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HENDERSON, Nevada — The 49ers’ offense was outplayed by an opportunistic Las Vegas Raiders defense on the practice field Friday.
Sound the alarm.
Two days of combined practices introduced 49ers starting quarterback Brock Purdy with the value of the game. He took 68 catches from an 11-on-11 action in two days of practices against the Raiders.
Purdy was on the field for 39 plays for the staff on Friday, as well as six plays going 7-7.
And while things didn’t go smoothly, no sane person would have concluded that the 49ers were suddenly in trouble.
Left tackle Trent Williams, for one, has no qualms.
“I just don’t,” Williams said. “I have faith in the coach (Kyle Shanahan). I have faith in Brock. It’s pre-season. The guy just came back from six months of rehab. I definitely don’t put much into a coaching rep or a coaching interception.”
Purdy was intercepted once during an 11-on-11 while completing 15 of 26 passes. He had two more pass attempts that were nearly caught. And he threw two more interceptions in a 7-on-7 drill with no pass rush.
Besides interceptions that could have been bad throws, bad decisions, or a receiver going the wrong way, Purdy has also shown plenty of flashes to provide indications that he’s on his way.
After Purdy threw a pass that was intercepted by linebacker Robert Spillane, he completed passes of 20 yards or more to rookie tight end Brayden Willis, and receivers Debo Samuel and Brandon Ayuk.
Purdy won’t play on Sunday when the 49ers open the preseason against the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium.
Trey Lance and Sam Darnold are expected to split the action as they compete for the backup job.
Lance only took five passes to practice and completed one of his two pass attempts on Friday, while Darnold played four of his 11 tackles and was 3-for-3.
Lance and Darnold were both intercepted during the 7-on-7 red zone period.
– Practice on Friday started with a scare when Raiders star Davant Adams went down with an apparent injury to his right leg. Adams collided with 49ers’ linebacker Orrin Burks while he was going in a diagonal pattern and was going past a Jimmy Garoppolo pass.
The Raiders had no problem with the play. Coach Josh McDaniels called him an accidental contact.
“I didn’t see anything. I don’t think it was insanely serious,” McDaniels told the media. “It was just a thrilling play – absolutely clean on both sides.”
– The two days of practice provided both teams with plenty of quality work on the field and very little extracurricular activity.
But Friday’s workout ended in a little more emotion with some pushing, pushing, and talking. After facing the same opponent for two days in the desert heat, Ayuk said it was no big deal.
“You expect that,” Ayuk said. “It was hot in there.”
– The 49ers signed Breeland defensive linemen on a one-year contract and placed fullback Anthony Everett on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury.
Speaks entered the NFL as a second-round pick for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. He has seen time with the Raiders, Cowboys, Giants, and Bills. He last played for the Michigan Panthers in the NFL in 2022.
On Thursday, Williams neutralized Raiders Pro Bowl’s Maxx Crosby on a one-on-one pass rush drill. On Friday, Williams held out. Crosby definitely got the best out of Colton McEvitz, right team tackle.