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Nevada Appeal | Saturday, August 4, 2018 | A23

August 6th - 10th

San Francisco 49ers Dante Pettis runs during practice at the team’s headquarters
Thursday in Santa Clara, Calif.

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awkward running style. But he still finds
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers ways to move efficiently and get separation
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appear to have found a promising piece for from defenders. He first figured out he
second-year coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense had unique movement skills in the seventh
if the first week of training camp is any grade.
Rookie Dante Pettis, a receiver drafted in
“I would watch film of me running and
I was like, ‘Why do I run so different than
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the second round out of Washington, has everybody else?’ I didn’t really get it and
been a quick study in Shanahan’s complex then I was just like ‘All right, that’s just
scheme. He’s also been a tough cover for how I run’ and kind of accepted it,” said
opposing defensive backs, evident by his
string of catches against the starting de-
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In fact, Pettis closed Wednesday’s prac- ua Garnett hasn’t practiced since banging
tice by catching a 45-yard touchdown pass
from Jimmy Garoppolo, speeding by prom-
ising second-year player Ahkello Wither-
knees with a teammate Saturday and is
listed as day to day.
Jimmie Ward has been sidelined since
spoon, after earlier beating All-Pro Richard
Sherman for a catch on a crossing route.
midway through Tuesday’s practice with a
hamstring injury, though he could return
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ter he was drafted. issue and has been listed as week-to-week.
But Shanahan made a sizable bet that Ward and Armstead are expected to have
Pettis could do it given his work as a punt
returner. Pettis set the NCAA record with
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nine punt return touchdowns during his ly concerned about their absences from
four college seasons. He has been difficult camp. But given NFL teams are allowed
to jam at the line of scrimmage in the early just 14 padded practices during the regular
going. season, they are missing opportunities to
“If you can make guys miss with your hone their crafts.
feet when you have the ball in your hand, “Anyone who’s missing reps right now
you should be able to do it in routes, too,” is missing valuable time,” said Saleh. “If
Shanahan said. “To combine that with his you’re not getting your practice reps, some-
speed and his hands and his intelligence, one’s going to pass you up. But, at the same
which he is very smart, you feel pretty time, those guys are doing a great job in
confident that he’s going to continue to get walk through and meetings and making
The 49ers traded up 15 spots in the sec-
sure they’re getting all of their mental reps
so that when they do come back, they won’t
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ond round to draft Pettis to add to a receiv- skip a beat.” rate after 2pm
ing corps headlined by dependable veteran NOTES: TE Cole Wick suffered a knee
Pierre Garcon and speedster Marquise injury during team drills Thursday and Mon-Fri
Goodwin, who has also looked good during was scheduled for further testing, the team
recent practices. said. ... LB Brock Coyle (hip) is expected Aug 6-10
Shanahan is hoping the offense can to work back into practice next week, as
continue to progress after ranking third in will offensive lineman JP Flynn (knee) . LT
yardage (410) and fifth in points per game Joe Staley, WR Pierre Garcon, CB Richard
(28.8) during the five-game winning streak Sherman, RB Jerick McKinnon, DT Earl
with Garoppolo as a starter to end 2017. Mitchell, DT DeForest Buckner and LB
While Goodwin, a former Olympic long Malcolm Smith were given Thursday off.