to get back on the field.
Let’s look at some practice tweets, starting with the red zone drills:
Jimmy Garoppolo had a solid red-zone session with five consecutive TD throws — three to RB Jeff Wilson.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) August 30, 2020
Like Wednesday’s practice, Jimmy Garoppolo got the lion’s share of throws in a red-zone drill. Unlike Wednesday, he didn’t struggle. Session included three TDs to RB Jeff Wilson.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 30, 2020
After practice, Saleh said Garoppolo has been more decisive during training camp, meaning he knows where to go with the football. I’m not going to read into the touchdowns, and the same goes for Jimmy’s interceptions. It’s all about the process. If Garoppolo is throwing off his back foot, that’s a problem. If he’s getting the ball out of his hands allowing his receivers to run with the ball after the catch, terrific.
As for the team drills:
In the absence of Fred Warner, #49ers LB Azeez Al-Shaair stepped in with the ones and opened the 11–on-11 red zone period with a solid PBU of a Jimmy Garoppolo pass intended for Kendrick Bourne at the goal line— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) August 30, 2020
In a backed-up period, Jimmy Garoppolo hit Dante Pettis for a couple of big gains. Jaquiski Tartt got a pick-six off J.G. Later, Jared Mayden had leaping interception of Nick Mullens pass.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) August 30, 2020
Practice ends with Dante Pettis catching a 1-yard TD pass from Jimmy Garoppolo. Jerick McKinnon ran in the two-point conversion for the “winning” points and heaved the ball over the parking lot and onto the neighboring youth soccer field.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) August 30, 2020
Unclear if #49ers will keep four tailbacks but if they do, today was a good day for both competing for the spot: Jeff Wilson Jr. and JaMycal Hasty. Wilson caught three touchdown passes from Garoppolo in red zone and Hasty again broke a few would-be big gains in team.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) August 30, 2020
Do the 49ers go with the higher upside running back that has the make-you-miss ability, or do they continue to allow Wilson Jr. to develop? Wilson Jr. has sure hands and is the better runner, but Hasty is closer to Jerick McKinnon as a receiver than anyone else. Hasty’s a mismatch. That’s a tough decision that the team will have to make.
#49ers Dante Pettis had another solid practice closing out the day with a TD from Jimmy Garoppolo after which he went and jawed at Jaquiski Tartt— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) August 30, 2020
Tartt earlier in the practice picked off a pass from Garoppolo that was intended for Pettis.
Tartt and Pettis were face-to-face and jawing at each other, but Tartt wouldn’t tell the media what was said afterward. The biggest takeaway here for me is that Pettis is competing and showing passion. Kyle Shanahan has to love that.