The 49ers completed their last set of training camp practices today before heading into a player’s day off tomorrow. Here’s a look at some of the top stories from Friday’s practice.
Today marked the 4th consecutive day of practice and that was evident early on when Head Coach Kyle Shanahan called the team together for a pep talk. “I just wanted guys to lock in more. We’ve got a day off tomorrow,” Shanahan said. “I think guys were working, but I want people mindful in everything they do and not going through the motions so we’re getting better out there, not just getting tired.”
The second-year coach is trying to prevent the team from performing uptight and to “overcome coaching.” Shanahan explained, “It’s just a nicer way to me of saying, ‘Hey, don’t be a robot. Try to be a football player.’ That’s huge. That’s what guys do.” The squad has taken that to heart and are beginning to relay that message through their media interactions.
More Injury News
Right Guard Joshua Garnett was once again a scratch from practice today. Two full practices after Shanahan said he would be surprised if Garnett was not out there the next day, Garnett will be seeking a second opinion on his knee.
Richard Sherman went down hard on coverage of a deep pass and was held out of the remainder of practice. It did not appear to be a serious injury and Sherman being held out was more of a precaution than anything. He will use the off day to rest his hamstring and come back full strength when practice starts back up Sunday.
Electrifying rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis was the recipient of a rare rookie rest day to heal up his tight groin and prevent further injury. Fred Warner and Jimmie Ward were both limited while Jeremy Attaochu is day-to-day with groin discomfort.
Rookies Run with the Ones
With Dante Pettis and Richard Sherman watching the practice from the sideline, rookie wide receiver Richie James and rookie cornerback D.J. Reed stepped up and took reps with the first teams. Shanahan insisted that it was part of the regular rotation and nothing to read into. However, it is encouraging to see late round pick rookies getting significant playing time in practice. Both players have flashed some serious ability on both sides of the slot.
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