49ers OTAs notes: Tarvarius Moore moved from cornerback to safety

49ers OTAs notes: Tarvarius Moore moved from cornerback to safety

SANTA CLARA – Injuries in the secondary have prompted the 49ers to move their third-round pick of last year back to his natural position.

Taravarius Moore, who who spent his first NFL season at cornerback, was back at his college position of safety this week. The move was made after presumptive starting safety Jimmie Ward sustained a broken collarbone last week.

Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh suggested the door was still open for Moore to move back to cornerback, but it appears the 49ers feel confident with Ahkello Witherspoon and Jason Verrett as the options on the other side of Richard Sherman.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” Saleh answered Wednesday when asked what position Moore will play when the season starts.

Moore was chosen last year with the No. 95 overall pick after his career at Southern Mississippi. He appeared in 16 games as a rookie with two starts at right cornerback.

In other news and notes from the second week of organized team activities:

--Cornerback Richard Sherman nearly had an interception on one of the first snaps of 11-on-11 drills. Sherman broke on a Nick Mullens pass intended for Dante Pettis. He came up with the pass at the sideline, but he was unable to secure possession before getting both feet inbounds.

--Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo took most of the 7-on-7 snaps but did not participate in team work as he recovers from ACL surgery. Garoppolo’s best pass came during a red-zone drill when he hit Pettis at the back of the end zone against Sherman’s coverage. However, Pettis dropped the pass.

--Rookie receiver Deebo Samuel showed his explosive run-after-the-catch abilities when he took a pass from C.J. Beathard on a slant and sprinted the rest of the way into the end zone. Samuel also caught a 9-yard TD pass from Beathard in 7-on-7.

--Beathard also threw short TD passes to rookie receiver Shawn Poindexter in 7-on-7, along with scoring passes of 4 yards to fullback Kyle Juszczyk and rookie tight end Ross Dwelley

--Middle linebacker David Mayo broke up back-to-back Mullens passes during a 7-on-7 drills on throws intended for receiver Kendrick Bourne and Dwelley.

--Mullens struggled through the day, as safety Marcell Harris dropped another would-be interception.

--Tight end George Kittle had another strong day with receptions from each of the 49ers quarterbacks. He had two TD catches from Garoppolo in 7-on-7 drills, along with a scoring pass from Mullens in 11 on 11.

--Veteran linebacker Malcolm Smith lined up at the SAM linebacker with the first-team defense. With Kwon Alexander and Fred Warner sitting out OTAs after rehabbing from knee injuries, Elijah Lee and rookie Dre Greenlaw lined up with the first-team defense.

--Lee and defensive end Dee Ford had would-be sacks, coming free untouched in 11-on-11 drills.

--Safety Jaquiski Tartt broke up a Garoppolo pass for Pettis in the back of the end zone.

--Receiver Jordan Matthews got wide open in the corner of the end zone to catch a 6-yard TD pass from Garoppolo.

--Rookie punter Mitch Wishnowsky  went 6-for-6 on plus-50 punts inside the 10-yard line, including two that were downed inside the 3-yard line.

--The list of players who did participate in practice due to injuries included: running backs Matt Breida (pectoral), Jerick McKinnon (knee) and Raheem Mostert (forearm), receiver Jalen Hurd (knee), tight end Garrett Celek (concussion/neck), center Weston Richburg (knee/quadriceps), defensive line Nick Bosa (hamstring) and Cedric Thornton, linebacker Alexander (knee), Warner (knee) and Azeez Al-Shaair, cornerback Jason Verrett (Achilles) and Tim Harris, safeties Jimmie Ward (collarbone) and D.J. Reed (shoulder).

Fantasy football waiver wire: Giants' Wayne Gallman among Week 4 targets


Fantasy football waiver wire: Giants' Wayne Gallman among Week 4 targets

You don't want to rush to judgment in fantasy football, but now that nearly a quarter of the fantasy regular season has come and gone, the sample size is getting large enough to make better-informed decisions.

That tight end that still isn't getting any targets? Yeah, probably time to cut bait.

That running back you took in the early rounds that hasn't found paydirt yet? There's still plenty of season left.

How your first three weeks have gone likely will have a determining impact on how you approach the Week 4 waiver wire. If you're sitting pretty, build up that depth. If you're in dire straits, it might be time to make some riskier, higher-ceiling plays. Week 4 also marks the beginning of bye weeks, with both the 49ers and Jets off this coming week.

Only you can know what your specific team needs. With that in mind, here are four non-quarterbacks to keep in mind for waiver claims Tuesday morning, all of whom could reinvigorate your squad and are owned in fewer than 15 percent of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues.

Wayne Gallman, New York Giants RB

1 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 1 percent owned in ESPN

Saquon Barkley was the consensus No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts this season, but after suffering a high ankle sprain against the Buccaneers in Week 3, the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is expected to miss multiple weeks. That leaves a gaping hole in New York's offense, and someone has to take over the resulting void.

Enter Wayne Gallman.

Gallman isn't special, nor is the Giants' offense, but given the volume he is expected to demand in Barkley's absence, he's definitely worth a waiver claim. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is clearly far more dynamic than the statue that preceded him, which should make it tougher for opposing defenses to load up the box. Depending on the severity of Barkley's injury, Gallman probably should be the top overall waiver add this week.

Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs RB

1 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, <1 percent owned in ESPN

You want pieces of Kansas City's offense. I repeat: You want pieces of Kansas City's offense.

Okay, so that isn't all that groundbreaking. Such logic was prevalent back when fantasy drafts were being held, when the diminutive Darwin Thompson was commonly regarded as a top sleeper pick, someone who could eventually grab hold of all or part of the Chiefs' backfield and run with it.

Well, that was half-right.

With Damien Williams out and LeSean McCoy severely banged up, Darrel Williams -- not Thompson -- got the start at running back for Kansas City against the Ravens, and proceeded to rush nine times for 62 yards and catch five passes for another 47 receiving yards on Sunday.

McCoy aggravated his ankle injury in the second half and did not return. Damien Williams is still the starter, assuming he's healthy, but Darrel Williams appears to be the next man up for the job if it opens.

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Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts WR

4 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 4 percent owned in ESPN

The Colts' offense was supposed to fall off after Andrew Luck retired, but that simply hasn't proven to be true. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett has done an admirable job stepping into Luck's former role, as he's now thrown for seven touchdowns through three weeks, compared to only one interception. Meanwhile, running back Marlon Mack ranks third in the league in rushing.

Having T.Y. Hilton on the outside has helped to open things up for the offense, but the receiver might not be there next week after aggravating a quad injury in the win over the Falcons. Hilton has scored at least one touchdown in every game this season, and if he were to miss any extended time, there would be an abundance of targets there for the taking.

Parris Campbell was Indianapolis' first-round draft pick last April, and the speed demon seems like the best bet to assume Hilton's role. With upcoming matchups against the Raiders and Chiefs, he could put up some big numbers if he gets the opportunity.

[RELATED: Grading 49ers' offense, defense in gritty win vs. Steelers]

Damien Harris, New England Patriots RB

11 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 5 percent owned in ESPN

This is a pure bench stash play ... for now.

Guessing which running back Bill Belichick will favor on any given week is traditionally next-to-impossible, but alas, some of us like to live dangerously.

If Sony Michel is on your squad, you have been living dangerously. New England's No. 1 back coming into the season rushed nine times for a grand total of 11 paltry yards on Sunday, five of which came on a performance-salvaging touchdown. Michel has now failed to eclipse 85 total yards in any game this season, all while averaging less than 2.5 yards per carry.

If Belichick were to lose patience with Michel, Damien Harris might become the primary back for one of the top offenses in the league. New England used a third-round draft pick on Harris this past April, and while he was inactive the first two weeks, he's been regarded as Michel's most likely handcuff. 

Yes, there's also James White and Rex Burkhead to deal with, but both of them are more in the pass-catching vein. If Harris ever gets a legitimate shot, he might prove to be a league-winner.

Watch Kyle Shanahan give victory speech after 49ers win vs. Steelers

Watch Kyle Shanahan give victory speech after 49ers win vs. Steelers

"That's as cool of a win as I've ever been a part of."

It wasn't pretty, but the 49ers got the job done Sunday, defeating the visiting Steelers 24-20 to improve to 3-0 on the young season. In the locker room following the win, San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan greeted his boisterous team, and reminded the 49ers of what they had just accomplished.

"It was what we thought. We knew we would get their best," Shanahan shouted, "but we got different character this year, man."

He specifically credited the defense for holding Pittsburgh to just two field goals in the first half despite four turnovers by the offense.

"When you have five turnovers like that, it is hard to win in this league. You have to be good players, but you also have special people. You guys didn't waiver the whole game. Can't appreciate you guys enough for that."

Shanahan then issued his team a challenge: "How much better can we get, though?

"We can get better. We can get a lot better, men," he answered as the locker room reverberated in agreement.

[RELATED: Grading 49ers' offense, defense in gritty win vs. Steelers]

Shanahan proceeded to lay out the upcoming practice schedule, as the 49ers now enter their bye week. A perfect time to get better.