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Grant’s report from Week 2 of OTAs. https://t.co/AjomBwpOhd
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) May 29, 2019
Here are the Cliff’s Notes:
- No more injuries.
- No one-on-one pass rush drills. Last week, Nick Bosa pulled his hamstring during a competitive, full-speed, full-contact pass-rush drill with no pads. This was not a smart drill for May. OTAs are for learning, not competing. The 49ers got the memo, and scrapped the one-on-one pass-rush drills today. Good move.
- RB Tevin Coleman. Scored a touchdown on his first carry. The play was an outside zone run to the right. He got to the edge, turned the corner and sprinted down the sideline for the touchdown.
- TE George Kittle. Caught three touchdown passes in the red zone. One touchdown catch came against man-to-man coverage. Kittle reached over the defensive back’s head and caught the ball away from his body — something Kittle rarely did last season. Good to see him make a contested catch, and good to see the 49ers get him more involved in the red zone.
- CB Richard Sherman. Broke up a pass intended for Dante Pettis near the sideline. Pettis lined up outside the numbers and ran a comeback route. Sherman gave up lots of separation on comeback routes last season, but not today. He smothered Pettis, and nearly intercepted the pass, but stumbled out of bounds before he secured the ball.
- WR Deebo Samuel. Caught a slant in the red zone, another slant on an RPO play and ran a jet sweep. Samuel currently is competing to be the 49ers’ No. 3 receiver. Pettis and Marquise Goodwin are the starters.
- WR Kendrick Bourne. Beat Marcell Harris with a slant route in the red zone for a touchdown. Also scored a long touchdown in the middle of the field after running a square-in.
- WR Jordan Matthews. Made a wide-open touchdown catch in the red zone. Took advantage of a blown coverage.
- TE Ross Dwelley. Made a touchdown catch in the red zone while running a speed out. Clearly the second-best receiving tight end on the field.
- SS Jaquiski Tartt. Had tight coverage on an incomplete pass intended for Pettis in the end zone.
- SS Marcell Harris. Almost intercepted a pass intended for Kaden Smith in the end zone.
- MLB David Mayo. Broke up two passes during 7 on 7s, and recorded a tackle for loss near the goal line during 11 on 11s.
- QB C.J. Beathard. Completed six of nine pass attempts.
THE NOT SO GOOD
- 7 on 7 drills. The quarterbacks continue to stand in one place for up to five seconds while searching for an open receiver. Standing in one place does not prepare a quarterback for a real game. After 2.5 seconds, a coach should jog slowly toward the quarterback and force him to slide, reset his feet and then throw.
- DE Dee Ford. Failed to set the edge on the first run of practice and gave up a 70-yard touchdown run to Coleman. Ford’s run defense will be an issue all season.
- WR Dante Pettis. Caught only one of four targets, and dropped two passes. Doesn’t work hard enough to make contested catches. Not reliable enough to be a No. 1 receiver, although the 49ers clearly see him as their No. 1.
- CB Ahkello Witherspoon. Grabbed wide receiver Max McCaffrey in the red zone and committed a defensive pass interference penalty.
- DB Tarvarius Moore. Took reps at free safety after playing the first season of his career at cornerback. Now, Moore is in the same position Jimmie Ward has been in the past couple of seasons — he’s learning multiple positions, but mastering none of them.
- QB Nick Mullens. Completed just five of 10 pass attempts. Three of his passes probably should have been intercepted.
- QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Completed just 11 of 20 pass attempts during 7 on 7s — a shockingly low percentage for a player of his skill level, especially when he’s not facing a pass rush. A supposed franchise quarterback like Garoppolo should be more consistent in practices, even during May.