Here is what stood out from the 49ers seventh practice during training camp in Santa Clara.
After its longest training camp practice on Tuesday, San Francisco took the shoulder pads off and dialed the intensity back on Wednesday. Among those taking the day off were tight end George Kittle, linebacker Dre Greenlaw, and offensive lineman Jaylon Moore.
Lance completed just three of nine pass attempts during team drills.
On the positive side, two of Lance’s completions went for touchdowns during a redzone session. On the first touchdown, Lance found Brandon Aiyuk who did an excellent job staying in bounds. The next play saw Lance had Drake Jackson right in his face, but he was able to hit JaMycal Hasty in the left flat for his second touchdown throw of the day..
On the downside, Lance had a couple of clunkers. Lance missed Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel by a mile with consecutive deep throws to the outside.
Aside from a few splash plays here and there, it’s hard to see how this offense is currently better at quarterback than they were last year at this point.
Aiyuk has been excellent throughout the beginning of training camp, and today was no exception.
The third-year wideout started the day by beating Charvarius Ward during a one-on-one session in the redzone. Aiyuk was able to beat the press coverage to get free quickly. He followed that up with a terrific catch along the back line of the endzone to defeat the tight coverage of Jimmie Ward.
Aiyuk made a pair of exceptional catches during team drills as well. The first coming when he leaped high to grab a throw from Nate Sudfeld over the head of Ambry Thomas along the left sideline. His second was the touchdown throw from Trey Lance in the redzone. When the ball left Lance’s hands, it looked like it would fall incomplete, but Aiyuk did a terrific job of making the grab and staying in bounds. Aiyuk wrapped up practice with yet another touchdown, this one coming from Sudfeld in the back of the endzone.
Lenoir struggled when forced onto the field as a rookie. The second-year cornerback has turned heads with his tight coverage during training camp. Today saw Lenoir drive on a quick inside route to break up Brock Purdy’s throw to Austin Mack.
Lenoir was also able to snag a pass that Mack bobbled in the left flat for an interception.
Mitchell busted off a couple of long gains on inside runs, one going for a touchdown to open the redzone session.
Mitchell has focused on improving his hands this offseason. He dropped the first target that came his way but came right back on the next play to grab a checkdown from Lance in the right flat.
Martin showed off his explosiveness and ability to beat press coverage when he completely shook Ka’dar Hollman to win in one-on-one drills. Martin is probably a long shot at making the 53-man roster out of training camp, but he will be a prime candidate for the practice squad.
Today, the backup tight end had a pair of big receptions from Brock Purdy. The first came on a broken play when Hudson, running a wheel route up the right sideline, stopped in the open area, and Purdy saw this and got the ball to Hudson for a long gain.
Purdy fired deep down the left sideline on his next throw to Hudson, who outleapt Marcelino McCrary-Ball for another long reception.
Burford’s strong camp continued today. The rookie right guard completely swallowed up Kevin Givens in pass protection.
Sermon added some bulk this offseason and worked out with Dalvin Cook. Sermon learned from the veteran running back to trust his eyes.
This advice has shown up in camp as Sermon has made several strong runs. It looks like he’s gained some explosiveness early in camp.
Womack worked at nickelback with the starting unit. The rookie cornerback has been competing for the role all offseason and continues to impress.
With Dre Greenlaw taking a rest day, Burks stepped into the starting lineup. The free agent acquisition from Green Bay was solid throughout practice.
Jake Brendel and Daniel Brunskill
Brendel and Brunskill continue to share snaps at center with the first team offense. Yesterday it was Brunskill who got the first shot, and today it was back to Brendel. This competition will likely carry on through the first preseason game next Friday.
Samuel dropped a deep throw down the left sideline from Trey Lance. The ball was placed perfectly but glanced off the hands of the veteran receiver.
While Samuel had a terrific season in 2021, he struggled with drops over the year’s first half.