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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49ers finalize rookie contract with Trey Lance

When the San Francisco 49ers hit the practice field later today they will be doing so with their entire draft class present including third overall draft pick, Trey Lance. According to his representatives, CAA, Lance put pen to paper this morning on a $34.1 million fully guaranteed contract which includes a signing bonus of $22.2 million. San Francisco will also have the option to pick up a fifth-year option shortly…

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Will big upfront investment pay off for 49ers in 2021?

Any discussion of the 49ers’ offense usually revolves around the skill position players. That’s understandable when you consider the glory days of the franchise featured back-to-back Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Joe Montana and Steve Young, along with wide receivers like Dwight Clark, Freddy Solomon, Jerry Rice, John Taylor and Terrell Owens, not to mention explosive running backs like Roger Craig and Ricky Watters. Fast forward to the current team…

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49ers’ top five position battles

The 2021 NFL season is fast approaching. While the San Francisco 49ers will report to training camp on Tuesday, things won’t heat up until later in the week. That is when the players will finally hit the practice field to begin preparations for the upcoming season. With a full slate of rookies and free agents set to fight for spots on the final 53-man roster, here are the top five…

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The 49ers push in all the chips. They’d better be right

The 49ers better be right about this. Friday’s draft deal-making was a real roll the dice moment for the franchise. One way or another we’re going to be talking about this push-in-all-the-chips moment for years to come. As you know, the Niners have arranged a deal in which they traded three – count them three – first round draft choices (and a third rounder) for the third choice in this…

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The 49ers surprise Arizona . . . and us. Also, is the “Kittle effect” real?

I guess everyone saw the 49ers’ 20-12 win over the Cardinals coming, right? At kickoff, we had the floundering, 5-9 Niners, losers of the last three in a row, and defeated in six of the previous seven. They were on a month-long camping trip to Arizona. They had so many injuries the team bus is an ambulance. They were dis-invited to the playoffs last week. They were basically playing for…

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As hard as he tries, you’d think Nick Mullens would get a break. That’s not how this works

By now it almost seems cruel to keep running Nick Mullens out there as the 49ers quarterback. Everyone can sense the poor guy is giving it everything he’s got. He’s energetic and enthusiastic. He is cooperative and honest in interviews. And he just can’t do it. Asked to assess Mullens’ performance in Sunday’s 23-15 loss to Washington, former 49er QB Jeff Garcia said he was “very sporadic, late on throws,…

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49ers can’t lose again – it’s just math

Win or go home. It’s that simple after the 49ers 34-24 loss to Buffalo. Don’t buy it? Check with the coach. “We’ve got four more games . . . and we’ve got to win all of them,” said Kyle Shanahan. You know the calculation. The Niners were 5-6 coming into Monday night’s nationally televised game. Ten wins is a perfectly acceptable total for an invitation to the playoffs. To get…

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