Elvis Dumervil said Saturday there’s no better spot to sharpen his pass-rush skills than 49ers training camp.
The 11-year veteran said not only does San Francisco have two of the best pass blockers in the league in tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown, their skills and traits are so different that it allows pass rushers to hone all aspects of their craft.
“You won’t go against … a guy as quick as Joe or a guy as big as Trent,” Dumervil noted. “So having both guys on the same team, I think, is tremendous. It’s exciting for us as defenders.”
Dumervil, 33, is looking to bounce back from two down seasons in which he struggled with an Achilles injury. On Saturday he had what counts as a sack in a light-contact practice when he blew past backup tackle John Theus to disrupt quarterback Matt Barkley.
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The players will get a more realistic warmup Sunday when the pads go on for the first time this summer and one-on-one pass-rush drills commence.
Said Dumervil: “When the pads go on we start to separate the men from the T-shirt guys.”
Top pick in action – Solomon Thomas showed some of his Stanford smarts Saturday by seeking out Dumervil between plays and asking him for pass-rush tips.
Taking part in his first, full-team practice since the 49ers made him the No. 3 pick in the draft, Thomas mainly lined up at left defensive end with the second-team defense. Tank Carradine is playing the same spot with the first-team unit.
Thomas seemed to struggle when going against 6-8 Brown but also batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage when he lined up at defensive tackle.
Dumervil said he’s already impressed by the rookie. “He’s a dominant player,” he said. “He will be dominant this year.”
Et cetera – Undrafted rookie safety Lorenzo Jerome continues to get his hands on the ball. Playing with the second-team defense, Jerome intercepted Barkley’s pass along the sideline Saturday, his fourth takeaway in practices that have been open to reporters this year. Jerome had 18 interceptions in four seasons at St. Francis University.
▪ The 49ers signed receiver Marquise Goodwin in the offseason for his speed and ability to make big plays. He did just that Saturday, taking advantage of broken coverage to get open for a 20-yard pass from Brian Hoyer. Goodwin ran the rest of the way into the end zone.
▪ Rookie receiver B.J. Johnson suffered a hamstring injury. Another rookie, offensive lineman JP Flynn, appeared to injure his right knee on Saturday.