The San Francisco 49ers head into Mondays Training Camp Practice set on getting ready for Thursdays first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. After a stretch of four practices in a row before a much needed day off on Saturday, the team looks to build on the energy they brought to Sundays practice. What should you be looking for from Monday’s practice? Read on to find out!
Injuries Shuffling the Depth Charts
The team is heading into todays practice with a slew of injuries. CB Richard Sherman and RG Joshua Garnett will both be out the entire week and will not be taking part in the preseason opener. Sherman suffered a Grade 1 hamstring sprain last week, It is not expected to be too serious and he should be set to resume practicing next week.
Garnett has been suffering from an issue with the knee he had surgery on last season before being put on injured reserve. Earlier in camp he knocked knees with a defensive lineman and since then has never felt quite right. Coach Shanahan has indicated that Garnett is seeking multiple opinions for his knee and they plan to reevaluate after the preseason opener.
Look for the lower cornerbacks on the depth chart to get meaningful snaps with the first and second string units. Look for Third Round draft pick Tarvarius Moore and UDFA Tavarus McFadden to continue the improvement we saw at yesterdays practice, as well as CBs Tyvis Powell and Greg Mabin. G Jonathan Cooper should start easing back into team drills after rehabbing his knee injury sustained last year. He should be competing with G Mike Person.
Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemistry
One of the biggest stories of training camp has been the chemistry building between QB Jimmy Garoppolo, second year tight end George Kittle and Second Round draft pick WR Dante Pettis. Kittle has been routinely one of Garoppolo’s favorite targets, and seems to be good for a highlight reel-style catch at least once each practice. Pettis has also showcased his versatility beyond his skills as a Punt Returner. The rapport he is developing with Garoppolo has started to turn some heads and is showing why Shanahan and GM John Lynch moved up in the 2018 draft to get him.
The development of the defensive line and the pass rush was one of the biggest stories following the draft. The 49ers did little during the draft to help improve the pass rush, instead putting their faith in EDGE rushers Cassius Marsh and Free Agent acquisition Jeremy Attaochu.
Marsh, a waiver wire pickup by the 49ers after the Patriots waived him last year, has been set on taking advantage of the opportunities he’s been given. Attaochu has been working hard to prove himself after being a s second round draft pick in 2014 by the San Diego Chargers. Both players seem to be fitting in nicely and both have been good for at least one “sack” a practice.
Another thing to watch out for is the emergence of Seventh Round draft pick Jullian Taylor. After DL Arik Armstead suffered an injury earlier in training camp, Taylor has taken advantage of the reps he’s been given and has been earning reps with the first string defense. Taylor taking reps with the 1’s, along with DeForest Buckner taking reps as a EDGE pass rusher, and DL Solomon Thomas taking advantage of the pass rush reps he’s taken inside the defensive line is leading to a promising retool of the defensive line.
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