Santa Clara – Here’s who popped in during the junior camp at San Francisco 49. Mind you they didn’t have enough liner guys to do 11-on-11 brawls, so they brawled 7 on 7. Which meant I couldn’t see Drake Jackson, Spencer Burford or Nick Zackelj compete. So I didn’t focus on them.
1. Wide Reception Danny Gray.
He was the best player on the field, the coaching star. He got five goals and grabbed four of them, plus one of them was a 50-yard touchdown. In that play, he ran another deep road and won in the sixth round over Tariq Castro Fields (more on him below). Gray also did a 20-yard acrobatic catch along the left sideline. He even managed to catch from the middle, even though he grabbed the ball with his chest. He also dropped a short pass after running in a fast slash. So it wasn’t perfect. But it’s clearly explosive, much more so than Dante Pettis, my original comparison to Gray when it was penned by 49 people. Best compared to the Gray is the former 49ers Marquise Goodwin’s wide receiver, which was also very fast.
2. Running Back Jordan Mason.
It’s a normal receiver, unlike Ty Davis Price (more on it below). Mason caught two passes in the flat. In one shot, he shouted at a defender when the ball hit his hands.
3. Midfielder Marcelino McCree-Poll.
The only player on the 49ers defense who has ever done anything on cover. McCray-Ball broke up two passes, and one of the breakaways may have been a forced tripping—that play could have been reviewed during an actual match.
4. Wide Reception Kiki Chism.
He made the best catch of the day – a 20-yard back shoulder twist jump. Make it look easy. Chism also grabbed two passes running at full speed over middle and gained YAC. He’s a 6’5 inch test boy and he’s not even a no-manufacturer free agent.
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1. Running Back Ty Davis-Price.
I don’t know if he has poor hand-eye coordination, but this is the book he’s talking about, and he definitely missed the pass for the day. He was wide open in the apartment, and he had just butchered her. Later, he got a pass and ran with it. When the play was over, he accidentally threw the ball at himself and dropped it.
2. Cornerback Sam Womack.
He started in the left corner and didn’t take any shots in the hatch, which was surprising. Coverage is mostly left out and not tested much. The only time he was tested, he gave up his 10-yard catch to Gray.
3. Cornerback Tariq Castro Fields.
I played a lot of strong crash and playback coverage and got burned a few times. Probably not good enough to play strong coverage in the NFL.
4. Quarterback Brooke Purdy.
I completed a lot of 5-yard passes to run back from flat and weren’t intercepted—eat your heart, Jimmy Garoppolo. But any time Purdy throws the ball to the sideline or down the field, the ball flies and dies. He has one of the weakest arms I’ve ever seen in a 49ers training field – he’s Scott-Tolzien-esque. It is remarkable how much Kyle Shanahan and his father love good midfielders who do not have any impressive physical attributes.
1. Former 49-player defense coordinator Vic Fangio.
He watched the entire practice from the sidelines. Obviously, he was the guest of honor. Perhaps he thinks he could become the defensive coordinator here next year if DeMeco Ryans becomes head coach elsewhere. What an addition Fangio would be. He’s one of the greatest defensive coordinators in franchise history.