49ers News: Spencer Burford, elite movement skills

49ers notebook: QB Trey Lance thrilled to have Deebo back; WR Danny Gray says “Everything falls into place”; OL Spencer Burford keeps dancing

“Fans loved what they saw from Burford on Saturday, and Lance also loved what he saw from the rookie during first-team rehearsals.

“Spencer did a great job,” Lance said. “I think he started almost every first-team rep with us. He did a great job. Super mature guy.

Hutchinson: 49ers practice report: Last-second touchdown between Lance and McCloud

“If you were making your predictions on the 53-man roster, the top seven spots look filled. Let’s say the starting line looks like this:


Behind them is clearly Brunskill, then McKivitz. You’d expect Moore to be the eighth man in the lineup, but if his injury persists, it might give the 49ers pause. It’s premature, however, and he’s still likely to make the team.

Things are slowing down for 49ers QB Trey Lance

“Lance on Saturday spoke to reporters about his progress. One of the hardest parts of transitioning to the NFL is adjusting to the speed of the game and the speed at which decisions have to be made. While the game may have flown for Lance during his brief playing time as a rookie, that’s starting to change.

How Brandon Aiyuk went from doghouse to top dog: 49ers camp report

“Asked specifically what Aiyuk did to have the best training camp of his career, Shanahan said the catcher’s mentality has changed. A year ago, he was the last catcher to go through drills. Now , he is the first. A year ago, he was trying to break free from a tight cover with his hands. Now he does it by moving away with his feet and hips, which is what Shanahan wants.

“If you want to open up in this league, you have to be so violent in the way you run,” Shanahan said. “And it’s often difficult for the guys. You do this three days in a row and sometimes they have to take a week off. That’s why knowing how these guys prepare is so crucial. And it’s hard when you’re not with them.

Branch: 49ers practice report: buckle up for the Trey Lance experience (paywall)

“Lance immediately bounced back from two telegraphed short passes, the last of which was returned for such an easy pick six by free safety Jimmie Ward, to finish on a high. Lance capped a clean eight-play, 65-yard, two-minute drive by stepping into the pocket and throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass on the run to wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud as time expired.

Cohn: The good and the bad of day 9 of training camp: Trey Lance throws a Pick 6 and a TD Pass

“But after throwing pick 6, he led the offense down the field in 80 seconds and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass as time expired to win by three runs. He stepped into the pocket, bought time by rolling left, stopped, spotted Ray-Ray McCloud open in the end zone and fired a nice touchdown pass across the field. So Lance was clutch and he redeemed himself. On the last ride, Lance was near perfect. First he hit George Kittle for 17 yards. Then Lance threw a flat pass to JaMycal Hasty, who he dropped. Then Lance climbed 6 meters. Then Lance hit Deebo Samuel for 6 yards on 3rd and 4th. Then Lance scrambled for 7 yards. Then Lance hit Kittle for 11 yards. Then Lance hit Kittle for 3 yards. Then Lance threw the touchdown pass to McCloud. Lance obviously needs to be more consistent, but he showed the potential to be elite on this last drive. He finished the practice 11 for 19 with two drops.

49ers sign veteran offensive tackle [report]

“Chosen in the fifth round in 2013 by the Chicago Bears, he was a starter for the vast majority of his first five years in the league, starting 82 games for the Bears and Buffalo Bills. He has played 100 career games, starting 87 of them.

What Kyle Shanahan said before 49ers 9th training camp practice

“San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to reporters ahead of Saturday’s practice, the ninth of training camp. Here’s everything he had to say.

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers playbook doesn’t change for Trey Lance; Jauan Jennings difficult to cover

“You just have to watch how they separate from people and how they move,” Shanahan said. “Jauan is a bit unusual in his movement so it’s not obvious to everyone, but if you look at him he creates an advantage over people every game. And when he doesn’t he doesn’t never stop running. So he’s violent and big enough to fight through anything.

49ers legend Bryant Young delivers heartfelt speech at Hall of Fame induction

“You know, the famous writer Arthur Brooks compares us to a groove of Aspen trees with a single root system. ‘It’s you too,’ Brooks writes. ‘You are not a tree. You are part of a vast root system and you need to cultivate your system Don’t just pay attention to your tree I stand here by my root system My wife, family and friends, my teammates, my football brothers, the University of Our Dame and the 49ers Coaches who saw potential and honed it, doctors, coaches, spiritual mentors, and our church and school community, and above all, a merciful God.

“I’ll end with a few lessons I’ve learned along the way. From my pain, I found purpose. Letting someone grab my hand is as important as reaching out theirs. In an isolated world, personal relationships matter more than ever. I keep my eyes on Christ and dedicate myself to good works, including the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. And I learned to trust God’s plan and timing, not mine. In this 10th year of eligibility, I walk into the Hall as a member of his 22…2022…22 was Colby’s favorite number. Thanks.”