Instead, that honor went to
McCann, who had been signed by the team to a two-year contract on Oct. 4, was expected to back up Reed, but coach
“David could’ve gone, I think, but since we had Bryan, he practiced all week, and David was coming off the shoulder,” Harbaugh said Monday during his weekly news conference. “We didn’t want to jeopardize him if we didn’t have to. I think it’ll be a good competition between those two guys. We’ll just put them both out there in practice and in games and see who can earn the job, ultimately. But it’s good to have two guys that can go back there and do that. We’ll also have
Reed led the league with a 29.3-yard average last season as a rookie, which included a 103-yard return for a touchdown against the Texans on Dec. 13. He currently leads the team with a 41.7-yard average on three returns.
McCann averaged 22.2 yards on 24 kick returns in two abbreviated seasons with the