Santa Clara, California — The Niners’ Saturday morning workouts are fast and competitive. It’s clear from start to finish that the group is incredibly talented. Oh, and Trey Lance capped the ball with a nice cross-body throw, he got up to break the left pocket, then tossed left to find Ray-Ray McGraw on the goal line Germany. What about the rest? here you go…
1) You can’t be in the fields of the Niners facility without hearing someone mention Brandon Aiyuk. Of course, he’s had a great 2021, and he’s just building on that to become a more complete receiver in a position that’s very demanding. From a skill set perspective, his ability to win in coverage should be huge for the 49ers as they can use defensive overruns to their vaunted running game (now with Trey Lance involved). ).
2) Linebackers are probably the best in the NFL. Fred Warner needs no introduction. But the performances of Dre Greenlaw and Azeez Al-Shaair caught the eye early in training camp. Identifying roles for everyone should be fun/challenging for DeMeco Ryans.
3) The corner should be better than at any point in Kyle Shanahan’s six years in San Francisco. Emmanuel Moseley looks ready to take another step in his fifth season, and big-name free agent Charvarius Ward has adapted well to more off-ball offense than Kansas City.
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4) The depth of the running back suddenly became very, very solid. Elijah Mitchell is finally healthy and his 4.3 pace is evident on the training ground. Ty Davis-Price flashes real flesh on the mat. Trey Thelmon, a third-round pick last year, seems ready to take another step. All of them can play a role in helping the Niners manage Deebo Samuel, which is different from last year.
5) The inside of the offensive line is a big problem. Young guards Aaron Banks and Spencer Burford have a lot of talent but not a lot of experience — so that could be an issue early on, as this position can be an advantage throughout the season. There is a center game going on between Jack Brundle and Daniel Brunskill. Those three positions, plus the guy behind them, could go a long way in determining the Nines’ offense.
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