49ers notes: Pierre Garçon intercepts Jimmy Garoppolo pass


49ers notes: Pierre Garçon intercepts Jimmy Garoppolo pass

INDIANAPOLIS – Wide receiver Pierre Garçon was on pace for a 1,000-yard season last year even before Jimmy Garoppolo arrived on the scene.

Garçon is back at 100-percent health following a neck injury that limited him to just eight games last season. At 32, he has a chance to have a big season with an accurate and efficient quarterback at the controls of the offense from Week 1.

The Garoppolo-Garçon connection was on display Saturday night, as Garçon caught two passes for 62 yards. But a 47-yard hookup was not exactly the way it was designed. In fact, Garçon was not even the intended target.

“They said it was to Marquise (Goodwin),” Garçon said, referring to his teammate who was running a pattern behind Garçon. “I was happy to be in that spot. Jimmy wasn’t even looking at me, but I saw the ball and . . . I got lucky.”

Garçon said he ran a deeper route than the design of the play. He looked up and there was the ball coming his way – whether he was supposed to catch it or not.

“He threw it and I was within reaching distance,” Garçon said. “He (Goodwin) was happy for me. I was happy. We’re both happy it was a positive play instead of me not going for it, him not going for it.”

Happenstance aside, Garoppolo said he believes he and Garçon are getting more and more comfortable with each other.

“Every week or so we get more connected and get more on the same page,” Garoppolo said. “He’s a gamer, man. He comes out here and he’s ready to roll. (He) doesn’t say much on the sideline, but you know he’s ready to roll. I like that.”

Warner Readies for Week 1

Rookie linebacker Fred Warner started at middle linebacker, and appears to be in good position to open the season in the 49ers’ starting lineup while Reuben Foster serves a two-game suspension.

Warner led the 49ers with five tackles, including one for a loss.

“He played fast,” 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said of Warner. “He trusted himself. He trusted that he knew his responsibility. He did everything we expected him to do.”

Garoppolo Practices Halftime Routine

The 49ers won the opening toss but elected to defer, which meant the offense would get the first possession of the second half. That was important, Garoppolo said, to be able to experience the 12-minute halftime break.

“This is our dress rehearsal for Week 1, so all the little things, talking at halftime with your coaches, getting with your players and everything, and how fast it goes,” Garoppolo said. “It’s good to get one under the belt.”

The 49ers picked up two first downs on the drive to open the third quarter but punted, bringing an end to Garoppolo’s evening.

Offensive Playing Time

The 49ers’ offense was on the field for 71 plays. Here is how the playing time broke down for everyone who saw snaps on offense:

Quarterback -- Jimmy Garoppolo 45, C.J. Beathard 13, Nick Mullens 13.

Running back -- Alfred Morris 33, Kyle Juszczyk 20, Jeremy McNichols 19, Jeff Wilson 14, Raheem Mostert 5, Malcolm Johnson 5.

Wide receiver -- Marquise Goodwin 44, Pierre Garçon 35, Kendrick Bourne 33, Richie James 21, Trent Taylor 19, Dante Pettis 15, Aldrick Robinson 10, Victor Bolden 2.

Tight end -- Garrett Celek 37, Cole Wick 21, Cole Hikutini 20, Ross Dwelley 3.

Offensive line -- Joe Staley 45, Weston Richburg 45, Laken Tomlinson 45, Mike McGlinchey 45, Joshua Garnett 27, Mike Person 27, Najee Toran 26, Coleman Shelton 25, Pace Murphy 22, Darrell Williams 17, Jonathan Cooper 17, Andrew Lauderdale 13.

Defensive Playing Time

The 49ers’ defense was also on the field for 71 snaps. Here’s a look at how much each 49ers defender played:

Defensive line -- Ronald Blair 30, Jeremiah Attaochu 29, DeForest Buckner 27, Solomon Thomas 27, Arik Armstead 22, Niles Scott 21, Will Sutton 20, Sheldon Day 19, D.J. Jones 19, Cassius Marsh 17, Jullian Taylor 12, Earl Mitchell 11, Chris Jones 10.

Linebacker -- Fred Warner 34, Elijah Lee 32, Brock Coyle 29, Reuben Foster 29, Dekoda Watson 16, Pita Taumoepenu 13, Mark Nzeocha 11, Malcolm Smith 10, Korey Toomer 8.

Defensive back -- D.J. Reed 41, Tarvarius Moore 37, Ahkello Witherspoon 35, Jaquiski Tartt 34, Richard Sherman 33, Adrian Colbert 32, Tyvis Powell 29, Greg Mabin 29, Antone Exum 24, K’Waun Williams 24, Dexter McCoil 8, Tarvarus McFadden 7.

This ‘N’ That

Third-string quarterback Nick Mullens made noticeable strides this summer in his second NFL training camp. But there is no competition for the No. 2 job, coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed. The 49ers are set at quarterback with Jimmy Garoppolo and C.J. Beathard. “We’re real happy with the first two,” Shanahan said. “They’re going to be our two quarterbacks unless something drastic happens. We got a lot of confidence in Nick, also.” . . . The 49ers have yet to make a decision on running back Joe Williams, who missed the game Saturday with a fractured rib. The 49ers could carry Williams on their opening roster, place him on injured reserve or waive him. Shanahan said he hopes Williams will be well enough play Thursday against the Los Angeles Chargers in the final exhibition game. . . Oft-injured 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward was on the field for just two plays of special teams before sustaining a quadriceps strain that ended his night. Shanahan said he did not immediate know the severity of Ward’s injury.

2019 NFL draft first-round grades: How 49ers fared with Nick Bosa pick

2019 NFL draft first-round grades: How 49ers fared with Nick Bosa pick

The 49ers were sitting in an enviable position entering the 2019 NFL Draft, and now that the first round has come and gone, the evaluation process can begin.

Various outlets already have released their first-round draft grades, and, surprise, surprise: They're all big fans of the 49ers' selection of Nick Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick.

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Not as sold? Perhaps these analyses will convince you:

SI.com -- Grade: A
What they said: "The Niners, who rely on a four-man rush and generated no pressure off the edges last year, took a huge step earlier this offseason by trading for Kansas City’s Dee Ford. Adding Bosa could make them the NFL’s fastest-rising defense in 2019. He’ll likely align outside, opposite Ford and with underrated long-armed monster DeForest Buckner between them. But like his brother Joey, Nick Bosa can also rush from inside in obvious passing situations. The Niners now have a lot of weapons and options up front."

CBS Sports -- Grade: A
What they said: "Love this pick for the Niners getting the best pass rusher in this class. They are building something special on that defensive line. Bottom line is they are gonna get after the quarterback."

Bleacher Report -- Grade: A
What they said: "The Bosa selection, coupled with the acquisition of Dee Ford from the Chiefs, completes a thorough makeover of a defensive line that recorded just 37 sacks last season: 12 by DeForest Buckner and 25 by everyone else. Bosa and Ford should push the Niners defense toward 50-sack territory. That can vault them into playoff contention."

SB Nation -- Grade: A+
What they said: "In Bosa, they get the best player in the 2019 draft. He’s a pass rusher teams need to scheme against. As long as he can stay healthy, the 49ers optimized value and need with the second pick in the draft."

USA Today -- Grade: A
What they said: "It’s easy to compare Bosa to his brother Joey, but here’s a scary thought: Nick has even more power … and all the athletic traits we saw in Joey back in 2015. The 49ers’ pass rush is scary with Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner and, now, Bosa on the defensive line."

NFL draft tracker 2019: First-round pick, trade updates as they happen

NFL draft tracker 2019: First-round pick, trade updates as they happen

The 2019 NFL Draft is underway in Nashville, Tenn., and the Bay Area's two teams should be in the center of the action.

The 49ers selected Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa with the No. 2 pick. The Raiders took Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 pick, Alabama running back Josh Jacobs with the No. 24 pick, and Mississippi State Johnathan Abram with the No. 27 pick

[RELATED: Follow latest draft news, trade talk during Round 1]

It promises to be an interesting slate of 32 picks made in the Music City, and you can follow live as each selection is made in the 2019 NFL Draft tracker below:

1. Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

2. San Francisco 49ers
Nick Bosa, edge rusher, Ohio State

3. New York Jets
Quinnen Williams, defensive tackle, Alabama

4. Oakland Raiders
Clelin Ferrell, defensive end, Clemson

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Devin White, linebacker, LSU

6. New York Giants
Daniel Jones, quarterback, Duke

7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Allen, edge rusher, Kentucky

8. Detroit Lions
T.J. Hockenson, tight end, Iowa

9. Buffalo Bills
Ed Oliver, defensive tackle, Houston

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver Broncos for No. 20 pick, No. 52 and a third-round pick in 2020)
Devin Bush, linebacker, Michigan

11. Cincinnati Bengals
Jonah Williams, offensive tackle, Alabama

12. Green Bay Packers
Rashan Gary, defensive tackle, Michigan

13. Miami Dolphins
Christian Wilkins, defensive tackle, Clemson

14. Atlanta Falcons
Chris Lindstrom, guard, Boston College

15. Washington
Dwayne Haskins, quarterback, Ohio State

16. Carolina Panthers
Brian Burns, defensive end, Florida State

17. New York Giants (from Cleveland Browns in Odell Beckham Jr. trade)
Dexter Lawrence, defensive tackle, Clemson

18. Minnesota Vikings
Garrett Bradbury, center, NC State

19. Tennessee Titans
Jeffery Simmons, defensive tackle, Mississippi State

20. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh Steelers for pick No. 10)
Noah Fant, tight end, Iowa

21. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle Seahawks for pick Nos. 30, 114 and 118)
Darnell Savage Jr., safety, Maryland

22. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore Ravens for pick Nos. 25, 125 and 197)
Andre Dillard, offensive tackle, Washington State

23. Houston Texans
Tytus Howard, offensive tackle, Alabama State

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears in Khalil Mack trade)
Josh Jacobs, running back, Alabama

25. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia Eagles for pick No. 22)
Marquise Brown, wide receiver, Oklahoma

26. Washington (from Indianapolis Colts for pick No. 46 and a 2020 second-round pick)
Montez Sweat, defensive end, Mississippi State

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys in Amari Cooper trade)
Johnathan Abram, safety, Mississippi State

28. Los Angeles Chargers
Jerry Tillery, defensive tackle, Notre Dame

29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City Chiefs in Frank Clark trade)
L.J. Collier, defensive end, TCU

30. New York Giants (from Seattle Seahawks for pick Nos. 37, 132 and 142)
Deandre Baker, cornerback, Georgia

31. Atlanta Falcons (with pick No. 203 from Los Angeles Rams for pick Nos. 45, 79)
Kaleb McGary, offensive tackle, Washington

32. New England Patriots
N'Keal Harry, wide receiver, Arizona State