“Purdy’s hand size (9.25 inches) is below average among NFL QBs, but not unusual. The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, a two-time NFL MVP, has the same measurement, and Bengals Pro Bowl QB Joe Burrow has 9-inch hands.”
“San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters after Friday’s practice, providing final updates ahead of the team’s Week 13 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. Here is everything he had to say.”
“He does resemble Mahomes a little bit,” Bosa said recently. “Just his lower body, the way he can get out of things.”
Purdy wasn’t hitting everything, of course. But he attacked these practices and the 49ers’ defense loved it.
“I was trying to emulate Stafford and Mahomes and all those guys,” Purdy said. “So over time, I started (throwing the side-arm and no-look passes) just on certain plays and whatnot. It’s not something like, alright, now I’m going to do it in games. It’s just something I worked on in practice against Fred and Dre. …
“I was breaking outside the pocket and stuff and throwing on the run. And even some read-option stuff when I was acting like Kyler Murray. Sort of juking a little bit and showing my elusiveness. I feel like all of that put together sort of showed the guys that alright, this guy has something to him. He’s not just this short kid who just stays in the pocket and throws. He can make plays.”
And sometimes, Purdy would hear some trash talk in the middle of the sessions from the heart of the 49ers’ defense, which was the surest sign of all.
“I saw it from early on, he had something about him,” Warner said. “I didn’t know he’d be this caliber of player that he is now, but he for sure had something different about him.”
“Some of ’em have reached out, talking a bit of junk,” Hargrave said. “But I ain’t really been talking to ’em this week.”
Hargrave has a quiet disposition, especially compared to some of his more boisterous 49ers teammates. The 305-pound lineman prefers to let his play do the talking. He’s been productive for the 49ers, racking up six sacks this season. But the 30-year-old veteran said he feels the best is yet to come. He ranks No. 7 in ESPN’s pass-rush win rate and No. 9 in Pro Football Focus’ pass-rushing productivity metrics, down from top-three finishes with Philadelphia in both categories last season.”
“Third-string running back Jordan Mason (hamstring) and wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud (ribs) also returned to limited practice on Friday. They also are listed as questionable for the game.”
“There has not been much talk about 49ers right tackle Colton McKivitz since Pittsburgh edge rusher T.J. Watt beat him one-on-one for three sacks in the season opener.
McKivitz has settled in and played to a level in which there has been no discernible drop-off from a year ago, when the 49ers had Mike McGlinchey in that spot. McGlinchey signed a five-year, $87.5 million contract with the Denver Broncos.
McKivitz has surrendered two sacks and two quarterback hits in the 49ers’ past 10 games. But his assignment on Sunday will be Eagles edge rusher Haason Reddick, whose hit on Brock Purdy knocked him out of last season’s NFL Championship game.”