Trey Lance working on his deep throws to Deebo after practice pic.twitter.com/0fiGHtjnZ8
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Perhaps the most important part of Day 8 of 49ers training camp is what happened when practice ended. A handful of players stuck around after Friday’s session, including offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill, quarterback Trey Lance and wide receiver Deebo Samuel. Lance and Samuel took the opportunity to get some much-needed additional work in.
There were a couple things happening here.
First, Brunskill was working on his shotgun snaps – an area he’s struggled in during his brief stints at center in the NFL. He’s in a battle with Jake Brendel for the starting center job.
The more important thing though is the added throws from Lance to Samuel. That pair hasn’t gotten a ton of chances to work out together since Lance became the team’s starting quarterback. Samuel didn’t participate in OTAs or mandatory minicamp, then he missed the entire first set of training camp practices.
It was clear the two weren’t on the same page earlier in the week when a couple of incompletions resulted from miscommunications between the two players. One post-practice session isn’t going to completely catch them up, but stacking practices and these additional reps together will get them there by the time the season starts.
Lance has had a lot of success with WR Brandon Aiyuk after the two got a ton of offseason work in together. If the QB can find that same rapport with Samuel it will make life much easier on the young signal caller, and make life much harder for opposing defenses.