49ers Week 2 OTA takeaway No. 5: Kicker competition is getting hot
In all seriousness, San Francisco is going to give the kicking job to rookie Jake Moody and not the veteran, Zane Gonzalez.
After all, the 49ers used a third-round pick on Moody in the draft, and that's not the kind of intent that would lead to a redshirt rookie season or one spent on the practice squad. The only reason Gonzalez is around is as insurance in case Moody either flames out or suffers an injury.
Both kickers had hits and misses in Week 1 of OTAs, and it appears as if Week 2 is generating a slight edge in favor of the first-year pro, at least according to Jack Hammer of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
"Jake Moody and Zane Gonzalez each made four attempts for the second practice.
Moody hit all of four of his attempts including one from 53. The rookie nearly kicked the ball out of the facility on his first two attempts, with the ball traveling close to 70 yards on each.
Gonzalez connected from 33, 38, and 48 yards out, but missed wide right from 43."
It doesn't appear as if Moody is crumbling under the pressure of being a high-profile rookie, the first specialist drafted in 2023.
Provided he continues on that trajectory, the Niners will dismiss Gonzalez and let Moody handle these duties this year and beyond.
The final day of Week 2 OTAs will be Friday, June 2.