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49ers camp report: Tarvarius Moore gets free-safety reps with starters

49ers camp report: Tarvarius Moore gets free-safety reps with starters

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers' competition at free safety took a turn Tuesday.

Jimmie Ward, the favorite to open the season as the starter, was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list after fracturing his collarbone during the offseason program. However, he did not practice Tuesday. The 49ers' plan is to work him into the mix the week after the first preseason game.

Adrian Colbert, who ran with the starters for the first three practices, shared first-team snaps at free safety with second-year player Tarvarius Moore, who played cornerback as a rookie.

“T-Moore has been doing well since spring, since he made the change,” said Jaquiski Tartt, the starter at strong safety. “He’s been taking in the coaching and doing his job.”

But defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said Moore is a long way away from competing for a starting job.

"He’s by no means even close to being an NFL-ready safety by Week 1, but he is getting progressively better," Saleh said. "He’s got a lot of things to clean up with regards to, he’s hesitating, which is expected. He’s still new at the position, but he’s got to get to the point where he’s not really thinking about his job anymore where he can react and trigger, which is so important for our safety to be able to do.”

Ward took part in the team’s walk-through before practice, which was not allowed as long as he remained on the PUP list.

The secondary appears to be playing with more confidence -- perhaps in large part due to the improved pass rush.

“On the back end, that helps a lot, knowing they’re getting to the quarterback, so we can all be ready to break for the ball,” Tartt said.

Rough day for offense

The 49ers’ defense was clearly ahead of the offense through the first four practice, which is typical this time of year. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed six of 13 pass attempts, including one well-thrown pass down the field that tight end George Kittle dropped.

The reserves have been running more smoothly with Nick Mullens. On Tuesday, he completed seven of 10 pass attempts, while C.J. Beathard completed five of 10 throws. Mullens and Beathard remain in a too-close-to-call competition for the backup job.

Offensive Play of the Day

There was not much from which to choose in the passing game, so we look to the run game. Running back Matt Breida found an opening on the left side of the line and blasted through into the secondary. Cornerback Richard Sherman, who had the angle on Breida, ran him out of bounds 40 yards down the field.

Defensive Plays of the Day

The 49ers are expecting big things from defensive end Nick Bosa, and he has given the club no reason to be concerned through four practices. On Bosa’s very first snap of the 11-on-11 period, he broke through for his first of three quarterback sacks or pressures.

Injury report

Rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw had a hand laceration, while edge rusher Dee Ford had quadriceps and finger (right hand) issues. Both were pulled from practice, the team reported.

Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon sustained a minor knee issue early in the 11-on-11 period and was held out of practice the rest of the way. Greg Mabin took his place with the first team.

Guard Joshua Garnett did not practice for the third consecutive day after sustaining a dislocated ring finger on his right hand in practices Saturday and Sunday.

Fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who had his foot stepped on during practice Monday, and running back Jeffrey Wilson (finger) were held out.

This ‘n’ That

  • Cornerback Richard Sherman had a strong session during one-on-one drills, and also mixed it up a hit in run support.
     “I didn’t see it because I was taking on a block, but I heard it," Tartt said. "And he was (like), ‘I’m a grown man.’ That was good to hear from him. He’s been doing well, too. He’s looking like Sherman.”
  • Linebackers Malcolm Smith and LaRoy Reynolds and Elijah Lee, as well as edge rusher Ronald Blair made plays on incomplete passes while dropping into coverage. ... Defensive end Jamell Garcia-Williams used every bit of his 6-foot-8 frame to bat down a Beathard pass directed to the right side of the field.
  • Kittle had a team-high three receptions, while Trent Taylor, Richie James, Tevin Coleman and Jalen Hurd had two catches apiece. 
  • In addition to Bosa, DeForest Buckner, Kapron Lewis-Moore and Sheldon Day provided pressure or would-be sacks during practice.

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Next up

After a practice in which they racked up 62 snaps of 11-on-11, the 49ers have their first day off Wednesday. Clubs are not allowed to have more than four consecutive days of practices. The 49ers return to practice on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Will 49ers look to trade backup QBs C.J. Beathard or Nick Mullens?

Will 49ers look to trade backup QBs C.J. Beathard or Nick Mullens?

One of the major competitions being waged on the 49ers’ practice field is for a spot the club hopes will never be asked to play a significant role this season.

The 49ers’ hopes for the season hinge in large part on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo playing at a high level for 16 games. Behind him, in a too-close-to-call competition are C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens.

Once training camp opens in late-July, the competition for the backup role will heat up. Mullens outplayed Beathard last year, but all that did was create a level playing field for the competition that will ensue this summer.

This week marked the conclusion of the team’s official offseason program. Here are some questions submitted via Facebook:

What's the likelihood we trade one of our backup QBs to a team that loses a QB to injury? ( David Cummings)
The 49ers have three options:
1. Cut C.J. Beathard or Nick Mullens.
2. Keep three QBs on their 53-man roster.
3. Trade Beathard or Mullens.

Of those three options, there is no question the 49ers would rather trade one of their reserve quarterbacks.

I’m of the opinion right now that they are fine with either Beathard or Mullens as the backup to Jimmy Garoppolo. If another team feels a need to add a backup, I believe the 49ers would be open to trading either one – whichever player the other team wants more and will attract the better compensation.

Will Robbie be the starting kicker come the start of the regular season? (Richard Burley)
Robbie Gould has not publicly stated his intention, other than he has demanded a trade. (The 49ers said, in essence, “No, thanks. We want you to be our kicker.”)

It is difficult to imagine that Gould would forfeit more than $290,000 per game. The 49ers expect him to be on the field in Week 1 of the regular season. Jonathan Brown was the only kicker to participate in the offseason program. Right now, he’s their insurance policy.

Is there a possibility after the cutdowns start the 49ers will possibly pick up a savvy veteran guard or center considering the uncertainty and shakiness of our interior offensive line? (John Mayfield)
Based on their approach this offseason, the 49ers do not agree with your description of “uncertainty” and “shakiness” as it pertains to the interior of their offensive line.

There’s always a possibility of picking up someone for depth, but the addition of Ben Garland, who can play both guard and center, likely took care of that.

From what you've seen Matt, which WR has impressed you and the coaching staff the most? (Paul Martinez)
The 49ers’ top-two receivers during the offseason program were Dante Pettis and Trent Taylor. If Taylor remains healthy, he should benefit greatly from the tutelage of new receivers coach Wes Welker.

Considering the size of the front seven on defense are there concerns about our potential to defend against the run with the new Wide 9 scheme? (R.L. Stephens)
That is precisely why the 49ers’ defense now has three smaller, quicker stack linebackers. The Wide 9 is designed for the defensive ends to set the edge quicker to force running backs to cut inside earlier.

It also puts far more pressure on the linebackers to step up and cover more ground to prevent big plays on those plays.

Who is a name that might be a surprise cut before the 53-man roster is made? (Michael Tavares)
If I write the name here, he won’t be a surprise cut, right?

I’ll give you three players to watch. At first, I thought Marquise Goodwin might have a difficult time making the team. But he looked really good during the offseason program, and he does give the 49ers they don’t have anywhere else with his speed.

Veteran linebacker Malcolm Smith will have to earn his way. Elijah Lee and Dre Greenlaw look good, and they have special-teams value, too. Tight end Garrett Celek will be trying to come back from back surgery. I think he faces some pretty big odds at this stage of his career to remain on the team.

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Who are the starting safeties at the beginning of the season? (Nick Gillo)
Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt. (Insert the obligatory, “If healthy.”)

With Shanahan talking about having great depth, predict the biggest 2020 offseason needs. (Jeff Bratton)
I predict the biggest needs for next season will be determined by what happens this season.

49ers' Arik Armstead raises over $100K for equal opportunity education


49ers' Arik Armstead raises over $100K for equal opportunity education

SACRAMENTO — Over the weekend 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead raised over $100,000 at his Charity Gala to provide the underserved youth of his hometown with equal opportunity education programs.  

Proceeds from the weekend will fund the Armstead Academic Project which provides multiple resources for young students in the Sacramento area where Armstead grew up. Not only does the organization fund supplies for students and schools in need, but they also provide interactive programs for students to work in smaller groups.

Armstead is not just a talking head. He has done his research and cited several statistics that he is trying to change: Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare. 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate. 

One of Armstead’s programs is a creative writing workshop to help build the confidence of the participants. Armstead not only funds these programs, but he is also actively involved as a positive voice and role model. Last year some of the stories written at Armstead’s workshop were even published as a collection. 

Armstead’s cause was supported by several of his teammates, including Richard Sherman, DeForest Buckner, Ahkello Witherspoon, Ronald Blair, Jaquiski Tartt and Sheldon Day. Former teammate and current Raiders tackle Trent Brown, as well as Panthers linebacker and Sacramento native Shaq Thompson also attended. 

Several pieces of autographed sports memorabilia from Bay Area players were up for silent auction including signed jerseys from Steph Curry, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jerry Rice and Roger Craig. It was during the live auction where things got a little heated. 

Sherman donated a painting of his likeness which he autographed on site. He drove the price up by bidding for the item himself which got the crowd motivated and riled up. 

Another painting that featured Buckner and Armstead together as both Oregon Ducks and 49ers was an item that also had a flurry of bidding. Both players got up on the stage to help inspire bidders to open their wallets. 

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The following day Armstead hosted nearly 200 children in his youth football camp held at Pleasant Grove High School where he was a member of the football team. The campers went through both offensive and defensive drills while Armstead went from group to group giving one-on-one coaching. 

At the conclusion of the camp, Armstead spoke to the group and gave awards to campers who stood out both as teammates and with their work ethic. 

Armstead hopes to continue to raise awareness of how literacy affects the population in a positive way while providing opportunities for those with little or no resources.