With the San Francisco 49ers finishing training camp in Denver in preparation for their second preseason game, fans and media this past Thursday had one last chance to look on as the team engaged for its final practice of the week.
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In the wake of rookie defensive end Nick Bosa and cornerback Jason Verrett going down with ankle injuries, the 49ers sat most of the offensive and defensive lines an injury precaution. In that setting, the offense banked a solid practice.
Takeaways from Day 11:
The offense started strong in the run/play-action pass portion of practice where 49ers quarterbacks found the running backs early and often. Matt Breida was the first back to get in on the action with a big gain down the right sideline. New addition Tevin Coleman followed with several dump-off catches.
Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle joined in on the fun with a big play on a deep out where Nick Mullens hit him in stride. Kittle proceeded to run through Marcel Harris, laughing while going out of bounds.
Trent Taylor, who has been having a solid training camp, got in on the action as well with a nice catch and run.
The 49ers then moved into the red-zone portion of practice where it was much more competitive. The offenses started from the nine-yard line. Jimmy Garoppolo threw an early interception to second-year defensive back Tarvarius Moore. After that, Jimmy G heated up, throwing multiple touchdown passes to Taylor and Coleman. Mullens looked sharp during this portion of practice.
Mullens' good day didn’t stop there. He was first up when the offense and defense got together for their one-minute drive. Mullens completed five passes to rookies Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd for big gains and finished the drive with a strike in traffic to rookie Kaden Smith.
Garoppolo was up next and he too did not disappoint. The 49ers' defense didn’t make it easy as Emmanuel Moseley and Ahkello Witherspoon broke up three passes.
Late in the drive Garoppolo completed a deep out to Jordan Matthews with Witherspoon in coverage.
The drive ended on a 15-yard toss from Garoppolo to Taylor. Last up was C.J. Beathard who was unsuccessful moving the ball down field. Beathard threw an incomplete pass on fourth down that ended practice.
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