49ers QB Roll Call: Brock Purdy finds Deebo Samuel for scary touchdown

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Unlike the previous day, when Brandon Allen was skunked on the snap count, all four quarterbacks participated in team drills on Friday at 49ers training camp. Here’s how they appeared:


Brock Purdy wasn’t done after a 20-pass barrage marked his most extensive action of training camp. Purdy went to the sideline with the 49ers’ three other quarterbacks for extra-credit work, which included connecting with George Kittle on a couple of out routes.

No pass weighed more in Friday’s two-hour practice than Purdy’s 12-yard fade route to Deebo Samuel for a touchdown at the end zone’s front, right pylon. Samuel landed hard on the ground, apparently on his right hip, which he rubbed after a few pregnant seconds of remaining on the grass as concerned teammates rushed to his aid.

After landing, Samuel threw the ball up in the air, clearly frustrated. He didn’t need any serious medical attention, and he walked off the field without a limp after practice.

Purdy finished 14-of-20, including a Tashaun Gipson Sr. interception that defensive coordinator Steve Wilks dubbed “phenomenal.” Clelin Ferrell put pressure on Purdy to make that interception. Purdy’s interception was his third of the camp, but it’s worth noting that none of them were snagged by cornerbacks.

Christian McCaffrey finished the day with five completions, while Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk each had three. Purdy almost had a pass to Samuel intercepted after a 40-yard dime to Kittle past Dre Greenlaw’s one-on-one coverage when Talanoa Hufanga rushed over to help Isaiah Oliver’s coverage against Samuel; Wilks said Hufanga needs to finish that play and get a better jump on it.

This was the third sequence at camp in which Purdy practiced on consecutive days, and his parents, Shawn and Carrie, were in attendance.

Purdy has been getting first-team reps in practice, and coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday, “We’re not worried about Brock.” Brock is the genuine article. He knows how to have fun. We just need to keep improving as a team, and he’ll get better as we go.”


Second-team reps were split once more, with Darnold going first in the rotation. He completed 11 of 13 passes, with the only incompletions coming on a D’Shawn Jamison interception and an intentional incompletion into the dirt on a blitz. Darnold’s most picturesque completion came on a crossing route, when he hit Samuel in stride; Samuel is a starting wide receiver, but Darnold was taking snaps behind second-string linemen.


When practice was finished and the positional groups were separated, Lance asked pass-game coordinator Klint Kubiak and quarterbacks coach Brian Griese about a route, demonstrating the third-year quarterback’s desire to learn nuances of a system he should know well. Lance’s best throw on an 8-of-11 day was a 25-yard rope to Jauan Jennings in tight coverage against linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles.

ALLEN, BRANDON No reps were granted. Allen returned to third-string duty on Thursday, completing 5-of-9 passes, the most notable of which was a completion to Danny Gray, who was then upended by Flannigan-Fowles. Linebacker Marcelino McCrary-Ball intercepted Allen’s next pass.

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