The Good and Not So Good from Rookie 49ers Minicamp

SANTA CLARA – Here’s who stood out during the San Francisco 49ers’ rookie minicamp. Keep in mind, they didn’t have enough linemen to do 11-on-11 scrimmages, so they did 7-on-7 scrimmages. Which means I didn’t get to see Drake Jackson, Spencer Burford or Nick Zakelj compete. So I didn’t focus on them.


1. Wide receiver Danny Gray.

He was the best player on the field, the star of the practice. He got five targets and caught four of them, plus one catch was a 50-yard touchdown. On that play, he ran a deep post route and beat rookie sixth-round pick Tariq Castro-Fields (more on him below). Gray also made an acrobatic 20-yard catch along the left sideline. He even made a catch over the middle, although he caught the ball with his chest. He also dropped a short pass after running a quick slant. So he wasn’t perfect. But he is clearly explosive, much more so than Dante Pettis, my original comparison for Gray when the 49ers drafted him. A better comparison for Gray is former 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who also was extremely fast.


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