Solomon Thomas debuts & other news and notes from Niners camp

From Thomas to Foster, the sideline view in Santa Clara with Bonta Hill

Bonta Hill
July 29, 2017 - 3:23 pm

A day before the intensity rises up as players collide against each other for the first time during training camp, the biggest news of the day was Solomon Thomas making his debut as a San Francisco 49er.

Thomas mostly lined up inside in the three-technique (defensive tackle), and made some plays, showing why the 49ers drafted him third overall in the NFL Draft.

He batted down a pass in team 11-on-11 drills, beat a double-team and looked explosive in meeting a running back in the backfield.

Head Kyle Shanahan discussed Thomas’ first day at practice and whether he noticed the young man out of Stanford.

Elvis Dumervil, who signed with the 49ers back in early June, discussed his interactions with the rookie after practice, noting that Thomas doesn’t need much advice on how to play football at the NFL level.

It’s just matter of time before Thomas is practicing with the first-team defense.

Other news and notes:

—Jimmie Ward, who’s the frontrunner to start at free safety, ran on a side field a day after being placed on the physically unable to perform list due to suffering a strained hamstring.

The 49ers don’t anticipate him being out for too long. Third-year safety Jaquiski Tartt took most of the first-team reps at free safety.

—Rookie offensive lineman JP Flynn went down in the middle of practice, but the 49ers didn’t release any details on his injury.

—Rookie Reuben Foster took second-team reps at middle linebacker. He’ll have to prove that he can play well in pass coverage.

—There’s a lot of unknowns when it comes to the receiving corps outside of Pierre Garcon, but Marquise Goodwin will definitely have a chance to make plays in Shanahan’s offense.

He was targeted several times, and even hauled in a deep pass from starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. Goodwin’s speed is legit. His footwear? I’ll let you be the judge:

—Arik Armstead also took first-team reps at the LEO position (end) and inside at the the three-technique. Still plays too-high at times. Leverage and his explosion at the point of attack will definitely be a key for him in the 2017 season.


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