49ers training camp: Injuries, babies and other Day 3 updates

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jimmie Ward, Charvarius Ward, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward (1) with cornerback Charvarius Ward (35) Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers training camp: Reinforced secondary showing value

A year ago, the 49ers’ front seven had to make up for deficiencies within the secondary, namely at cornerback.

After adding veteran corner Charvarius Ward, however, it’s looking as if the Niners’ defensive backs might actually emerge as a team strength. Paired with an already-strong pass rush and linebacker corps, Ward and the other San Francisco corners and safeties continued their rock-solid start to training camp.

Ward has already made his presence known, while fellow corner Emmanuel Moseley was excellent on both days one and two of practice. With the Trey Lance interception by second-year safety Talanoa Hufanga, yet another layer of defense is beginning to show up.

Heck, even second-year cornerback Ambry Thomas, who’ll be pushed down by Ward, managed to intercept backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld during team drills.

“Our secondary is playing as good as I’ve seen,” EDGE Nick Bosa said after practice.

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What makes this even more notable is the defensive backs aren’t allowed to engage in tackling or press coverage just yet, denying them the advantage at the line of scrimmage.

If this group is performing as well as it has been already, it’s not hard to get even more excited about what it can do when the pads come on.

The 49ers finish up Week 1 of training camp on Saturday, July 30.

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