San Francisco closed out their first block of training camp practices on Saturday, which was also their longest practice of the week. Unlike days prior, it’s hard to discern if one side of the ball had a more superior showing, as there were several noteworthy plays across the board. Here are some observations from Saturday’s session.
– San Francisco’s defense notched their first, second and third takeaways of training camp. Fred Warner read the quarterback’s eyes and jumped the route and returned the interception for a defensive touchdown.
– San Francisco’s defense came up with their third takeaway, this time, by defensive lineman Arden Key. On a botched handoff, Key scooped the fumble and returned it for a score.
– The 49ers gave a peek into Trey Lance’s mobility on Saturday. Through the first three practices, the rookie operated primarily out of the pocket. During Saturday’s session, Shanahan implemented quarterback-designed read plays where Lance notched multiple would-be sizeable runs.
– Nate Sudfeld made a few impressive throws of his own. The backup quarterback connected with Samuel in back-to-back players for big gains to close out the session.
– The 49ers held their first practice that featured 1-on-1 battles. Here a few takeaways from the drill:
- Jimmie Ward might have been the MVP of the drill, not allowing a single reception on the day.
- Verrett had a nice showing that featured a pass breakup.
- Not much of a surprise here, but left tackle Trent Williams is dominating in 1-on-1 pass rush drills. Nick Bosa did not participate in the drill on Saturday, but once he receives a full-go at practice, it should be a good litmus test in his return from his ACL injury.
Odds and Ends
– After receiving a “maintenance day” on Friday, Bosa was back on the field on Saturday. He, along with Dee Ford and Javon Kinlaw all took part in individual drills and were spotted doing work on the side during full-team work.
– Also, defensive tackle Maurice Hurst was back on the field on Saturday after dealing with a “slight” calf injury the day prior.
– George Kittle received a scheduled “maintenance day” on Saturday.
– The 49ers take Sunday off before reconvening again for the start of their second block of practices on Monday.