49ers mailbag: Does Jimmy G have sharper grasp of Kyle’s offense?

Nick Bosa's hamstring injury in Tuesday's practice adds to team's lengthy list of health concerns

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    SANTA CLARA – Full-team practices are underway on the 49ers practice fields, so let’s open up the Twitter mailbag after our first look Tuesday at the organized team activities:

    Would love to see how the new edge guys look out there, Dee Ford and Nick Bosa. (@KBNFLScout)

    The good news: Ford’s much-advertised first step is indeed blistering, as right tackle Mike McGlinchey testified after Ford strutted his stuff not just on a pass rush but a run stop. The bad news: Bosa strained his right hamstring halfway through practice, so it’s unlikely he pushes it this final month of the offseason program.

    Why does it seem that Marquise Goodwin is more focused on track instead of football? (@Mr_UnPopOpinion)

    Goodwin caught a Jimmy Garoppolo pass to open a 7-on-7 session, so take that as a sign he’s still focused on his day job rather than chasing gold in the 2020 Olympic long jump. Garoppolo, however, doesn’t need to rely on Goodwin as much as last offseason. Jordan Matthews, Deebo Samuel, Richie James Jr. and Trent Taylor made positive connections Tuesday, too, and Dante Pettis lingers as a probable starter.

    Hey Cam, I’m very curious as to where Jalen Hurd gets the majority of his snaps. (@ThatOsCruz)

    Hurd, a third-round pick, is still healing from meniscus surgery so he watched practice rather than line up at receiver (or running back or tight end or H-back).

    Will Jason Verrett be participating in OTAs? (@RSmith_BTL)

    It doesn’t appear so. The former Pro Bowl cornerback watched on the sideline Tuesday, nine months since rupturing an Achilles. Richard Sherman, who’s shared his Achilles rehab tips with Verrett, said of him: “When he’s on the field, he’s one of the best corners in the game. He has great instincts, great movements, great ballskills. He’s just a pest. … If he gets back up to speed, he’s going to be tough to deal with.”

    Does Jimmy G seem to have a sharper grasp of Kyle’s offense going into second full season? (@Curtis_Rhodes7)

    It’s early but Garoppolo thinks so, saying things are “much smoother, that’s for sure, the installs and everything. Last year, it was really my first time sitting down and learning it from an OTA point of view rather than cramming for a test. It’s been smoother and a lot more simple in the mornings.”

    I would love to see an accurate representation of their running back system, whether it is by committee with Coleman and Breida (my bet), or if McKinnon will be involved over Breida in the future. (@Stephen65974848)

    Tuesday’s realism: We learned Jerick McKinnon (ACL recovery), Matt Breida (slight pectoral tear) and Raheem Mostert (forearm) won’t be allowed in full-team drills in OTAs, leaving Tevin Coleman to handle the load with Jeffrey Wilson Jr. and Austin Walter. Check back in late August.

    I would like to know how the rookies and new additions are looking. Can we also get an update on what the strength staff is doing this year since they are new? (@49ersfaithful88)

    Highlights Tuesday included Samuel (second round) making catches, Mitch Wishnowsky (fourth round) booming coffin-corner punts and Dre Greenlaw lining up as a first-team linebacker while Fred Warner and Kwon Alexander recover from knee injuries. Speaking of the new strength and training staffs, they’re busier than expected. Shanahan noted 18 players won’t be in full-team drills at OTA, six more than expected.

     

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