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- RB Tevin Coleman. Caught three passes from Jimmy Garoppolo during 7 on 7s, including a 40-yard touchdown pass. Coleman ran a wheel route up the sideline and beat middle linebacker Elijah Lee for the touchdown catch. Coleman already has become one of Garoppolo’s favorite targets in the pass game, along with Trent Taylor.
- WR Trent Taylor. Caught eight passes, including six from Garoppolo. The 49ers’ starting quarterback trusts Taylor, and Kyle Shanahan loves calling plays for him. Taylor seems on track to bounce back from a poor 2018.
- WR Marquise Goodwin. Caught three passes, all from C.J. Beathard. On the first catch, Goodwin beat Ahkello Witherspoon with a corner route for a 20-yard gain. On the second catch,, Goodwin beat Dontae Johson with an out-route for a 15-yard gain. And on the third catch, Goodwin beat Tarvarius Moore with an out route for a 10-yard gain. Goodwin should have had a deep touchdown catch as well — he was open — but Garoppolo overthrew him. That was the second time Garoppolo missed an open Goodwin downfield Tuesday morning. Those two have not yet recreated the chemistry they had in 2017.
- WR Jordan Matthews. Caught a touchdown pass from Beathard in the red zone. Mathews ran a corner route. Beathard rolled out to his left and stared at Matthews, who was running toward the back pylon and was covered. Instead of staying covered, Matthews quickly broke away from the pylon and got open, and Beathard hit him for the touchdown. Veteran play by Matthews.
- QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Completed 13 of 19 passes (68 percent) during 7 on 7s, but failed to lead a touchdown drive while trailing by four points with 1:20 on the clock in the fourth quarter.
- QB Nick Mullens. Completed 9 of 13 passes (69 percent) during 11 on 11s and 7 on 7s. Almost lead a touchdown drive down four with 1:20 left, but his receiver, Malik Henry, fumbled while sprinting for the goal line.
- OG Ross Reynolds. An undrafted rookie who plays like a veteran. Rarely gets beat during one-on-one pass-rush drills. Already better than Joshua Garnett, and may be better than Mike Person soon.
- DT Sheldon Day. Consistently generates pressure from the 2i position (inside shade of the guard) in the base defense. But, can he stop the run from that position? We’ll find out during the preseason.
- DE Arik Armstead. The starting Leo (weak-side defensive end) in the base Wide 9 defense. Armstead has taken most of the reps with the starters and doesn’t seem to be competing for a job. That could change when Nick Bosa returns from a hamstring injury.
- LB Elijah Lee. Forced a fumbled, recovered it and returned it for a touchdown. Lee is an underrated player.
- The Wide 9. It’s not a good defense to stop runs between the tackles, but it’s perfect for stopping bootleg passes. Mullens attempted a play-action bootleg pass on Tuesday and, as soon as he turned around, Armstead was in his face. Mullens had to throw the ball away.
THE NOT SO GOOD
- SS Jaquiski Tartt. The Wide 9 is not a good defensive alignment to stop play action. On the first play of practice, the offense came out in 11 personnel (three wide receivers), and the defense matched up with Nickel personnel. Tartt lined up in the C gap, and bit hard when he saw the run action coming toward him. This created a huge void in the secondary, and helped Goodwin make a 20-yard catch. Defending play action will be an issue all season.
- CB Ahkello Witherspoon. After Tartt bit on the play-action fake, Goodwin ran an out-route and juked Witherspoon so drastically, Witherspoon spun around like a dreidel. I still can’t fathom why the 49ers would bring back the same starters from the worst defensive backfield in the NFL.
- DE Solomon Thomas. he backup Wide 9 defensive end behind Dee Ford. Solomon Thomas almost never takes snaps with the starting defense. He is not a starting-caliber player.
- WR Dante Pettis. Beat Richard Sherman with an out-route for a 10-yard gain, but also dropped a pass and failed to fight for a contested target. Pettis hasn’t improved since last year. He’s the same player.
- WR Richie James. Fumbled and seemed disengaged. Not a lock to make the final roster.
- WR Deebo Samuel. Sat out with a strained hip. Also missed last week’s OTAs with the same injury. Doesn’t seem on track to make a big impact as a rookie. By this time in 2017, George Kittle already was a go-to receiver in the 49ers passing offense during OTAs and minicamp.
- WR Jalen Hurd. Sat out with the knee injury that ended his college season last year. Missed all of OTAs as well. Not a good start to his career.
- OT Mike McGlinchey. Sat out after receiving a platelet-rich-plasma injection in his knee. Yikes.
- QB C.J. Beathard. Completed 9 of 16 passes (56 percent), and struggled throwing toward the sideline. He put way too much air under those throws. He doesn’t have a strong arm.
- P Mitch Wishnowsky. Shanked back-to-back punts. One of them came off his foot sideways, both ends pointing toward the sideline, and traveled just 39 yards.
- Players diving for loose balls. After Malik Henry fumbled, three or four defensive players ran to the ball and dove on it. None of the players were wearing shoulder pads. They could have injured themselves, as Jimmie Ward did during OTAs when he broke his clavicle. The 49ers are lucky more players didn’t get injured this offseason.