The 49ers held their sixth apply of OTAs Wednesday afternoon. Today would be the solely session of three this week to be open to the media. Here is what stood out.
The free-agent acquisition from Pittsburgh had a busy day on Wednesday. McCloud’s 5 targets have been probably the most of any receiver, and he hauled in 4 of them.
The one ball McCloud didn’t herald was by no fault of his personal. McCloud was vast open deep down the left sideline, however Nate Sudfeld’s go was too robust and fell incomplete.
The second-year cornerback labored with the starters in the course of the group and 7-on-7 durations in place of Charvarius Ward.
On the fourth play of the day, Thomas was in a position to get his hand in the best way of a deep throw down the left sideline from Trey Lance to Marcus Johnson. Johnson had a pair of steps on Thomas, however the go from Lance was a little bit quick. The underthrow from Lance allowed Thomas to catch up and make a play on the ball.
Sermon noticed lots of motion with the primary unit early in apply, a change from every week in the past when Jeff Wilson Jr and JaMycal Hasty cut up these reps.
Sermon didn’t take advantage of of his alternative, fumbling the ball away on his first carry of the day after selecting up 5 yards over the left aspect.
The undrafted free agent rookie impressed for the second apply in a row, displaying good imaginative and prescient and explosiveness.
Mason noticed a gap open within the center on a zone run to the left and exploded by, untouched for an enormous acquire.
Elijah Mitchell was my favourite working again final 12 months in coaching camp. That title goes to Mason to this point this offseason.
Aiyuk was in a position to haul in just one of 4 targets.
On one play, Aiyuk ran a comeback route on the left aspect and was effectively coated. Trey Lance made an ideal throw low and away from the defender, however Aiyuk dropped it.
The veteran got here again later to snag one other good ball from Trey Lance a couple of performs later. Aiyuk ran a rail route down the left aspect, and Lance match the ball between the protection of the beneath nook and security.
The “do-everything” veteran defensive again got here away with the day’s solely interception.
Nate Sudfeld had Tanner Hudson open over the center; nonetheless, Hudson fell as Sudfeld was throwing, and Johnson was in the proper place on the proper time to come back away with the turnover.
That appears to be the story of Johnson’s profession.
Ward made the defensive play of the day.
Trey Lance tried to suit the ball in to tight finish Tyler Kroft open on a deep seam route down the center. Ward learn the play completely and was in a position to go over the again of Kroft to knock the ball away for a go break up.
Beautiful play by Ward.
There was a concerted effort to push the ball down the sphere greater than in final week’s apply. Lance responded effectively, finishing 9 of 14 passes on the day.
As talked about earlier, Lance had the large throw down the left aspect to Brandon Aiyuk and a deep go down the center damaged up by Jimmie Ward.
Following the go breakup, Lance would come again a couple of performs later and search for Ross Dwelley on the identical play down the center. This time Lance was in a position to drill the ball in between safeties Talanoa Hufanga and Jimmie Ward for an enormous completion.
Lance is displaying all of the traits that prompted the 49ers to make use of three first-rounders to commerce up and get the North Dakota State product. Watch out.
Hasty slipped out of the backfield and beat free agent linebacker Oren Burks, deep down the proper sideline. Nate Sudfeld noticed it and laid an ideal go into the working again’s arms.
Leon O’Neal Jr
The undrafted free agent security had a tough day.
It began with him getting beat over the center on a throw from Kyle Shanahan to a different coach. That continued into the group interval of apply when JaMycal Hasty and O’Neal collided, and the rookie ended up on his bottom.
There are 4 main candidates to interchange Ok’Waun Williams within the slot.
Darqueze Dennard continues to be the chief on this race. Dennard is adopted by Samuel Womack, Deommodore Lenoir, and Qwuantrezz Knight. All 4 took reps on the place throughout group drills.