Earlier today we talked about the two highlights from practice: Jimmy Garoppolo throwing the ball downfield, Brandon Ayuck and Fred Warner. Title UFC 278.
A busy day
A few days of maintenance and key starters opened the door for the youngster to get some reps in the first team. Kadar Holman appeared in seven games with the newcomer Drivers He was the starting corner last year in place of Charvarius Ward.
Jaylon Moore was the perfect solution for Mike McGlinchey. I notice that Ray-Ray McCloud is not practicing. His replacement? This player is called Dibo Samuel.
So much for bringing Deebo back in as he took multiple reps with the first and second teams. It was the pass breakup rivalry with McCloud that Samuel hung on to. Talanoa Huffanga found that out the hard way.
The center/right guard combo of Jake Brendel and Spencer Burford continued Tuesday. The coaching staff has praised Daniel Brunskill at every opportunity over the past year and a half. I thought they would get a role for Brunskill because of that. He occasionally rotates up the middle with the starters, but losing seems to be Brendel’s job.
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Ty Davies-Price made his debut with the rookies. On one play, he threw a throw and ran the receiver’s back, leaving an open running lane on the other. It hasn’t been a good day for the rookie as he continues to adjust to his pace in the NFL.
Elijah Mitchell had an impressive Blitz pickup on third down. of 49 They still need to know their third-down backs. They have options. Trey Sermon can be great. He looks good. Sermon seems like a no-nonsense runner. He also looks very comfortable catching balls out of the backfield.
Running backs coach Anthony Lynn is showing improvement on the field in individual drills. Every running back seems to be looking for a cut before he gets there. Mitchell is the RB1, but if you don’t know who the starter is, you’ll think it’s a different player every practice.
Both Sermon and UDFA rookie Jordan Mason ran defenders. Getting rid of the names on the back of the jersey, they made a big impression in the camp. But we’ll see if that changes when the defense can handle you.
Bombs go away to gray
If Trey Lance hadn’t missed him on an errant throw, Ayuck would have had another reception. On one of the last plays of practice, Ayuck plucked a high-speed Lance pass out of mid-air with his go-go gadget hands. It is amazingly spacious.
I have explained above the distinction that Samuel makes. If Debo is a threat downfield and in the middle of the field, Brandon Ayuk has made a living out of the hash.
Malik Turner will be my guess to win the final receiver spot. Based on his usage, they see him as a “jump ball” receiver. The attack has been a solid fade for Turner, who has had plenty of success. I find it particularly interesting during Monday practice; On the first play in the red zone, they blitzed Turner against the rookies.
It was Danny Gray’s day when he was flown by the man he was covering all day. Gray beat two opponents on traveling balls in a 1-on-1, and that carried over into the team’s moments, torching Ambry Thomas on the field. That’s becoming a theme for Ambry, who has had a rough six days.
There were so many bags that it was impossible to keep track of Lance’s statistics. I was 9-for-16. Lance’s positive and improvement areas are consistent.
When pressured, which was often, Lance would continue to stand tall in the pocket, slide and throw when he needed to. He isn’t afraid to put the ball in a tight window and pushes the ball aggressively up the field.
There are still reps where Lance sprays the ball and hits the target. Having a consistent platform helps. It’s encouraging that the 49ers are having more success the more they play.
They are a solid unit that consistently dominates the line of scrimmage during camp. Lance had a batted pass, a sign that he had been looking at his target for a long time. That will happen, then he’ll open up the sideline throw.
He’s not quite there yet, but you can see why Kyle Shanahan, a special talent, is as invested as he is in Lance. I struggle to tell how many of Lance’s perceived issues are permanent or just because I’m out of defense that knows what’s coming.
Fortunately, that’s a question that will answer itself in 2022.