Sakamoto: 10 Things We Learned From 49ers 1st OTA Practice via My iPhone

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What did we learn about the new look San Francisco 49ers?

1.) Please don’t stop the music! That’s right 49ers HC Chip Kelly brings back the college vibe by blasting the music like a Phi Psi party! Gotta love it!

2.) 49ers DE Quinton Dial and NT Mike Purcell display heavy/violent hands!

3.) 49ers heavily stress 3 types of blocks needed for ZBS; combo block, reach block, and drive block!

4.) TE Vance McDonald working on reach block

5.) 49ers tight ends working on drive blocking which requires generating power through the hips. 

6.) 49ers DBC Jeff Hafley stresses importance of fundamentals:

7.) 49ers WR Eric Rogers doesn’t like negative plays and has faith in himself to catch ball at it’s highest point:

8.) 49ers TE Bruce Miller talks about his preference to blocking closer to the line of scrimmage rather than behind it:

9.) 49ers DB Jimmie Ward and SS Jaquiski Tartt were paired on the back-end together during individual drills:

10.) 49ers CB Dontae Johnson and CB Marcus Cromartie show great burst to ball while catching away from body. 

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