SANTA CLARA – Here’s who stood out during Wednesday’s practice.
THE NOT SO GOOD
- DE Nick Bosa. Injured his lower right leg defending a run. Landed on his back after the play and remained seated on the field for three or four minutes while trainers examined his right foot. Bosa didn’t seem to be in much pain. Eventually, he stood up and walked slowly off the field. The 49ers say he will have an MRI on his ankle. Since the 49ers drafted Bosa in April, he has injured himself twice during just 11 practices. UPDATE: Bosa has a sprained ankle and could miss the entire preseason, according to the NFL Network.
- CB Jason Verrett. Appeared to injure himself while tackling a running back during 11 on 11 drills. Verrett left practice and did not return. He also will have an MRI on his ankle, according to the 49ers. UPDATE: Verrett also has an ankle sprain, according to the NFL Network.
- QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Telegraphed a pass to his first read (George Kittle) on third and 2 and got intercepted. Fred Warner read Garoppolo’s eyes, stepped in front of the pass and tipped it Richard Sherman, who made the interception. This was Garoppolo’s only bad play of the day, but it was the fourth pass he has thrown the 49ers’ defense in camp (the defense has dropped three of his passes). Garoppolo needs to play just a bit more carefully.
- WR Kendrick Bourne. Dropped a pass for the second practice in a row. Bourne is a limited player – he doesn’t run jet sweeps or returns punts or kicks. He’s a pure possession receiver. If he can’t hang onto the ball consistently, he won’t last long in the NFL.
- WR Jalen Hurd. Jogged through a route and seemed surprised when Nick Mullens threw the ball to him. Hurd watched it fly past his face and land incomplete. He was the second read in the progression and apparently didn’t expect Mullens to throw him the ball. Hurd doesn’t seem ready to contribute.
- Red-zone defense. Gave up four touchdown catches during consecutive plays from inside the 10-yard line. On one play, Trent Taylor caught the ball between Fred Warner and Ahkello Witherspoon. On another play, George Kittle caught the ball between Kwon Alexander and Jaquiski Tartt. In both cases, the defenders seemed confused about whom to cover.
- TE Ross Dwelley. Caught a team-high five passes during 11-on-11 team drills. Also caught a touchdown pass. Dwelley always seems open, and he has terrific hands. He will be such an upgrade over Garrett Celek as the 49ers’ No. 2 tight end this season. Celek is 31 and he has back issues.
- TE George Kittle. Made two touchdown catches in the red zone, and one was a contested catch over safety Marcell Harris’ head. Kittle routinely has made contested catches in the end zone this offseason. He has improved since 2018, which is hard to fathom.
- Red-zone offense. The first-string offense scored five touchdowns in six plays from inside the 10-yard line while facing the first-string defense. George Kittle and Trent Taylor each caught two touchdown passes, and Raheem Mostert had a seven-yard touchdown run.
- LB Fred Warner. Hit Tevin Coleman so hard, Coleman’s helmet popped off. Warner looks decidedly bigger and stronger than last season. When he hits someone, that player falls backward.
- CB Dontae Johnson. Broke up a perfect deep pass from Nick Mullens to Deebo Samuel near the sideline. Mullens threw the ball over Johnson’s shoulder, and Samuel soared into the air to grab the pass. But, Johnson stuck his arm between the ball and Samuel’s chest and batted the ball to the ground. Johnson also knocked away a pass from Mullens to Dante Pettis, who was running a slant. Johnson beat Pettis to the ball and broke up the pass.
- WR Jordan Matthews. Caught a 15-yard pass from Nick Mullens on third and one while running a slant route. Beat Dontae Johnson to make that catch. Matthews hasn’t received a ton of targets in camp, but he has caught the vast majority of them. He has been one of the only consistent receivers on the team. He should get more playing time at flanker with the starters.
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) August 7, 2019