Why the 49ers belief in Garoppolo isn’t just a smoke screen

It is starting to look like all of the talk from the 49ers regarding their plans for veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t been just a smoke screen after all. After San Francisco drafted Trey Lance with the third pick in the draft, it was easy to question how sincere the organization was when it said it planned for Garoppolo to continue as the starter with his current contract in place….

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Observations from day 15 of 49ers training camp; Garoppolo goes deep

Here is what stood out during the 49ers 15th practice of training camp: Quarterback play: As has been the case throughout training camp, Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance had very similar practices. Garoppolo completed 13 of his 19 pass attempts, wrapping up his day on a high note with a deep touchdown throw to Brandon Aiyuk to finish a 70-yard drive. On a play that looked like a carbon copy…

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Trey Lance should be given snaps with 49ers starters

On Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, Trey Lance made his NFL debut which also happened to be only his second football game since 2019. If there was any rust for Lance to knock off, it didn’t show. The rookie put his first NFL throw right between Brandon Aiyuk’s numbers but the receiver dropped it. Undeterred, Lance would make an even more impressive throw on his next attempt, hitting…

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Rookie report card; Lenoir makes most of opportunity

The 49ers come away from the 2021 draft with their quarterback for the future, and a new identity. While most of the NFC West spent their picks on speed, the 49ers went with a combination of power and speed throughout. Everything points to this team being extremely physical for years to come. This draft has the potential to set the 49ers up for years to come, much like the 1986…

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5 burning questions answered; Trey Lance splashes in 49ers debut

The 49ers opened their 2021 preseason with a 19-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday night at Levi’s Stadium. Let’s take a look at the answers to the 5 burning questions that I asked on Saturday morning. 1. How will the revamped offensive line perform? Needs work. So much for getting a chance to see the changes to this unit. Alex Mack and Trent Williams were held out….

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5 burning questions for 49ers’ preseason week 1

The 49ers kick off their 2021 preseason slate on Saturday night when the Kansas City Chiefs visit Santa Clara. Here are five burning questions to keep an eye on throughout the game:  1. How will the revamped offensive line perform? The 49ers invested heavily in their offensive line during the offseason. After struggling throughout 2020 with inconsistency in the middle, San Francisco made the move to add Alex Mack during…

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49ers general manager: Trey Lance is “pushing” Jimmy Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch joined the Murph and Mac show on KNBR this morning and was asked if there is an open competition taking place at the quarterback position or will it be Jimmy Garoppolo starting week 1 at Detroit. “That’s up to Kyle. That’s up to our head coach,” Lynch responded. “He makes the decisions on who’s playing and whatnot. But I think it’s Jimmy’s right…

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Observations from day 13 of 49ers training camp

After having their longest practice of training camp yesterday, the 49ers began preparations for their preseason opener with a short practice on Thursday. Here is what stood out during the 49ers thirteenth practice of training camp. Quarterback play: After having a rough practice yesterday, Jimmy Garoppolo bounced back today with a strong performance completing 13 of his 18 pass attempts and one touchdown. The highlight of the day for Garoppolo…

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Observations from day 12 of 49ers’ training camp: Rough day for Garoppolo

Here is what stood out during the 49ers twelfth practice of training camp. Quarterback play: It was a rough day for Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo rarely pushes the ball beyond 10 yards, and still has issues with turnovers. The veteran had two interceptions, and there would have been another had K’Waun Williams not been taken out by Dre Greenlaw. Both of Garoppolo’s interceptions, and even the near interception by Williams, would…

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Observations from day 11 of 49ers training camp

After an off day on Monday, the 49ers returned to the practice field Tuesday. Here is what stood out during the 49ers 11th practice of training camp. Quarterback play: Jimmy Garoppolo finished the day 12-21 with one touchdown and one interception. Garoppolo’s best play came on his first throw in the early team period, when he fit the ball over the linebackers and in front of the safeties to Trent…

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With Tartt still injured; Backup plan working out well for 49ers

Ask almost anyone around the NFL what they think of the 49ers’ safety Jaquiski Tartt and you will get a similar answer; He is among the best in the league when he is on the field. What makes Tartt so impressive is his versatility. Whether playing near the line of scrimmage or deep in coverage, the veteran has the ability to make plays. While the versatility is easily seen from…

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Why history is on Trey Lance’s side

Through the first two weeks of training camp, Trey Lance has looked just like the quarterback that led North Dakota State to the NCAA FCS championship as a freshman in 2019. He’s shredding the defense on a regular basis with his arm and running ability. While at first glance that may not sound impressive, it shows the growth Lance has been able to make in spite of playing only one…

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Observations from Day 8 of 49ers training camp

After an off-day on Thursday, the 49ers returned to practice today. Here is what stood out during the 49ers’ eighth practice of training camp. Jimmy Garoppolo: Garoppolo completed seven of his 11 pass attempts and had a typical Jimmy Garoppolo performance. His best throw of the day was a 20-yard strike to Brandon Aiyuk, who was running a post on the left side of the offense to convert a third…

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Should 49ers fans be concerned about Nick Bosa?

Nick Bosa has been on the field for five of the 49ers first seven practices in training camp. He has appeared to be in good shape while working with the defensive linemen during the individual period of each practice. The 2019 defensive rookie of the year is trying to make a comeback, having played in just two games this past year because he injured his knee against the New York…

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Trey Lance showing ability to unlock 49ers offense

During practice on Tuesday, rookie quarterback Trey Lance had two plays that showed why the 49ers invested so much to grab him with the third selection in the NFL draft. Taking his second set of reps during team drills, Lance lined up in the shotgun formation. After receiving the snap, the quarterback turned to his right and appeared to give the ball to running back Trey Sermon, but as the…

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Observations from day 6 of 49ers training camp

The 49ers held their first practice in full pads on Wednesday. Here is what stood out during the 49ers sixth practice of training camp. Jimmy Garoppolo: Overall, it was the typical Jimmy Garoppolo type of practice. Garoppolo would complete 11 of his 18 pass attempts with some featuring some really nice plays along with a few duds. Two of Garoppolo’s more impressive reps came on throws to free agent wide…

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Takeaways from the first week of 49ers training camp

The 49ers reported to Santa Clara last week for training camp and held four practices before taking Sunday off. With practices set to resume on Monday, here are some of the key takeaways from the first week of camp. 1. QB Competition: When Kyle Shanahan was asked about how reps would be split between incumbent quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Trey Lance during his press conference on the first day…

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Observations from Day 3 of 49ers training camp

Here is what stood out during the 49ers’ third practice of training camp. As will be the case for the first five sessions, the team was in only helmets. The first padded practice is scheduled for Tuesday. Quarterback playJimmy Garoppolo finished the day 6-11. Three of Garoppolo’s completions came on checkdowns with another off an RPO. His best pass of the day was a strike to George Kittle on the…

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Does a Xavien Howard trade make sense for the 49ers?

On Tuesday, cornerback Xavien Howard requested a trade from the Miami Dolphins. There are a number of teams across the NFL that are in need of building depth at the position. Among those teams are the 49ers, but does a big move like this make sense for them? At first glance, the cornerback position appears to be well stocked for the 49ers. They have two corners with starting experience lined…

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49ers 2021 53-man roster prediction

The 49ers will take to the field for the first practice of the 2021 season today. There are a number of interesting battles throughout the roster, especially at quarterback, wide receiver, running back and in the secondary. In addition, the news from yesterday that Dee Ford and Jalen Hurd will not be placed on the physically unable to perform list (PUP). The versatility that both players bring to the team…

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