San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters after Monday’s training camp practice. Here is everything he had to say.
Transcript provided by the San Francisco 49ers Communications staff.
Can you just give us an update on WR Jalen Hurd and what you know about the results of the MRI, if you have them?
“We still haven’t gotten the result yet, but I saw something that the ACL was reported today. We’ll be surprised if it’s not. It happened yesterday. He’s at the MRI right now, but it was a pretty unfortunate thing for him. We know what he went through last year with his back and the guy has worked as hard as anyone on our team to get back and for him to get hurt before he actually got to go out there and just a freak thing on air cutting, really felt bad for the guy, but he’ll be back next year.”
I was wondering if you had an update on CB K’Waun Williams who missed practice?
“Yeah, K’Waun’s kind of in the same boat as a few other guys like [TE] Jordan [Reed] and [DL Arik] Armstead. We’re taking care of him. He could go if he wanted to or if we really needed him to. I think it was a little calf tightness. That’s what I think it was, but nothing too big.”
First day with pads on, what are your impressions thus far? I know it’s only one day.
“I mean, it’s a lot more fun to get the pads on. We definitely need to play a lot more football. Guys are going hard and stuff, but guys die out pretty fast. Just the energy of putting pads on, playing football, getting into football shape. We had our first two periods today that weren’t scripted. Just move the ball type stuff, and guys die out pretty fast, which is what is expected on your third practice, first day of pads. It’s going to come a lot faster, so the key with the team is guys knowing how fast it’s going to come. So, that’s why it’s so important, what they do between now and tomorrow, so they can recover, so we can get a real practice in tomorrow. That’ll kind of be the theme of these whole two, three weeks, that we have to prepare until the week that we’re preparing for, Week One. Guys got to just keep rehabbing and taking care of their bodies as well as they can.”
I don’t know how much you were able to watch DL Nick Bosa and OL Trent Williams, but is it safe to say that that’s something you’re really excited about seeing, Trent making that transition back to the game and Nick helping him get there? Also, just the kind of challenge that Trent will pose on a daily basis for Nick?
“Oh, yeah. It’s been real cool to watch. You’ve got two extremely talented guys, but the cool thing about them is you’ve got two guys who really understand their technique and the position. Trent with the years he’s been in the league with his talent and Nick has understood technique, I always joke about, since he came out of the womb because he’s been made to rush the passer. So, watching those two go together, it’s pretty cool. They had two one-on-one reps yesterday. They split them. It’s fun to watch them adjust to each other. Trent hasn’t played in a little bit, but it doesn’t look like it. His skillset is still there. Everything’s still there. We’ve just got to get him in football shape along with pretty much everyone else on our team right now.”
I was wondering just with WR Deebo Samuel out, do you have an idea of who will start at X and Z and how have those rotations at receiver gone early on in practice?
“No, we don’t have any idea who will start at X or Z or F, which is what we call our third receiver. Even if Deebo was here, we still worked that the same way. Our guys are kind of all over the place. We mix them at each position. It’s been a little tough deal with receivers right now. We’ve lost three guys before we’ve even practiced who are expected to make the team. You’ve always got to compete, but they’re three guys who made it last year. Not having Deebo, not having [WR] Richie [James Jr.] and now losing Hurd has put us in a little bit of a bind, just trying to get through this. Helped huge getting those two guys yesterday and we’ll probably have to get another guy here coming up.”
I realize that WR Kendrick Bourne was kind of an under the radar guy as a rookie. It seems like every year he’s been kind of found money, but are you putting more pressure on him? Are you challenging him to be not only a nice accessory piece, but a guy who’s an absolute mainstay of this offense now with the injury situation?
“Yes. I don’t know if you would think there’s much difference right now in how we talk to him to how we always talk to him. We challenge to get the most out of him every single day, regardless of what the situation is, but if you go in and look at the cut ups last year and we had some really good play from Deebo and from [New Orleans Saints WR] Emmanuel [Sanders], but you watch Bourne, he might not have had as many catches and stuff, but just his consistent play over last year, I thought he was one of our best guys, if not our best. He’s…