SANTA CLARA -- Jaquiski Tartt snagged an interception at practice Sunday but shared that reading 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is not as easy as it once was.
In an early session of 11-on-11s, Garoppolo threw a pass to the right sideline intended for Dante Pettis. Emmanuel Moseley got his hands on it for a pass break up and tipped the ball up into the air. Tartt was able to come down with the ball for a pick.
The 49ers' secondary has been focusing on takeaways throughout training camp, and part of that includes reading Garoppolo’s eyes throughout each play. Tartt explained that process has become more challenging as the quarterback has progressed. “As far as this camp goes he’s been doing a better job of just making me not stay true when I should stay true,” Tartt said. “What I mean by that is with his eyes, sometimes he will look one way and I’m thinking he’s for sure throwing the ball to the right side of the field, and he’ll come back late and throw it to the opposite.”
The 49ers' defense is no slouch when it comes to takeaways. They recorded 12 interceptions during the 2019 regular season and an additional five in their three postseason appearances. Facing Garoppolo in practice is a good way for them to hone their skills.
Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh reported that Garoppolo has also improved in his decisiveness, making the offense more efficient. The 49ers quarterback finished the 2019 season throwing nearly 4,000 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Garoppolo’s progression will force opposing defenses to stay on their assignments. Tartt admits he has learned his lesson too, which on a positive note, happened during training camp.