News from Santa Clara is mostly good. The defense is humming along now that we have a better pass rush, and the offense yesterday was led by Jimmy G at a 14-21 completion rate, and some nice red-zone work. The biggest surprise in camp so far is the fight for backup TE, where Ross Dwelley is moving past rookie Kaden Smith, and injured Garrett Celek. He of course was an undrafted signee, but spent the offseason in Nashville working with George Kittle and The Beater to his advantage.
Deebo Samuel is starting to show signs of life as he hauled in a deep pass between the CB and a closing safety, beat them both to the ball, and stayed on his feet for the score.
Worrisome is the play of backup center Ben Garland. He’s getting beat like a drum, and with Westie on the bricks till opening day, Garland will hopefully improve, or we may need to do something when cut-down day sends some talent into the void.
McKinnon and Verrett were nowhere to be seen, nut K’Wuan Williams is quietly putting together a solid camp as well. He’ll be mainly a nickel back, but since we play in the NFC West with the likes of Goff, Wilson, and now Murray, I foresee a LOT of nickel. Having him playing well will be a big help.
4 days till the Dallas game!