These 49ers players benefited most from Vikings joint practices

Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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Drake Jackson, San Francisco 49ers
Drake Jackson #95 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes up against Royce Newman #70 of the Green Bay Packers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Joint practice with Vikings benefits 49ers EDGE Drake Jackson

Rookie pass-rusher Drake Jackson was having himself quite the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers last Friday before suffering a shoulder stinger and coming out from the contest.

As far as camp went, however, Jackson primarily matched up opposite some of San Francisco’s B- and C-list offensive linemen, almost never going up against All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams, who continued his own mastery in scrimmages against the Vikings.

That was to be expected. Facing off against Minnesota’s starting-tackle tandem of Christian Darrisaw and Brian O’Neill, however, proved to be a great challenge when he squared off against first-team units.

On day one, Jackson managed would-be sacks against backup quarterback Kellen Mond and tackles for a loss:

As the first-year EDGE will find out, each offensive lineman carries his own array of abilities and skills to thwart pass-rushers. For some, it’s brute strength. For others, it can be footwork, hand placement and/or technique.

The variety is what Jackson will encounter as he matures into the hopeful complementary edge rusher opposite Nick Bosa, both in 2022 and beyond.