49ers training camp report: Youngsters stand out in Santa Clara

A few vets rested on Day 3 but the kids are taking care of business

Bonta Hill
July 28, 2018 - 6:19 pm

Training camp was revved up Saturday for the San Francisco 49ers as they were in pads for the first time in 2018.

Veterans like Richard Sherman, Pierre Garcon, and Joe Staley were given the practice off, but that didn’t deter the intensity amongst their teammates.

Here are a few news and notes from Day 3 of training camp:

The “Franchise,” Jimmy Garoppolo went 12-of-15 in team drills, but his passes downfield needs some fine tuning. He missed speedster Marquise Goodwin twice down the field, but Garoppolo’s accuracy down the field isn’t something head coach Kyle Shanahan is too worried about.

Dante Pettis is a smooth route-runner. He was active in team drills, often finding the holes in the 49ers’ zone defense. He also held his own in individual drills, including this battle against starting corner Ahkello Witherspoon.

Reuben Foster still needs to improve in pass coverage, especially when he’s forced to drop into zone, but he blew up running backs in man coverage, especially in one-on-one passing drills:

Fred Warner blowing up a running play in team drills was, in my opinion, the play of the day. The way he shot through the gap and exploded through the tackle, there’s no doubt Warner will be a factor in 2018.

Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida, and Joe Williams looked solid, but a couple guys who will be counted on to open holes for them struggled a bit in practice.

Joshua Garnett is going to have to earn the right guard job, which is no secret. Arik Armstead roughed him up a bit in individual drills, and rookie right tackle Mike McGlinchey didn't put his best foot forward, but the No. 9 pick out of Notre Dame knows that he’s far from a finished product.

He discussed how much he picks Staley’s brain a day:

The 49ers will practice field Sunday before taking Monday off.

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