The San Francisco 49ers concluded the final practice before their preseason opener vs The Dallas Cowboys. It was a very relaxed atmosphere, as the team and players are more interested in heading into the opener with as few injuries and issues as possible. Here is a quick recap of some of the goings on during practice.
Special Teams Work
The Niners took some time to get some work in on special teams. They made it a point to wheel goal posts out and give Kicker Robbie Gould some time to work on field goals for distance. There was also emphasis on fielding punt returns, with DJ Reed, Victor Bolden, and Trent Taylor taking a few punts.
A major point of emphasis was working on running between the tackles. The defensive line has been solid and making it a nightmare to run anything that’s not an outside zone run.
There is an interesting trend surfacing, in which the offensive line is good enough to move the ball, either by quick short passes or outside run plays. The athleticism on the line is very apparent, but technique and strength issues are still there and limiting the types of things they can do. The hope will be that as the season continues, the line will improve and help give QB Jimmy Garoppolo the time to make deeper throws.
When Jimmy has the time to throw, boy can he. The practice ended with team drills and emphasis on passing plays. The drills really showcased the type of talent they have in the wide receivers, tight ends and running backs.
Aldrick Robinson had a monster 45-yard touchdown catch from Garoppolo near the end of the period. Garrett Celek Also had a 25-yard reception. The period didn’t go completely one-sided though. The defense has been lights out, and every single pass play resulted in a collapsed pocket and pass rushers in Jimmy’s face. Thursday will be a big test to see if the defensive line and pass rush are really that good or if the offensive line has that much more work to do.
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