49ers receiver Danny Gray makes strong first impression at rookie minicamp

After Danny Gray dropped a deep pass Friday, the San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver dropped to the ground.

His penance: 10 push-ups.

The self-imposed punishment near the start of practice evidently had the desired effect: The third-round pick had an otherwise solid performance in his on-field NFL debut during the first day of the 49ers’ rookie minicamp.

After his drop during individual drills, Gray had five receptions during seven-on-seven work, including a nifty toe-tap reception deep down the left sideline and a long over-the-middle grab in which he beat sixth-round cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields.

It’s folly make a sweeping judgment based on an 80-minute non-contact practice, particularly considering the session included eight draft picks, 14 undrafted rookies and 13 tryout players. But Gray’s fluidity and flashes hinted at why the 49ers are enthused about the fastest wide receiver on their roster.

Not that Gray, who ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, is strictly about speed. He emphasized that point Thursday when he shared with reporters two four-word phrases to convey he’s not a finesse former track star after winning a Texas state 100-meter title as a junior in high school.

Asked about the importance of doing dirty work such as clearing out defensive backs, Gray responded: “No block, no rock.”

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