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Garoppolo heaps praise on WRs Taylor, Goodwin

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Garoppolo heaps praise on WRs Taylor, Goodwin

Jimmy Garoppolo’s first start with the 49ers was highlighted by the on-field rapport he demonstrated with receivers Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor.

Garoppolo targeted Goodwin eight times and connected each time for a total of 99 yards. On passes intended for Taylor, a slot receiver, Garoppolo was 6-for-6 for 92 yards, including five successful third-down conversions.

“That’s what you look forward to, especially on third down when guys who can separate versus man-to-man and when they catch it they turn it up the field and move the chains,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It’s been an important role throughout the league, something that we’ve always had on our team.

“You can win with size or speed on the outside. On the inside, I think you have to win with quickness, whether it’s a slot receiver, whether it’s a tight end, whether it’s a running back. Those are usually the three areas you get those types of routes from.”

Garoppolo found Taylor the most-crucial time in the game, finding him across the middle for a 33-yard gain on a third-and-9 play to lead up to the two-minute warning. The play helped set up Robbie Gould for the game-winning field goal with :04 remaining.

“I think Trent’s a very talented player,” Garoppolo said. “Very young. He’s still learning things. But having guys in New England who are very similar to him, I think it’s going to help us acclimate to one another. Him acclimate to me and me do the same to him. He has a savviness for the game that’s rare in a young guy like that.”

Taylor, a fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech, has 32 receptions for 331 yards on the season. Goodwin was signed as a free agent after four pedestrian seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He has already put together his best NFL season with 35 catches for a team-leading 677 yards.

“He scares people with his speed. No doubt about it. The guy’s a legit,” Garoppolo said of Goodwin. “I don’t know what his hundred (time) is but it’s fast. It takes the top off defenses and makes them think about that. It allows him to run some different types of routes. But he’s an all-around good receiver for us.”

Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR

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Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR

The 49ers have signed wide receiver Max McCaffrey off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad, a source confirmed Tuesday to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The NFL Network first reported the 49ers’ move.

The team could place wide receiver Victor Bolden on injured reserve to make roster space for McCaffrey. Bolden sustained an ankle injury in the 49ers’ 26-16 victory Sunday over the Houston Texans.

McCaffrey (6 foot 2, 200 pounds) is a second-year player from Duke. He is the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey and the older brother of former Stanford star and Carolina Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey.

Max McCaffrey appeared in five games this season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching one pass for 4 yards.

He originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie and spent time with Green Bay, New Orleans and Jacksonville before returning to the Packers’ practice squad in October.

Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation

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Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation

Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown for more yards than any quarterback in 49ers history in his first two starts.

But 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo’s play has not changed how he views the contract situation that must be addressed before the start of the new league year in March.

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a late-October trade with the New England Patriots. He is under contract only through the end of this season. The 49ers will retain Garoppolo with the franchise tag if the sides are unable to reach agreement on a multi-year deal.

“For me personally, it doesn't impact anything,” Shanahan said. “I thought it was so neat about the situation that I didn't feel that, because of that (franchise) option, that we had to see something here or there, and we had to do all this stuff.

“It's been able for us to just try to do things the right way, put him in when we thought he was ready to, not put any pressure on him where he has to do all this to show something. Obviously, we're very encouraged with how these two games have been.”

The 49ers must designate Garoppolo as their franchise player at any point from Feb. 20 to March 6. Last year, the one-year cost for a franchise player at quarterback was $21.268 million.

In leading the 49ers to back-to-back road victories, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards against the Chicago Bears and 334 yards against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo is scheduled to make his first home start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at Levi's Stadium.

“We'll see what happens here in the offseason when we get together and can assess everything,” Shanahan said. “I definitely don't think that’s something he's thinking about at this point, and it's definitely not something I'm thinking about, either.”

Shanahan said he does not anticipate the sides working out a contract extension during the final three weeks of the regular season.