Tight End Blake Bell
While tight end Vance McDonald may be enjoying a productive training camp so far, second-year TE Blake Bell seems to be heading in the opposite direction.
Grant Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat gave his assessment of Bell’s efforts on Day 3 of camp:
"[Bell] dropped two easy passes during team drills and caught zero. Has shown no improvement as a receiver since last season."
Remember, Bell played quarterback for three years at Oklahoma before switching to tight end his senior year. He’s still learning the position, and the rawness can be expected. The real question is how much time are the 49ers willing to afford to let this development play out.
This isn’t a good sign for Bell. At all.
San Francisco isn’t going to part ways with veteran TE Garrett Celek, and McDonald likely stays this season too.
And with Bruce Miller moving from fullback to tight end, the competition space here is awfully limited. Throw in 6-foot-4, 224-pound former Stanford wide receiver — and likely TE convert — Devon Cajuste, and Bell could be the odd man out.
No, the “Belldozer” experiment doesn’t appear to be working. Not yet, at least.
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