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49ers Training Camp Day 4 breakdown: Quarterbacks

Rohan Chakravarthi
Jul 30, 2023 at 4:50 PM--

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Day 4 of the San Francisco 49ers training camp is officially over, as head coach Kyle Shanahan conducted a shorter practice during the last session before pads come on Monday.

After a few practices where the defense held the upper hand, the offense shined on Day 4, with quarterbacks Trey Lance and Sam Darnold splitting first-team reps as Brock Purdy had a scheduled rest day.

What was the context behind Lance, Darnold, and third-string quarterback Brandon Allen's days on Sunday?

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11-on-11s: 1st Period

Trey Lance (QB1)

  1. Trey Lance hits George Kittle on a play-action leak for 25 yards, placing the ball over a trailing Marcelino McCrary-Ball and in front of safety George Odum, who was traveling from the middle of the field. It was the best throw of the day, and Lance's best of training camp.

Sam Darnold (QB2)

  1. Sam Darnold is sacked by the combination of Kevin Givens and Alex Barrett on the lone passing attempt of his first set of plays.

Brandon Allen(QB3)

  1. Brandon Allen finds Danny Gray for a 15-yard pass on a nice strike to the receiver.

Redzone: 1st Period

Sam Darnold (QB1)

  1. Sam Darnold hits Brandon Aiyuk on a 15-yard strike for a touchdown. Aiyuk ran an in-breaking route from the outside, beating Ambry Thomas, and Darnold hit him right in the chest for the score.
  2. Sam Darnold hits Elijah Mitchell on a screen pass that gains six yards after the catch.
  3. Sam Darnold throws an incompletion to George Kittle running a quick out-route, as the throw was too wide.
  4. Sam Darnold hits Brandon Aiyuk for another touchdown. Darnold felt pressure on a near-sack, scrambled to his right side, and hit Aiyuk, who had freed himself wide open, in the corner of the endzone for a touchdown on the run.

Trey Lance(QB2)

  1. Trey Lance hits Tyrion Davis-Price on an out-route as pressure came to the quarterback.
  2. Trey Lance hits Chris Conley on a slant for a few yards.
  3. Trey Lance rushes to the left for a touchdown on a near-sack from Spencer Waege, breaking away from the pocket and running up the sidelines for the score.

Brandon Allen(QB3)

  1. Brandon Allen hits Brandon Aiyuk for a touchdown on a dart between safeties Myles Hartsfield and Tayler Hawkins.
  2. Brandon Allen throws an incompletion to Brayden Willis on an out-route. Willis had a step and could've scored a touchdown had the ball been on his chest, but Allen missed too low, forcing the tight end to dive for the ball, and he nearly made a nice catch, but it was incomplete.

11-on-11s: 2nd Period

Trey Lance (QB1)

  1. Trey Lance throws an incompletion to Elijah Mitchell on a wheel route 20 yards down the field. Lance delivered a solid ball, and defensive end Drake Jackson was impressively able to carry Mitchell down the sideline and the ball deflected off his shoulder. Ball could've been a little more out in front, but a solid pass.

Sam Darnold (QB2)

  1. Sam Darnold hits Brandon Aiyuk on a 15-yard in-breaking route over the middle. Aiyuk beat undrafted rookie D'Shawn Jamison and was wide open.
  2. Sam Darnold hits Brandon Aiyuk on a 15-yard slant that the receiver took 35 yards after the catch for a touchdown. Aiyuk easily beat A.J. Parker from the slot and was wide open for Darnold to hit, racing past the defense for another score.
  3. Sam Darnold hits Deebo Samuel for a 15-yard slant against A.J. Parker. It was the exact same route as Aiyuk had just beaten Parker with, and Samuel achieved the same result, being wide open as the throw was made.

Brandon Allen(QB3)

  1. Brandon Allen throws a deep incompletion intended for Tay Martin, with Tre Swilling there to make the play. Martin had a step on his defender, but Allen threw the ball a little late and had too much air underneath it, leading to the underthrow and pass breakup.

Redzone: 2nd Period

Trey Lance(QB1)

  1. Trey Lance hits a wide-open Chris Conley, who beat Ambry Thomas, in the back of the endzone for a touchdown.
  2. Trey Lance throws an incompletion to Deebo Samuel while on the run to his right. This should've been a completion in stride to Samuel running toward the right sideline for a touchdown, but Lance threw the ball way wide.
  3. Trey Lance's pass is batted at the line of scrimmage by Drake Jackson. It appeared that Lance was targeting Brandon Aiyuk in the back corner of the endzone.

Sam Darnold(QB2)

  1. Sam Darnold hits Deebo Samuel on a screen for a few yards.
  2. Sam Darnold throws an incompletion to Jauan Jennings, misfiring high as the receiver was attempting an in-breaking route. This was Darnold's worst pass of the day.

Brandon Allen(QB3)

  1. Brandon Allen finds Ray-Ray McCloud on an out-route for a touchdown. Allen made a nice play, picking up a botched snap off the ground and rolling to his right for the accurate throw to McCloud.

Final Stats

Trey Lance: 4/7, 2 TDs(1 rush TD)
Sam Darnold: 7/9, 3 TDs
Brandon Allen: 3/5, 1 TD

Overall Grade

After some uninspiring quarterback performances recently, Sam Darnold and Trey Lance shined today, with the former edging out the latter Sunday. While Darnold did have strong matchups with the second-team offense, he showcased confidence and delivered strikes to many areas of the field, while working the redzone well for the 49ers. He gets an 'A' grade, while Lance earns a 'B+' for his performance on what was his best day of camp thus far.

Stay tuned for the next practice, Sunday, and the quarterback report that will ensue!

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