The 49ers held their fifth practice of OTAs Wednesday afternoon. This will be the only session of three this week to be open to the media. Here is what stood out.
49ers general manager John Lynch told Sirius XM NFL Radio that Purdy began his throwing sessions earlier this week. This puts the quarterback slightly ahead of the 12-week timetable given by the team.
San Francisco remains optimistic about Purdy being ready in time for training camp. Lynch again mentioned a quarterback competition between Purdy, Lance and Darnold.
Trey Lance took all the first team reps in week one. Today was Sam Darnold’s turn to work with the starters.
Darnold completed 10 of 13 attempts on the day. His three incompletions included a pair of drops and a pass breakup on a late checkdown to Jauan Jennings in the left flat.
The best downfield throw from Darnold came on an attempt over the middle to veteran Chris Conley. Darnold ripped the ball into the receiver’s hands, but he couldn’t hold on and it fell incomplete.
Darnold bounced back from the drop by hitting Christian McCaffrey for a big gain down the left sideline to open the next series of plays. The veteran quarterback read the man coverage and got the ball out to McCaffrey who had just turned up the right sideline.
Day five was a rough one for Lance. The third-year quarterback didn’t display the same accuracy during early drills. He finished the day 6-12, but the lack of completions wasn’t all on him with three incompletions being the result of drops.
In one series of plays Lance had a pair of drops, hit Brandon Aiyuk for a big gain down the left sideline and passed up an open receiver over the middle for a checkdown to Conley leading to a pass breakup by Ambry Thomas.
Lance’s final throw of the day was easily his worst. Working against the second defense, Lance had Danny Gray open on a deep out on the right side, but his pass hit the ground well before getting to the receiver.
Brandon Allen continued his strong camp as the number three quarterback. Allen hit all five of his attempts including the best throw of the day when he connected with Willie Snead deep down the left sideline to beat good coverage by Tre Swilling.
McCaffrey burst through the line on the first run of team drills. Later he had another big play when Darnold got him the ball quickly and he was able to outrun Marcelino McCrary-Ball down the right sideline.
Aiyuk caught all three targets on Wednesday. The highlight came when he beat Darrell Luter Jr. on a go route down the left sideline. The throw from Lance was a little short, but Aiyuk was able to adjust to the ball to make the big play.
Gray finished the day with two catches on four targets, an improvement on last week.
On the first play of team drills, Gray got behind the coverage of safeties Talanoa Hufanga and George Odum. However, the throw from Sam Darnold hung up in the air and Gray was not able to come down with the ball.
Jackson continues to look much improved from his rookie season. During a read and react pass rush drill, Jackson showed good burst off the line of scrimmage before properly diagnosing the play and sticking on the tight end.
Bell had been a standout through rookie minicamp and week one of OTAs. He had a rough practice on Wednesday, dropping both of his targets.
The rookie third round draft pick made his first catch of offseason practices open to the media when he got open over the middle and Brandon Allen hit him for the completion.
Zakelj worked at center with the second team offense, and it was a disaster. He hit Lance in the ankles with a shotgun snap on his first play leading to a fumble. Two plays later with Lance under center, the snap was again missed, and Kyle Shanahan pulled the second offensive line off the field.
Jake Moody and Zane Gonzalez each made four attempts for the second practice.
Moody hit all of four of his attempts including one from 53. The rookie nearly kicked the ball out of the facility on his first two attempts, with the ball traveling close to 70 yards on each.
Gonzalez connected from 33, 38, and 48 yards out, but missed wide right from 43.
The second year back lacks burst and consistently runs into the backs of his offensive linemen before being stopped for short gains.
Mason continues to show he is one of the best backs on the team. With Elijah Mitchell not participating, Mason stepped in and looked good on his rushing attempts along with hauling in a pair of passes.
Oliver has been impressive during these early practices. Today he locked up Jauan Jennings in man coverage.
Starting opposite Samuel Womack, Lenoir got a good break on a late throw from Sam Darnold to Jauan Jennings and knocked the ball away.
Got behind Tre Swilling for a deep grab down the left sideline for a big play. Snead caught all three of his targets.