49ers camp report: Sherman’s offensive impact, Jimmy ‘Franchise’ G and the ‘lost’ running back

New Niner shines in Day 1 on the Santa Clara practice fields

John Dickinson
July 26, 2018 - 3:07 pm

For the first time in training camp, the 49ers were on the practice fields in Santa Clara on Thursday morning. Here's what you need to know after Day 1...

1. Sherman knows the defense so well he helps the offense

Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said cornerback Richard Sherman knows the 49ers defensive scheme to well thanks to his time in Seattle running the same system that he points out tells in the offense to coaches during down time at practice.

2. Jimmy ‘Franchise’ G

Sherman’s confidence as leadership appears to be infectious in the 49ers defensive backs room. Free safety Adrian Colbert said he’s trying to take on a “little brother” role with respect to Sherman in addition to learning to communicate with him in a similar manner to how All-Pro Earl Thomas communicated with Sherman while the two were with the Seahawks.

Colbert has even come up with a nickname for Jimmy Garoppolo, albeit an obvious one. Colbert said he calls Jimmy G, "Franchise."

3. Jerick McKinnon was 'lost' in Shanahan’s offense at first

The 49ers paid a high price to add running Jerick McKinnon via free agency from the Vikings. McKinnon admitted Thursday that he was lost in learning Kyle Shanahan’s complex offensive scheme initially.

“When I first got here, I was lost,” McKinnon said. “I was really lost. You know my head was spinning, different protections I’ve got to learn, different concepts I’ve got to learn. Basically I’ve got to take my old way of thinking that I was doing for four years and switch it up into a new one.”

When pressed, McKinnon said he has a much greater grasp of things now.

“I’m comfortable. I’m comfortable with everything. For me it’s just about putting myself in game type situations in training camp an getting ready for the first game September 9th.”

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