The 49ers returned to practice on Wednesday, and so did a lot of talented players. Emmanuel Moseley, Jalen Hurd, Javon Kinlaw, Elijah Mitchell, and Trey Sermon all practiced on Wednesday with Nick Bosa and Trent Williams. Oh, and so did safeties Jaquiski Tartt and Tavon Wilson.
Here are the players who did not participate:
- Jauan Jennings
- Dre Greenlaw
- Jason Verrett
- Kai Nacua
- Davontae Harris
- Aaron Banks (shoulder)
- Maurice Hurst (ankle)
According to the beat reporters on hand, there was a lot of rotating of the quarterbacks during practice. Per ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, Jimmy Garoppolo received all of the reps with the starters during the team portion of practice while Trey Lance worked with the second team.
During the move the ball period, Jimmy G had eight reps with the starters and four reps with the second-team, while Lance had five reps with both the starters and the second-team.
The unofficial stats from Wednesday’s practice: Jimmy Garoppolo: 11 of 16. Trey Lance: 12 of 16 with one interception on a pass that sailed on him and was intercepted by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Shanahan swapped quarterbacks multiple times in the middle of the drive based on down and distance. It’s almost as if he’s preparing the quarterbacks for game-like situations, much like the Drew Brees/Taysom Hill dynamic Shanahan mentioned after Wednesday’s practice.
Who caught one of Lance’s completions? Hurd reportedly made a couple of plays during practice, including a nice catch-and-run. He also had a carry, which gives you an idea of how Shanahan wants to use Hurd.
With the way the practice squad rules work, if Hurd hasn’t made enough strides, the 49ers could protect Hurd and call him up to the active roster before Week 1.
If you’re Kyle Shanahan, wouldn’t you leave Hurd on the field for the majority of Sunday’s game? Not only do you want to see him against different competition, but the goal is for him to play himself into shape, too.
In his first action during team drills, Bosa took nine reps during the first team period but sat out during the move the ball portion of practice. Bosa sacked Garoppolo on his second play.
By all accounts, Dee Ford had his best day of the summer. Shanahan said after practice that he might let Ford play Sunday against the Raiders:
“No, Dee Ford has been good. He’s been on a steady pace and I think he’s gotten enough reps in this camp. We’ll keep continuing with the same pace for these three days and I’ll decide on Sunday at the end of the week for him and pretty much all the players. But we’re good with the pace he’s been on.”
Conditioning would be the only reason to play Ford, who has been outstanding and looks like the best player when he practices.
Speaking of conditioning, Tartt worked with the second team as he works himself back into playing shape. He had a would-be sack as well as some big hits, her Wagoner. Wilson continued to work with the starters.
Back to the quarterbacks, for obvious reasons. Shanahan, as he has a knack for, left room for interpretation by saying there are still “lots of days between now” and the start of the regular season for his plans to change. Whether that’s Jimmy or Trey, he’s keeping the door open.