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SANTA CLARA — As great of a touchdown catch as Aldrick Robinson made and as impressive a pass as Jimmy Garoppolo dropped on target, the most encouraging thing about this particular play Tuesday came at right guard, where the 49ers are searching this camp for a new starter.
Veteran Jonathan Cooper, a late entry to the competition, looked every bit a potential starter when he blocked defensive linemen Ronald Blair and slid over to block any path toward Garoppolo, who stepped up in the pocket.
Cooper won’t be rushed into the starting role, however, and he won’t play in Thursday’s exhibition opener, having just been clear for full practices because of a left-knee issue dating back to last season with the Dallas Cowboys.
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan speaks during a press conference on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., for the San Francisco 49ers’ mini-camp. (Maritza Cruz/ Bay Area News Group)
“He’s left a good impression to me as a person,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I love the way how he’s carried himself through the offseason and into training camp. I know our team really likes him, and I know he’s working hard to get back.
“But as far as the field, no, he’s not there yet and that’s why we’re not putting too much on him right now.”
Mike Person is still taking the majority of first-team reps at right guard, as has been the case since Joshua Garnett sustained a knee injury three practices into camp. Erik Magnuson also is a candidate at right guard.
Here are nine other Niners’ notes from Tuesday:
1. Thursday’s script: Look for Jimmy Garoppolo and the other starters to play at least one series and likely not much more in the opener, Shanahan said. Younger starters might see more action, such as right tackle Mike McGlinchey, this year’s top draft pick.
Cornerback Jimmie Ward, having responded well this week from a hamstring scare, figures to start in place of Sherman at left cornerback.
2. Trent Taylor’s return: Wide receiver Trent Taylor said he’s “all good now” after having bone spurs shaved down in his lower back this spring. “I’m pretty much back to normal,” Taylor said. “Everybody is bruised up and I’m just feeling the camp soreness right now like everyone else is. Whenever the season comes around, I think I’ll be feeling good.”
Taylor said he’s “always” had low-back pain but it especially flared up this offseason. He had 17 catches over the final games last season as a popular target for Garoppolo. “Me and Jimmy do a good job communicating to each other, talking about the routes I run and what he expects,” Taylor said. “I’m looking forward to what we can do this year, for sure.”
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Aldrick Robinson (19) looks back over his shoulder at quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) as he celebrates his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports