49ers Kyle Shanahan unfazed by key absences during OTAs

May 22, 2024, 11:30 AM | Updated: 11:42 am

Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers looks on prior to a game against the Washington...

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 24: Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers looks on prior to a game against the Washington Commanders at Levi's Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

After two days of OTAs, Kyle Shanahan isn’t worried about absences, looking forward to the days that follow where the focus is solely on football.

That was the sentiment echoed by the San Francisco 49ers coach Tuesday to the media. Notable absences for the 49ers at this time are wide receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Jauan Jennings, running back Christian McCaffrey and left tackle Trent Williams. Aiyuk is the biggest question mark, holding out for a new mega deal on the horizon.

But as always, OTAs are optional, with Shanahan not worrying about missing players at this time.

“Same as I do about all these guys that aren’t here. I wish they were here but it’s something that’s part of the business and anytime it’s part of the business part you try to respect it,” Kyle Shanahan said regarding Aiyuk. “Stay out of it as much as possible. Look forward to the days when we can just focus on football.”

Jennings is in that same realm as his counterpart, having not put pen to paper on his restricted free agent tender. Williams was an expected miss for OTAs, focusing on staying healthy for the 2024 season. Christian McCaffrey was more a notable absence.

But again, it’s OTAs.

As for the players on hand, Kyle Shanahan raved about quarterback Brock Purdy, excited to see his progress in his first unscathed offseason in the NFL.

“He is definitely ahead of where he was last year this time, but I mean it was just real cool being able to go through a whole year of cutups just like we did last year and just starting in Phase 1,” the coach stated. “The command he had of going out there with the drills and everything and really trying to apply the stuff we had just been watching in the meeting rooms, that really happened all off our 2023 tape. Last year he had to do it and then it would just be frustrating for him because he couldn’t really go work on it. He had to just visualize and think about it and had to wait for that opportunity in training camp.

“This year, right away, it’s been awesome for him to lead us through the whole offseason, just drill wise and everything. he’s been great to have for a first full offseason.”

Another big name making his way to Santa Clara was Nick Bosa, to many peoples’ surprise.

Nick Bosa’s contract saga went up to the wire in 2023, signing the deal a few days before Week 1 of the regular season. That time away from practice field hindered the All-Pro to a degree, not lying up to his standards last season.

2024 is a different approach, on hand for his first OTAs since his rookie season. And that’s much to the liking of the 49ers as a whole.

“I love Nick being around, love him getting a chance to do football with the guys and stuff. I think Nick’s first year here after the Super Bowl, his first offseason, we had Covid. The next year after the offseason, he had a torn ACL and the year after that he was in contract stuff. I believe that’s right,” Shanahan said. “This is the first year that it has kind of just been a totally normal year. And I think the one year that it was like that he came to a few OTAs, didn’t come to all of them, but he didn’t just come to minicamp. So I’m glad he is here the first week and hopefully it’ll continue.”

Click here to watch the full media availability with Kyle Shanahan.

Key offseason dates for the San Francisco 49ers

  • May 20-21, May 23, May 28-29, May 31–OTAs
  • June 4-6  Mandatory Minicamp

Thank you for reading Follow us on Twitter and Google News, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.


San Francisco 49ers

Brandon Aiyuk #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divi...

Amiliano Fragoso

3 Trade Scenarios for Brandon Aiyuk IF 49ers decided to part ways

The 49ers and Brandon Aiyuk haven't been able to work out a new deal. What if they did trade him? Here are three possible destinations.

52 minutes ago

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 11: Brandon Aiyuk #11 of the San Francisco 49ers heads to the locker room ...

Amiliano Fragoso

Adam Schefter: 49ers were ‘never serious’ about trading Brandon Aiyuk this offseason

The 49ers have long wanted Brandon Aiyuk to remain in Red & Gold long-term, with Adam Schefter stating that outright on The Pat McAfee Show.

1 day ago

Ricky Pearsall #14 of the San Francisco 49ers works out during mini camp on June 05, 2024 in Santa ...

Amiliano Fragoso

Official: Ricky Pearsall signs rookie deal with San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers rookie WR Ricky Pearsall has put pen to paper on his four-year rookie deal, with the team announcing it Friday.

3 days ago

D.J. Jones #93 of the San Francisco 49ers goes through drills during training camp at SAP Performan...

Amiliano Fragoso

49ers players to report to training camp mid-to-end of July

The San Francisco 49ers 2024 Training Camp report dates have been released, with camp expected to commence at the end of July.

6 days ago

Brandon Aiyuk #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during Super Bowl LVIII against the Kansas Ci...

Brenden Nunes

How concerning is the Brandon Aiyuk situation?

NBC Sports Bay Area's Taylor Wirth joined The Drive Guys to discuss the recent drama surrounding Brandon Aiyuk and the San Francisco 49ers.

6 days ago

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 17: Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk #11 of the San Francisco 49ers during ...

Field Level Media

Brandon Aiyuk: 49ers ‘don’t want me back’

In a self-shot video on Monday, WR Brandon Aiyuk shed light on his increasingly dim contract negotiations with the San Francisco 49ers.

6 days ago

49ers Kyle Shanahan unfazed by key absences during OTAs