Tight end Jordan Reed has not looked rusty since stepping on the 49ers’ practice field this week.
The ease and grace with which he runs routes is obvious.
And with All-Pro tight end George Kittle sitting out with a tight hamstring and Ross Dwelley sidelined with a foot injury, there was little question Friday that Reed looked like the team’s most polished player at the position.
“It was good to get Jordan out there more than he’s been out there,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said after practice on Friday inside of Levi’s Stadium.
“It was probably his most reps, at least back-to-back reps. He made some good plays – some obvious ones you guys saw and missed a couple, also.”
Reed caught five passes for 46 yards during the team’s practice sessions. He found a hole in the 49ers’ defense between cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Jaquiski Tartt for a 5-yard catch from Jimmy Garoppolo.
Reed, 30, already appears to be in good position to win a roster spot with the 49ers this season if he can just remain healthy.
Reed did not play last season with Washington after sustaining the seventh documented concussion of his career.
Since entering the NFL in 2013, he has appeared in just 65 games. Reed has 329 career receptions for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Rookie tight ends Charlie Warner and Chase Harrell also looked good during practice Friday. Harrell caught Woerner caught five passes from Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard, while Woerner had two catches from Garoppolo with the first-team offense.