Santa Clara – Here’s who popped in on the second day of the 49ers mini camp.
1. Quarterback Tree Lance.
Complete 10 of 15 pass attempts while playing without Depo Samuel, Brandon Ayok, George Keitel, Joan Jennings, Elijah Mitchell, Trent Williams, Daniel Brunskill and Mike McGlinchy. He also threw two long touchdown passes – one over the left side for Ray McCloud who beat Embry Thomas (more on him in a minute). The pass wobbled, but it was accurate and the receiver caught it, who cares? Jimmy Garoppolo would never have attempted this throw, let alone completed it. The second pass was down a deep spiral down the middle of the field to Jordan Matthews who was running a position. This was another pass that Garoppolo would not complete in a million years. But the objection was definitely one that Garoppolo could have thrown. On that play, Lance was under pressure, forced an over-center pass to KeeSean Johnson, and Leon O’Neill Jr. simply beat the receiver to the pickup point. Had it been Debo Samuel or Brandon Ayyuk, the pass might have been completed, but they didn’t train. With four practices in front of the media in this off-season, Lance completed 50 of 67 passes (74.6 percent), threw 6 touchdowns and 2 picks. it’s ready. The 49ers don’t need a Garoppolo anymore. It must be cut before training camp.
2. Defensive end Drake Jackson.
He beat Justin Scull right around the edge and created the pressure that prompted Lance to throw his only interception in the morning. Jackson clearly has a lot of talent and could potentially become an excellent passer in the prime of his life. I don’t understand how he went from weighing 254 pounds at the Combine in February to 273 pounds now. It’s not like he added 19 pounds of muscle in a few months. I think it would be better for him to slim down and add lean muscle gradually, considering he won’t be playing much against the rookie season.
3. The safety of George Odom.
JaMycal Hasty was tagged for losing three yards in a toss play and then Jordan Matthews was tagged unprofitable on a flat-screen check. Odum may not be great with coverage, but he flies around the field and makes plays on the field. He might do his best when he can hit and step in.
4. Linebacker Oren Burks.
He broke a pass into the flat assigned to Trey Sermon, then picked up a Pick-6 on a pass thrown by Nate Sudfeld (more on him in a minute). Burks struggled with coverage during the OTAs, but not in the junior camp. His stock is rising.
5. Wide Receiver Ray McCloud.
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Run right by Ambrey Thomas (more around in a minute) up the left lateral line to catch a deep drop. McCloud also shot 15 yards and shot 25 yards over the middle. He was by far the best receiver on the field today, and he’s so much more than just an instrument player.
6. Tight End Tyler Croft.
He made a 25-yard dive to catch the seams on the lance’s throw lane. It was a replica of the catch that Tanner Hudson made yesterday.
7. Quarterback Brooke Purdy.
He completed a beautiful 12-yard pass for Austin Mack who defeated Sam Womack by an out-of-way. The Byrdie pass was more anticipation and pulling than I expected. Then in the last play of practice, Purdy made a pass on the right, past a right-handed Charles Omenihu and threw an arrow on the run to KeeSean Johnson for 15 yards. Purdy is now better than Sudfield.
Not very good
1. Cornerback Ambrey Thomas.
It was completely burned by Ray McCloud for a deep capture. Now we see why the 49ers played Thomas nine yards from the line of scrimmage at all times last season and then signed this off-season starter (Charvarius Ward) to take Thomas’ place.
2. Back Corner Diodoro Lenoir.
He gave up a couple of moments for Marcus Johnson, who wouldn’t make the team. So why should Lenoir make up the team? I don’t see what he does well.
3. Quarterback Nate Sudfield.
He knocked out a deep pass to Ray Ray McCloud who was open going another route – this was called a miss Garoppolo Special. Then towards the end of the drill, Sudfeld pulled another Jimmy J by rolling right and throwing a pick to a linebacker standing right in front of him. Now we see why he signed zero teams for Sudfeld last year when he was part of the 49-man coaching team. I still don’t understand why the 49ers love him.