There were a couple of new faces at Tuesday’s Organized Team Activity at 49ers headquarters, but the most eye-catching play was turned in from one of the tenured veterans.
In fact, the deep passing play was the standout play of the day. The defensive standouts included rookie cornerbacks
Cooper, a seventh-round pick out of Rutgers, undercut a deep sideline route intended for rookie wide receiver
Despite the interception, McCoy’s progress was noticeable at the OTA session. The fourth-year pro is learning his fourth offensive system in the NFL, but has made a strong early impression with noticeable chunk plays like the deep ball to San Francisco’s starting tight end.
“I’m learning,” McCoy said after the two-hour session open to the media. “If there’s anything my focus is on right now, it’s to learn the system.”
Jim Harbaugh complimented his top two quarterbacks, Kaepernick and McCoy. The 49ers coach said Kaepernick has been improving in two-minute drill scenarios and that McCoy continues to pick up Greg Roman's offensive system.
The 49ers coach also praised his entire team for their efforts in OTAs.
“I sense they’re very eager,” Harbaugh said of his club. “It’s progressing well.”
Harbaugh began the practice conversing with the team’s newly hired senior offensive consultant, Eric Mangini, a respected former head coach with 15 years of NFL coaching experience.
“I feel like we added a really talented, knowledgeable coach,” Harbaugh said.
Mangini observed the offensive position groups throughout practice. He began by watching wide receivers and then moved over to the quarterbacks and running backs where he struck up a mini conversation with McCoy, his former quarterback with the Cleveland Browns.
In addition to Mangini, the 49ers had other new faces at practice: wide receiver Kassim Osgood and safety
Ventrone joined the first-team kick-off unit at practice. The other members of the kick-off group were
The second-team kick-off group featured: Rose,
Harbaugh sounded pleased with the added depth to the special teams units, too.
“The guys are the punt and kick-off team show great desire to be elite,” the 49ers coach said. “They have a chance to be elite.”
More Notes From OTAs
-Ventrone wore No. 41 and Osgood wore No. 13 at practice.
-Davis was catching passes behind a black medal bar during special teams period. The bar, connected to a blocking sled used by the linebackers, allowed Davis to replicate catching passes over a defenders arm. Tight ends coach Reggie Davis launched passes high and low to the 49ers tight end.
-Dahl recorded a pass breakup on a McCoy pass intended for rookie tight end
-McCoy lasered a deep go route to tight end
-Kaepernick rifled in a skinny post to
-McCoy found undrafted wideout