The presumed starting quarterback for the 49ers returned as Brock Purdy participated in his first training camp session. While all eyes were on the quarterbacks and how Purdy would fare, the race to be the first player on the field continues after Ji’Ayir Brown was first yesterday.
Here’s the first look at Purdy warming up:
#49ers QB Brock Purdy is back throwing after offseason elbow surgery. Appears to be throwing as normal but as Kyle Shanahan suggested, he does NOT have a bionic arm now.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) July 27, 2023
Hank Rowengartner > Brock Purdy pic.twitter.com/Z3GwOyfwlR
Usually, the defense has the upper leg in training camp, especially in the beginning, and that seemed to be today’s theme:
No pads but DL looked solid today— Brad (@Graham_SFN) July 27, 2023
Austin Bryant continues to flash along with Drake Jackson and Javon Hargrave
Javon Kinlaw is also showing a seemingly faster get off — looking forward to what we see when pads come on
Purdy was intercepted by Tashuan Gipson, and Trey Lance had a pass dropped by a defender as well.
Day 2 of #49ersCamp is in the books— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) July 27, 2023
Maybe the most impressive pass-reception was from Sam Darnold as the pocket was closing. The QB stepped and threw a deep pass while unbalanced to Brandon Aiyuk who needed to adjust mid-route to come up with the completion.
Seemed like a rough day for three of the four quarterbacks, but in Purdy’s case, rust has to be expected, and it’s still unpadded practice. No need to panic or read too much into today’s numbers:
Brock Purdy was very rusty in his return to the practice field. Both he and Trey Lance struggled against a spirited 49ers defense today.— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) July 27, 2023
Purdy: 3-10, 1 INT
Lance: 2-5, dropped INT
Sam Darnold: 3-5
Brandon Allen: 4-5
Darnold made the nicest throw of practice to Deebo Samuel
Jordan Mason seems eager to put pads on:
There was a huge collision between Jordan Mason and rookie Ji’Ayir Brown— Brad (@Graham_SFN) July 27, 2023
No pads but that didn’t stop JP Mason from lowering his shoulder and welcoming Brown to the team
All is well in special teams land as well, as Mitch Wishnowsky was cleared to return, and Jake Moody was perfect today:
Jake Moody continues to show off his booming leg. The 49ers' rookie kicker was 6-of-6 today, and each one of his kicks cleared the crossbar by a huge amount— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) July 27, 2023
People will naturally have strong reactions to the quarterback numbers. Personally, it is way too early to worry about or draw conclusions from unpadded practices, especially with Purdy returning from his UCL injury.
Purdy making it through practice with no setbacks and limitations is far more important than any passing numbers.
Also, the 49ers defense might be the best in the league. Let’s remain patient and let it play out.