SANTA CLARA — There was an indication early Friday the 49ers’ passing game may be getting on track when Trey Lance threw a perfectly-timed laser to Ray-Ray McCloud on a quick crossing route that went for big yardage and had the crowd buzzing in the grandstands along the sideline.

It came against Charvarious Ward, no less, the big-ticket free agent cornerback who has been in lockdown mode since reporting day.

The 49ers went on to have their most efficient day through the air. After having 11 interceptions in the opening days of practice, 49ers quarterbacks Lance, Nate Sudfeld and Brock Purdy weren’t intercepted at all for the third straight day. That’s significant for Lance in particular, considering he threw interceptions in four straight sessions leading up to that point.

Passes were completed at a higher rate. Lance was 8 of 12 overall and one of those was a drop by Malik Turner. If you want to nitpick, there was one overthrow intended for Deebo Samuel, and the two have some work to do in terms of chemistry after Samuel took no reps in the offseason or in the early portion of camp before signing his contract extension.

Lance and Samuel are working on it. Following practice, Lance, whose arm appears to be fine after a pre-camp report of a sore arm, threw deep shots to both Samuel and McCloud for nearly 40 minutes while teammates adjourned to the locker room or signed autographs for fans.

Early indications are McCloud’s contributions could go well beyond being a return specialist and he could fit in nicely with Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and Jauan Jennings to give the 49ers a stronger receiving corps than they’ve had in years.

Backup Nate Sudfeld completed his first 11 passes and was 12 of 15 overall. Sudfeld did connect with Samuel on a deep …read more

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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