The 49ers held their 12th and final training camp practice yesterday. I had the privilege of attending practice. Here’s what stood out on the field to me.
The Trey Lance (and his backups) Report
Let’s start with Trey Lance. All eyes have been focused on the 3rd overall pick from 2021. Today, Lance struggled in the beginning half of 11-on-11s, going 3/10. After a quick break, he bounced back, throwing 5/9 to go 8/19 for the day. Lance had some concerning accuracy issues today, however, he was willing to take risks downfield. Lance showed flashes of what he can do deep downfield with the ball. His best throw was a dime on the left sideline to Brandon Aiyuk for a large gain.
In the run game, the 49ers ran lots of read options, play actions, and designed runs for Lance, which he capitalized on. It’s clear that the 49ers see Lance as a dual-threat quarterback.
As for the other two quarterbacks, Nate Sudfeld went 14/17, and Brock Purdy went 6/7, with his only incompletion being an ugly drop by wide receiver Austin Mack. Both stood out to me, but particularly Purdy. The 2022 Mr. Irrelevant looked comfortable in the pocket, read the field well, and got the third-team offense going. Overall, the two backup quarterbacks shined today.
Running Backs Stand Out
In the run game, all four running backs had great 11-on-11 sessions. Trey Sermon got the bulk of the red zone work. The second-year running back struggled in the backfield to start the day off, but got it going afterwards. Sermon scored a red zone touchdown, and looked a lot more comfortable on toss plays.
Outside of the red zone, JaMycal Hasty had a long touchdown run to cap off a stellar day. Rookies Ty Davis-Price and Jordan Mason also had multiple big yardage gains. The running backs had the best practice today (Elijah Mitchell did not practice today).
On the defensive side of the ball, three players had phenomenal days. Kemoko Turay recorded five sacks and a PBU during 11-on-11s, according to Jordan Elliot. The former Colt has made a statement throughout camp, and today was probably his best day from what I heard.
In the secondary, cornerback Samuel Womack and safety Talanoa Hufanga were all over the place. Hufanga was all over the place during 11-on-11s, and on one play, he came out of nowhere to break up a Trey Lance dart. Hufanga has taken first team reps throughout camp, and has solidified his spot as a starting safety. Like Hufanga, Fred Warner was all over the field on 11-on-11s, too.
One thing I love about Hufanga is that he’s always the first player out on the field. This was a trend last year, and he’s done it again this year. Today, Womack joined him as first player out. The rookie DB took first team reps at nickelback and locked up Deebo Samuel twice on 1-vs-1s. All in all, Womack and Hufanga made their presence known on a day where the secondary was short-handed (Charvarius Ward and Emmanual Moseley did not practice).
Not So Many Negatives
As for the negatives yesterday, there weren’t many. However, Mike McGlinchey had a rough day against Nick Bosa. To be fair, it’s Nick Bosa, one of the best defensive lineman in football. However, McGlinchey will need to improve on his pass protection, something he’s always struggled to do in the NFL.
With training camp wrapped up, the 49ers host the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium on Friday. Kyle Shanahan said that Trey Lance will go out for at least a series, as well as other starters. It will be the first test for the 49ers to show what they can do this season. Now that training camp is over, it’s officially time for the players to prove themselves to the league.