49ers practice 9: Nothing to see here at Kezar


49ers practice 9: Nothing to see here at Kezar

SAN FRANCISCO – The 49ers’ only open practice of training camp did not supply their fans with much excitement.

Neither Blaine Gabbert nor Colin Kaepernick could get much going during the practice session other than completions on safe, underneath throws. Several fans were in attendance Wednesday at Kezar Stadium. The 49ers played at Kezar from the team's inception in 1946 before moving to Candlestick Park in 1971.

The only notable pass completion of the day was possible only because Gabbert’s pass slipped through the hands of leaping rookie cornerback Rashard Robinson deep along the left sideline. The ball ended up in Jerome Simpson’s grasp for a 35-yard touchdown during a 7-on-7 drill.

Gabbert completed 8 of 14 pass attempts during 11-on-11 periods, while Kaepernick went 3 of 8. Safety Antoine Bethea nearly picked off Kaepernick, who telegraphed an intermediate throw. Center Marcus Martin misconnected on two snaps to Kaepernick from the shotgun formation.

Earlier in the day, coach Chip Kelly said both quarterbacks will receive equal play time with the first-team offense before a starter is anointed for the start of the regular season.

“To make a fair evaluation, they both have to get reps with the ones,” Kelly said.

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This ‘n’ that: About the only standout of the day was Bradley Pinion, who blasted three punts of approximately 65 yards (with the wind) during a punt/punt-return drill. . .

Bruce Ellington muffed Pinion’s first punt, eliciting groans from the crowd. . .

The only touchdown during a red-zone drill occurred when Thad Lewis found rookie receiver Devon Cajuste on a short toss along the back line of the end zone. . .

Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks beat left tackle Joe Staley for a sack on an inside move during a red-zone drill for a sack.

Injury report: Defensive lineman Arik Armstead was held out of practice for a second consecutive day due to an apparent shoulder injury. Originally, Armstead was going to practice. But after individual drills, head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson and defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro decided to hold him out of team drills for another day.

Quote of the day: "I thought it was a cool experience. The bathrooms in there are from the 1940s. I thought that was cool" -- Anthony Davis on practicing at Kezar Stadium.

Daily transactions: None.

Next practice: The 49ers are scheduled to return to practice Thursday at 10:25 a.m. in Santa Clara. The session is closed to the general public.

49ers place Trent Taylor on IR, re-sign veteran tackle Sam Young

49ers place Trent Taylor on IR, re-sign veteran tackle Sam Young

The 49ers on Friday signed veteran offensive tackle Sam Young to a one-year contract and placed wide receiver Trent Taylor on injured reserve.

Taylor, who underwent surgery Aug. 10 to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, must sit out for at least eight weeks before he is eligible to return to the 49ers’ 53-man roster and appear in a game.

Originally, the 49ers placed Taylor's timetable to return at four to six weeks. As recently as last week, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he hoped Taylor would be able to return to action after the 49ers' Week 4 bye.

Taylor was expected to be one of the team’s leading pass-catchers this season before he sustained the fracture to the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. Since the 49ers selected him in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, Taylor has appeared in 29 games and caught 69 passes for 645 yards and three touchdowns.

The 49ers re-signed Young, who was among their final cuts before the start of the regular season. The 49ers require more depth at offensive tackle after Joe Staley broke his left fibula, an injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Rookie Justin Skule is scheduled to start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at left tackle.

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In his nine-year NFL career, Young has appeared in 88 games with 21 starts with Dallas, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Miami. Young will wear No. 65 for the 49ers.

Why Richard Sherman believes it's good to have unhappy high-profile players leave their teams

Why Richard Sherman believes it's good to have unhappy high-profile players leave their teams

SANTA CLARA – Players in the NFL do not have the advantage of guaranteed contracts, such as those in the NBA. But more and more, NFL players are leveraging their star status to bounce from one team to another.

And cornerback Richard Sherman, the 49ers player representative and a vice president on the NFL Players Association’s executive committee, views that as a positive all the way around.

“I’m sure the owners don’t like that,” Sherman said. “They don’t want to give up any power or for players to flex their power, but I think it’s good for the game. It’s good for the game to have some differences.”

Wide receiver Antonio Brown forced a trade from Pittsburgh to the Raiders this spring. Then, he got his way out of Oakland in order to land with the New England Patriots. The Steelers this week acquired Miami defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick after the second-year safety demanded a trade from the Miami Dolphins.

Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey has requested a trade out of Jacksonville. Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams and Chargers running back Melvin Gordon are high-profile holdouts. Former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell sat out all of 2018 in order to hit free agency, where he landed a lucrative contract with the New York Jets.

Sherman said he believes the player movement is good for the game because it is different than what the NFL has experienced in the past. Until recently, it was rare for high-profile players to switch teams at the heights of their careers.

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Now, marquee players -- such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Khalil Mack who were traded to Cleveland and Chicago, respectively – are moving with more frequency for ample draft-pick compensation.

“People are starting to realize the first-round picks aren’t as valuable as they used to be,” Sherman said. “It’s what can you do for me now? Rather than waiting and developing a player who may develop or may not develop, you’re getting players that you know who they’re going to be. You know what they are.”

Sherman said an added benefit of players exercising their rights to get out of bad situations is it should inspire NFL teams to treat their players better in order to foster loyalty.

“I think players are becoming more volatile and more frustrated and more angry, and (they are) doing their best to get out of those situations,” Sherman said. “So, hopefully, these organizations treat these players better and players move forward and it works out well for both sides.”