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49ers camp report: Jimmy Garoppolo throws five straight interceptions

49ers camp report: Jimmy Garoppolo throws five straight interceptions

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Wednesday had his worst day on the 49ers’ practice field since arriving in the middle of 2017.

Garoppolo threw interceptions on five consecutive pass attempts on the team’s final day training before traveling to Denver, where they will practice Friday and Saturday against the Denver Broncos. The teams will meet Monday night in a preseason game.

“The defense did great today, and obviously he struggled,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “You hope to never have a day like ... So when you do that, you hope that you practice long enough to give him a chance to play out of it.”

Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt had the first interception, followed by free safety Tarvarius Moore, Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon and Moore again. Garoppolo finished the day with more productive plays in the red zone and two-minute drill.

“Sometimes it’s hard to make the right decisions when you’re fired up and competitive,” Shanahan said. “Usually, you make a bad play, it makes your mind go a little sideways.

“That’s why sometimes it is a good situation to put guys when that does happen. You try to protect them in a game, but in practice it’s the exact opposite. When there’s an issue, you kind of poke at it a little bit more to see how guys react.”

Offensive play of the day

In a two-minute drill, quarterback Nick Mullens delivered a 49-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne, who took advantage of confusion in the 49ers’ defensive backfield to maneuver wide open deep down the field.

Defensive plays of the day

Linebacker Kwon Alexander had coverage against tight end Ross Dwelley on a crossing route. Alexander extended out to deflect Garoppolo’s pass. The ball was redirected straight to Tartt, who pulled in the interception and returned it far down the field.

Injury report

Tight end George Kittle remains day-to-day with a calf strain. It’s uncertain whether he will practice or play in Denver. Left tackle Joe Staley experienced some discomfort in pectoral and did not take part in 11-on-11 drills.

Linebacker Dre Greenlaw sustained a shoulder stinger Tuesday and did not practice Wednesday. Defensive lineman Jullian Taylor (stiff back) and tight end Levine Toilolo (shoulder) did not practice, either.

Safety Jimmie Ward has been cleared to practice after recovering from a fractured collarbone in June. But the 49ers are easing him back into the mix. He wore pads and went through individuals drill. He is not expected to participate in the practices this week against the Broncos.

This ‘n’ that

--Defensive end Nick Bosa is out of his orthopedic boot and going through light rehab on the field. Bosa sustained a right ankle sprain on Aug. 7. The club hopes he will be available for the start of the regular season ...

--Wide receiver Deebo Samuel returned to practice Wednesday after being excused a day earlier for a family matter ...

--Tarvarius Moore had a two-interception day. He ranged from the deep middle to the right sideline to jump in front of Matt Breida on a deep wheel route. Later, he picked off Garoppolo at the goal line for what would have been a 100-yard interception return ...

--Sherman’s interception came on a Garoppolo pass intended for Dwelley, while Witherspoon picked off a throw directed at Dante Pettis ...

--Garoppolo got back on track after his five interceptions with a 2-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Jalen Hurd ...

--In a two-minute drill, defensive end Arik Armstead beat rookie left tackle Justin Skule for a sack.

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Next up

The 49ers will have a day off Thursday before practices Friday and Saturday against the Broncos. The teams will meet Monday night in a preseason game.

49ers will suit up in white jerseys and gold pants in Super Bowl LIV

49ers will suit up in white jerseys and gold pants in Super Bowl LIV

The 49ers will be wear their traditional road jerseys in Super Bowl LIV.

The 49ers are scheduled to take the field with their white jerseys and gold pants when they face the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 2 in Miami, NBC Sports Bay Area has confirmed.

The Chiefs are anointed the home team – it rotates between conferences – and will wear their dark jerseys.

The 49ers wore their popular all-white alternate uniforms for the Week 17 game at the Seattle Seahawks, and there was a brief thought the team could go back to that combination for the Super Bowl.

It was not immediately known if the 49ers petitioned the NFL to wear their all-whites.

The 49ers will be making their seventh appearance in a Super Bowl, and they won the two previous times they wore white tops and gold pants.

The 49ers’ first Super Bowl came with that combination, as the 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21, in Super Bowl XVI in Pontiac, Michigan.

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The 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos, 55-10, in Super Bowl XXIV in New Orleans while wearing the white/gold combination.

The 49ers have twice played Super Bowls in Miami. The 49ers beat the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII with Joe Montana’s late touchdown pass to John Taylor while wearing red tops and gold pants.

And while routing the San Diego Chargers, 49-26, in Super Bowl XXIX, the 49ers wore their home throwbacks that consisted of red jerseys and white pants.

49ers great Jerry Rice has high praise for Raheem Mostert: 'He's the man'

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49ers great Jerry Rice has high praise for Raheem Mostert: 'He's the man'

SANTA CLARA – Though one can spend hours debating which 49er is the greatest of all time, any valid conversation involves Jerry Rice, whose collection of NFL records can fill a warehouse.

No less an authority than the late, legendary coach Bill Walsh described the Rice as “the greatest player, ever.”

For at least one night, Rice seemed to step aside for a player most 49er fans would not have recognized a few weeks ago. He’s a member of the Raheem Mostert fan club after the running back’s marvelous performance in a 37-20 win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game.

“He’s been proving himself all season,” Rice told NBC Sports Bay Area after Mostert rushed for a franchise-record 220 yards. “I love his athletic ability, the way he lets things develop and reads exactly what the defense is doing. And then he always makes the right cuts.

“And he’s very physical when he carries the football. He does it all.”

Mostert, 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, entered training camp in July as San Francisco’s top special-teams player and its fourth-string running back. But with the top three running backs battling injuries, the five-year veteran emerged as a formidable weapon.

By November, Mosert was the team’s primary ball-carrier.

“He doesn’t look like he’s 195 pounds; I know I wouldn’t look at him and think he’s 190 pounds,” Rice said. “Not with his physicality. He takes it to a defense. He attacks.

“And with his vision, man . . . he’s the man.”