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SANTA CLARA – Rookie Dante Pettis essentially won his first full-squad, minicamp practice Tuesday, pacing the 49ers wide receivers by catching all four passes targeted for him.
That was good and necessary news from the second-round draft pick. His receptions and precision routes compensated for the absences of Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor.
Taylor hasn’t practiced in the offseason program because of minor surgery to remove bone spurs, the result of “wear and tear” from his rookie season, coach Kyle Shanahan said. Taylor should be back within the first week of training camp.
Goodwin did not dress for practice, did not appear injured and watched in upbeat fashion.
Pettis had multiple highlights in the 90-minute session. Midway through, he hauled in a 40-yard pass from C.J. Beathard down the right sideline for a near touchdown, against Tarvarius Moore’s tight coverage. Beathard later hit him for a nice, 13-yard reception.
Pierre Garçon remains the top option and most proven veteran on the 49ers’ receiving corps, and he’s still establishing a rapport with Jimmy Garoppolo, who didn’t debut last season until Garçon already was on injured reserve with a neck fracture.
One other wide receiver back on the radar: Aaron Burbridge, who caught a C.J. Beathard touchdown pass. Burbridge, whose physical style and frame are shades of Anquan Boldin, spent last season on injured reserve and is a special-teams ace.
— Reuben Foster lined up as the weak-side linebacker next to Malcom Smith at the “Mike” spot on the first-string defense. Minicamp remains a non-contact session, and Foster let out a “Whoo!” as he raced by rather than hit ball carrier Jerick McKinnon.
“He’s been Rube. I mean, Rube is Rube,” safety Jaquiski Tartt said. “He’s been exciting. He’s bringing energy to …read more
Source:: The Mercury News