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- WR Trent Taylor. Made seven catches — far more than any other player. Consistently was open, especially on third down. Seems to be regaining his form from 2017, when he was Jimmy Garoppolo’s third-down go-to guy.
- WR Kendrick Bourne. Made the two best catches of the day: A 20-yard jumping, spinning catch on a pass thrown behind him, and a 50-yard touchdown catch over the middle. Bourne beat Richard Sherman with a post route for the touchdown. Bourne should make the 49ers final roster.
- WR Marquise Goodwin. Beat Richard Sherman with a go route up the sideline, but C.J. Beathard overthrew the pass. Goodwin also beat Dontae Johnson with a 15-yard stop route, and made a catch over the middle while taking a diving hit from Adrian Colbert. Goodwin, Bourne and Taylor were the best receivers on the field.
- RB Tevin Coleman. Received two targets during the 7-on-7 red-zone drill, and made one touchdown catch. Kyle Shanahan clearly likes calling passes for Coleman in the red zone.
- QB Nick Mullens. Completed nine of 10 pass attempts, including a beauty when he rolled to his left, stopped, flipped his hips, set his feet and fired a missile to Taylor over the middle.
- DT Sheldon Day. The starting nose tackle. Technically, he’s a 2i, meaning he lines up on the inside shade of the guard, rather than the outside shade of the center. This is a new position for Day. He may not be a stout run defender, but he’s a good pass rusher. He was the only player who recorded a sack during 11-on-11 team drills today.
- CB Ahkello Witherspoon. Allowed zero catches and broke up one intended for Dante Pettis. Witherspoon has been the 49ers’ best cornerback during OTAs. He hasn’t given up any long plays.
- FS Tavarius Moore. The former cornerback played exclusively safety on Tuesday, and broke up a Garoppolo pass intended for Jordan Matthews. Moore may be the 49ers’ best safety in terms of coverage, but he may not be big enough to defend the run. He looks skinny.
- SLB Dre Greenlaw. Ran stride-for-stride with Kyle Juszczyk on a wheel route up the sideline. Greenlaw clearly is the 49ers’ best strong-side linebacker in terms of coverage, but he may not be big enough to fill the C-gap in the run game. He seems too small.
- MLB Elijah Lee. Started in place of Fred Warner, who’s injured, and recorded a tackle for loss during 11 on 11s.
THE NOT SO GOOD
- CB Richard Sherman. Got beaten deep by Goodwin (the throw was overthrown). Also gave up a 50-yard touchdown catch to Bourne. Sherman ran as fast as he could to catch Bourne, but still seemed slow. He even seemed to limp at the end of the play, then he walked off the field. He returned shortly after and finished practice. Teams may target Sherman more aggressively next season, especially if Witherspoon plays well.
- NCB K’Waun Williams. Gave up two touchdown catches in the red zone: One to Kittle, and one to Richie James.
- DE Solomon Thomas. Faced undrafted rookie guard Ross Reynolds three times during 1-on-1 pass-rush drills and beat him zero times. Thomas still lacks pass-rush technique.
- SLB Mark Nzeocha. Gave up a three-yard touchdown catch in the flat to Coleman. Nzeocha clearly is the 49ers’ best strong-side linebacker in terms of run defense, but he may not be fast enough to cover running backs man-to-man in the red zone. The 49ers don’t have a true three-down Sam linebacker.
- FS Adrian Colbert. Dove into Goodwin to break up a pass. Fortunately for the 49ers, neither player got injured.
- WR Dante Pettis. Dropped a poorly thrown pass near the sideline he should have caught. Garoppolo threw the ball too high. Pettis still managed to jump and get both hands on it, but he heard Witherspoon’s footsteps and dropped the ball. After practice, wide receivers coach Wes Welker said he wants Pettis to start believing he can make every play, not just some of them. Right on.
- WR Deebo Samuel. Sat out practice with a tweaked muscle. The 49ers didn’t say which muscle he tweaked. Samuel has a long history of injuries.
- WR Jalen Hurd. Missed the third straight week of OTAs after participating in rookie minicamp. The 49ers say his surgically-repaired knee still bothers him. All of the 49ers’ top-three draft picks, including Nick Bosa, currently are injured. Not ideal.
- TE George Kittle. Caught a touchdown pass in the red zone over K’Waun Williams head. This was good, but expected — Williams is 5’9″ and Kittle is 6’4″. A few plays later, Kittle ran a seam route in the red zone against middle linebacker David Mayo, who’s 6’2″. This time, Kittle dropped the ball. He must improve making contested catches and he knows it.
- QB C.J. Beathard. Completed six of 10 throws.
- QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Completed only eight of 14 passes (57 percent) in the middle of the field during 7 on 7s. He should complete at least 75 percent of his throws in this drill, because he doesn’t face a pass rush. In the red zone, though, Garoppolo completed four of six throws.