Well the first day of San Francisco 49ers practice saw plenty of highlights and lowlights on the day. A practice that saw second-year starter CB Tramaine Brock struggle while another cornerback shined in first-round pick DB Jimmie Ward, it was a good day all around as the team tries to better themselves as they prepare for the 2014 season.
In individual drills it was Brock who struggled, as he was beat on a go-route by WR Kassim Osgood only to hold him for dear life where a defensive holding penalty would have resulted. Then a few plays later, Brock was seen getting man handled by WR Stevie Johnson as Brock tried to press him off the line of scrimmage. A play that displayed Johnson’s strength rather than Brock’s inability to press it was good to see the two compete.
One cornerback who shined however was the stellar play of first-round pick (No.30) DB Jimmie Ward. The rookie made the highlight of the day as he picked off QB Colin Kaepernick. A great play that displayed his ballhawking skills as it came off a tipped pass by CB Chris Cook, it was Ward who made the interception possible as he dove for the ball right before hitting the ground. Ward spoke about his good practice today and is captured via our instagram.
With Ward getting up to speed on things it was another rookie that surprised me the most as in third-round pick ILB Chris Borland. Throughout individual drills, Borland displayed quick feet, sideline-to-sideline range, and coverage skills to be a potential day one starter. Now, he still has ways to go but do not be surprised if he turns some heads in training camp.
But with that said, it wasn’t all dandy however as second-round pick RB Carlos Hyde struggled in the receiving game as he dropped two balls. Not good for someone that needs to standout in a crowded backfield but nonetheless will have plenty of time to work out the kinks as this was his first live action in training camp.
With the 49ers preparing for another grueling day of Training Camp tomorrow we will keep you updated on the latest as it unfolds.