Jerick McKinnon turns heads in 49ers training camp debut

San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon runs with the ball during NFL football practice at the team’s headquarters Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SANTA CLARA — It started and ended with Jerick McKinnon.

The 49ers’ new starting running back scored a 70-yard touchdown on the first play of training camp Thursday morning, and made a 20-yard first-down catch on the final play. He was the star of practice. Not Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garoppolo struggled. He completed just four of nine passes, his throws were erratic and at times he hesitated. He seemed confused, as if brand new to the offense.

Not McKinnon. He seemed like he had been playing in the offense his whole life, even though the 49ers signed him just four months ago.

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  1. Lot of offense is going thru the RB position. Looking forward to watching McKinnon, Breida and Williams.

  2. Where ever Shanny’s been, it’s always started with the run setting up the pass.
    I think we will hear more reports of the running backs in the next two weeks dominating practice.

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