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49ers camp report: Kyle Shanahan addresses Jalen Hurd mixing it up

49ers camp report: Kyle Shanahan addresses Jalen Hurd mixing it up

SANTA CLARA – Jalen Hurd does not get hit nearly as much after making the move from running back to wide receiver for his senior season after transferring to Baylor.

But Hurd is going out of his way to seek contact in his first NFL training camp after coming to the 49ers as a third-round draft pick.

The 49ers held their second day of non-padded practice on Sunday. Typically, tempers are more likely to flare when the pads go on. But there were two scuffles on the practice field Sunday, and Hurd was involved in both.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he likes to see his players get physical, aggressive and passionate. But he does not like to see punches exchanged because of the possibility of injuries.

Still, the last thing Shanahan wants is for Hurd to back off.

“I don’t want any of that to change. That’s why we brought him here,” Shanahan said. “But I got to see what happened. If he’s just physical and blocking people, and people are getting upset with that, shame on them.

“But if he’s doing more than he should to his teammates, then I have a problem with that. Luckily, everything’s on tape, so I’ll go watch it and decide and address it.”

Hurd caught a pass from C.J. Beathard during 11-on-11 drills in Sunday’s practice.

Defense wins the day

There was not much down the field for any of the team’s quarterbacks. Jimmy Garoppolo completed five of 12 passes, while Nick Mullens hit on six of nine, and Beathard completed four of eight.

Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon intercepted a Garoppolo pass intended for Dante Pettis during a 7-on-7 drill. Afterward, Garoppolo had some words for Pettis about his expectations.

“That’s on me,” Pettis said. “If he throws that ball, he’s trusting me. Worst-case scenario, it’s a broken up pass. That’s something I have to get in my head. If he’s trusting me, then this ball is not going to go to the other team, no matter what. He just told that, ‘Look, I trust you, and you got to break it up for something.' ”

D.J. Reed makes move to corner

Earlier in the offseason, the 49ers switched second-year player Tarvarius Moore from cornerback to safety. He welcomed the move. Fellow second-year player D.J. Reed is making the opposite transition. And it's a move met with his approval, too.

Reed is back at cornerback, where he played at Kansas State, after spending his rookie season at free safety. Shanahan said Reed has a better chance to contribute at cornerback.

“We know he was more comfortable with it,” Shanahan said. “He’s got some versatility. He does some great things in nickel. He did well at safety for us last year.”

Reed’s versatility also gives him a better chance to earn one of the 46 roster spots for regular season games because he can provide depth at every position in the defensive backfield, while also playing special teams.

“When you can run and you’re not scared to hit, you can help at a lot of spots on special teams, also,” Shanahan said.

Joshua Garnett dislocates finger – again

Guard Joshua Garnett, a first-round draft pick in 2016 who missed ample time during his first three NFL seasons, left the practice field before the start of 11-on-11 drills after dislocating a finger on his right hand for the second day in a row.

Garnett went inside to be evaluated. His status for the coming days is not known. The 49ers will practice Monday in pads for the first time in training camp.

On Saturday, Garnett rotated in with the first-team offense while Weston Richburg continues to rehab from surgery on his left knee and quad. Mike Person and Mike Garland took turns at center, while Person and Garnett played right guard. When Richburg returns, Person is expected to start at right guard.

Offensive Play of the Day

Slot receiver Trent Taylor has gotten off to a good start at training camp, and his best play Sunday came when he beat nickel back K’Waun Williams off the line and caught a pass from Jimmy Garoppolo on a slant pattern. After getting past Williams and splitting the secondary, Taylor took in the biggest gain of the day.

Defensive Plays of the Day

Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman said he no longer feels pain in his surgically repaired left Achilles after struggling for much of last year. His ability to close was on display when he followed receiver Jordan Matthews across the field and made a diving break-up of a Jimmy Garoppolo across the middle.

This ‘n’ That

-- After getting beaten three times by rookie defensive end Nick Bosa on Saturday, six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley said he felt more like his old self on Sunday. Staley said he felt rusty on Saturday with his hand usage.

-- Bosa and DeForest Buckner worked together during two-man, head-to-head pass-rush drill. Bosa and Buckner showed they still have to get to know each other, as they collided violently while going up left guard Laken Tomlinson and Staley.

-- Running back Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida looked explosive during the run drills. Coleman, however, coughed up the ball down the field when Fred Warner stripped him of the ball and Malcolm Smith recovered.

-- Edge rusher Ronald Blair was in tight coverage on the right side against rookie right end Tyree Mayfield, and Mullens’ pass hit Blair in the back as he ran with Mayfield.

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-- During 11-on-11 drills, Arik Armstead, Buckner, Damontre Moore, Kentavius Street broke through for would-be sacks.

-- Goodwin dropped a well-thrown 20-yard pass from Garoppolo with Sherman in coverage. Earlier in practice, Goodwin caught one of the deeper passes of the day on a 20-yard out pattern.

Next up

The 49ers return to practice Monday at 10 a.m. in Santa Clara. The 49ers are scheduled to practice in pads for the first time since last season.

Why 49ers' Fred Warner believes Kamala Harris as VP pick is 'big deal'

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Why 49ers' Fred Warner believes Kamala Harris as VP pick is 'big deal'

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden helped make history Tuesday when he picked Sen. Kamala Harris to be his vice presidential running mate.

Sen. Harris, who was born in Oakland and served as the District Attorney in San Francisco, is the first Black and South Asian woman to be part of the ticket for a major political party in the United States.

That's meaningful for 49ers linebacker Fred Warner, who was a guest on "Race in America: A Candid Conversation," which will air Friday night after Giants Postgame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and after A's Postgame Live on NBC Sports California.

"That's obviously a big deal," Warner told host Monte Poole. "Anytime a minority is put in a position of power, I think that's great for our country, and I think it was a big deal, just like when [Barack] Obama got elected as president, as the first Black president. So just continuing to strive to get people of color into positions where we can make change and do the right thing."

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Warner, who turns 24 a few weeks after the Nov. 3 election, told Poole that he will be voting for the president for the first time. He explained why he didn't vote in the 2016 election, when he was 19 years old at the time.

"I think I felt like I had this mindset that I’m not very educated on it, I didn't know who to vote for," Warner told Poole. "I was kind of confused about it, so I was like 'Well, I don’t want to vote for the wrong person.' Also I didn't really feel like my vote counted. I'm like 'I'm just one person. What is my vote going to mean especially if I'm not educated about it?' Now I'm like 'OK, I have just as much of a responsibility to vote as anyone else.'

"In order to make an intelligent and educated vote I need to make sure I'm doing the work outside of just playing football, you know, instead of going home and watching TV, I actually got to put some time in and make the right decision."

[RELATED: Warner says fighting injustices can't stop in NFL]

The first Tuesday in November will be a special day for both Sen. Harris and Warner.

NFL opt-out tracker: Every player who has declined to play 2020 season

NFL opt-out tracker: Every player who has declined to play 2020 season

As the sports world now is underway despite the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is next up. There will be questions and concerns aplenty, too. 

Before training camp even begins, several players already have decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to health concerns. That list is bound to grow as well.

Here is who will not be suiting up this season as the virus continues to run rampant. 

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OG, Kansas City Chiefs

Duvernay-Tardif, who has a medical degree from and has been working as an orderly at a long-term care facility in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec during the pandemic, became the first player to opt out of the 2020 season. The Chiefs' starting offensive guard tweeted his reasoning on July 24. 


De'Anthony Thomas, WR/KR, Baltimore Ravens 

Return specialist De'Anthony Thomas voluntarily opted out of the season, the Ravens announced Monday. 


Chance Warmack, OG, Seattle Seahawks

NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Monday that Warmack has opted out of the season. Warmack, who signed with the Seahawks this spring, also sat out last season 


Maurice Canady, CB, Dallas Cowboys

Garafolo also reported Monday that Canady is opting out of the season as well. 


Marcus Cannon, OL, New England Patriots

Cannon, who battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2011, will not play in 2020.


Danny Vitale, FB, New England Patriots

Vitale and his wife recently had a baby, so the fullback will not be participating in the 2020 season.


Dont'a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots

Hightower, who has a two-week-old son, is choosing to protect his family's safety.


Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Bolden is one of five Patriots to opt-out of the season.


Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots

Add another Patriot to the list.


Najee Toran, OL, New England Patriots

Make that six Patriots. 


Marquise Goodwin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

The former 49ers receiver announced he will not play this season after the birth of his daughter in February.


Andre Smith, OL, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens announced Smith joined his teammate, De'Anthony Thomas, in opting out this year. 


Star Lotulelei, DT, Buffalo Bills

The Bills announced former first-round draft pick Star Lotulelei has opted out. 


Stephen Guidry, WR, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys annoinced undrafted rookie Stephen Guidry has opted out.


Devin Funchess, WR, Green Bay Packers

Funchess announced on Instagram that he has opted out of the season. 

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Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Houston Texans

The former Raiders defensive lineman will not play in 2020.


Cole Wick, TE, New Orleans Saints

The veteran tight end will not play this season, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero.


Michael Pierce, DT, Minnesota Vikings

Pierce, who signed a three-year, $27 million contract this offseson, is high-risk and has opted out.


Nate Solder, LT, New York Giants

Solder opted out of the season, citing family's health concerns.

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

The star of Super Bowl LIV has opted out of the season, the Chiefs announced.


Chandler Brewer, C, Los Angeles Rams

Brewer played seven games with the Rams after signing as an undrafted free agent last summer.

“With my history with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, I am at high risk and will opt out of playing in the NFL this season,” Brewer said in a statement posted to the team’s website. “I would like to thank the Rams for their support and I look forward to getting back on the field in 2021 and beyond."

Marquise Lee, WR, New England Patriots

The USC product became a father for the first time in February, and cited his newborn daughter as a major factor in his decision.

"This is a big sit-down process I had, with me and my significant other, as far as family goes. The risk factor in which we believe that's going out there, it just wasn't worth it in a sense. Just too many unknowns," Lee told ESPN.com.

C.J. Mosley, LB, New York Jets

The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker is citing family health concerns as his reason for opting out, ESPN's Rich Cimini reported Saturday.


E.J. Gaines, CB, Buffalo Bills

Bills general manager Brandon Beane says the cornerback will sit out the 2020 season. 


Matt LaCosse, TE, New England Patriots

Matt LaCosse is the eighth Patriot to opt out of the season.


Da'Mari Scott, WR, New York Giants

The Giants were informed by Scott that he is opting out of the 2020 season.


Geronimo Allison, WR, Detroit Lions

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing a source, that Allison has decided to opt out of the season.


D.J. Killings, CB and Jeremiah Valoaga, DE, Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders announced Monday that Killings and Valoaga opted out of the season.

Travis Benjamin, WR, San Francisco 49ers

A day after general manager John Lynch said he didn't expect any 49ers to opt out of the season, Benjamin announced on Twitter that he was doing just that.

Shon Coleman, OL and Jake Brendel, OL, San Francisco 49ers

Ukeme Eligwe, LB, Las Vegas Raiders

Anthony McKinney, OL, Tennessee Titans

Allen Hurns, WR and Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins

Lerentee McCray, EDGE and Rashaan Melvin, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Christian Miller, LB Carolina Panthers

Colby Gossett, OL, Cleveland Browns

Brad Seaton, OT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Caleb Brantley, DE, Washington Football Team

Jordan Mack, LB Carolina Panthers

Eddie Goldman, DT and Jordan Lucas, S, Chicago Bears

Josh Tupou, DT and Isaiah Prince, OT, Cincinnati Bengals

Drew Forbes, G, Drake Dorbeck, T, Andrew Billings, DT, and Malcolm Pridgeon, G, Cleveland Browns

Jamize Olawale, FB, Dallas Cowboys

Kyle Peko, DT and Ja'Wuan James, RT, Denver Broncos

John Atkins, DT and Russell Bodine, C, Detroit Lions

Skai Moore, LB, Rolan Milligan, DB and Marvell Tell, DB, Indianapolis Colts

Al Woods, DT Jacksonville Jaguars

Lucas Niang, OT, Kansas City Chiefs

Jason Vander Laan, TE, New Orleans Saints

Sam Beal, CB, New York Giants

Leo Koloamatangi, OL and Josh Doctson, WR, New York Jets

Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB, Washington Football Team

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