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Jared Goff: 'It would be awesome, really cool' to play for 49ers

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Jared Goff: 'It would be awesome, really cool' to play for 49ers

BERKELEY – After quarterback Jared Goff was paced through his 69-throw workout on Friday at Cal's pro day, the Cleveland Browns had a special request.

The team that figures to be in the market for a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick wanted to see how Goff responded to adverse conditions.

While most of the workout took place on a cool day under cloud cover, the Browns had something else in mind. Pep Hamilton, the Browns’ associate head coach, doused the football with water and then instructed Goff to throw a couple of deep outs.

“I didn’t know it was coming,” Goff said. “I had a feeling somebody was going to pull me aside and do some work with me. . . It was good.

“That one was pretty wet. I think that’s as wet as it gets when they just pour water on it.”

Goff connected on 61 of his 69 pass attempts. He concluded the workout with a beautiful deep ball, but also threw some wobblers that were off-target.

The 49ers were well-represented at the pro day inside Memorial Stadium. Coach Chip Kelly, quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell and running backs coach Tom Rathman were among the 49ers’ contingent.

The 49ers own the No. 7 overall pick and could be in the market for a quarterback. Kelly and Goff spoke briefly on Friday. Goff said he visited with the 49ers at the combine and has no additional meeting scheduled with the Novato native.

“I think it would be great,” Goff said about the possibility of playing for the 49ers. “It would be a really cool thing. Growing up a fan of them, it would be awesome. But at the same time, I’d be more than happy to play anywhere and go to a team and a coach that I want to win games with and be successful with.”

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The Browns appear to be about the only team in the market for a quarterback before the 49ers are scheduled to go on the clock. Goff and Carson Wentz of North Dakota State are expected to be the top two quarterbacks drafted

Goff’s hand size was a major topic at the NFL Scouting Combine when it measured at 9 inches. On Friday, his hand measured in at 9 1/8 inches

And with concern over Goff’s hand size, it only goes to reason that a team stationed in Cleveland would want to see how he handles throwing a slippery ball. A team, such as the Browns, that plays in harsh weather surely wants a quarterback that can keep a good grip in inclement weather.

“Growing up in California, I’m sure they wanted to see that,” Goff said. “It makes sense. But at the same time I’ve played in cold weather before. I wouldn’t be the first quarterback from California to play in cold weather. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have done pretty well. They’ve been able to do it.”

How Seahawks' Russell Wilson beat 49ers' pass rush with play-action

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How Seahawks' Russell Wilson beat 49ers' pass rush with play-action

The 49ers got to Russell Wilson in Monday night's 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Wilson was sacked a season-high five times at Levi's Stadium, posting his second-worst passer rating of 2019 (86.9) and a season-low 43.6 QBR. He also threw his second interception of the season and fumbled for the first time since Week 4. 

Yet Wilson did just enough to remain effective in spite of that pressure, showing why he is an MVP frontrunner when he led the Seahawks to their game-winning field-goal drive in overtime. Wilson also employed plenty of misdirection to keep the 49ers' dominant pass rush at bay, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. 

On the season, the 49ers have pressured QBs on 29.7 percent of dropbacks. That 17 percent pressure rate on play-action plays would be 30th-best in the NFL if extended over a full season, just behind the Cincinnati Bengals (17.1 percent) and just ahead of the Oakland Raiders (15.9 percent). 

For reference, those two teams have combined for five fewer sacks (30) than the 49ers have all season. 

Wilson's play-action success could give opposing teams something of a blueprint, and that could trip up the 49ers in their own division down the stretch. In addition to playing the Seahawks once more, the 49ers also will play the Los Angeles Rams in Week 16 at Levi's. Rams coach Sean McVay loves using play-action, and the Rams were far more efficient last season on play-action passes than traditional ones. The Rams have taken a step back this season and the 49ers kept LA's offense in check in Week 6, but play-action remains a big part of the Rams' offense and the 49ers will have to be ready for it.

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It doesn't stop with the Seahawks and Rams. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is known for his play-action abilities, too, while Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers also have been better in play-action this season. The 49ers play Green Bay and Arizona in each of the next two weeks. 

San Francisco has a difficult slate of QBs remaining on its schedule, including ones who succeed where Wilson did Monday night. That's one additional area the 49ers will have to shore up down the stretch. 

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's 'bad night' surprised NBC Sports' Peter King

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's 'bad night' surprised NBC Sports' Peter King

Despite the 49ers not suffering their first loss until Week 10, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with his play in 2019.

He has done enough to lead his team to victories in all but one game this season, but the 49ers haven’t had to ask much of their signal-caller thanks to a dominant defense and a highly-potent running game.

His first chance to make a statement against a great team in prime time didn’t go as expected, as Garoppolo was just above a 50 percent completion percentage and had his worst QB rating (66.2) of the year in Monday night’s 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

"At one point, I remember looking up at the TV, and I said, 'I cannot remember Jimmy Garoppolo playing with happy feet like this,'" King told Mike Florio and Chris Simms of Pro Football Talk. "Look, this is whatever, like his 18th NFL start, so we don't really know him yet, but that was a bad night for Jimmy Garoppolo and for 49ers fans who want to love him, who want to have faith in him."

The 49ers might have fallen in the team’s first true test of 2019, but there are plenty of worthy opponents on the horizon for San Francisco.

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After hosting the Cardinals in Week 11, San Francisco will take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a recently flexed matchup on "Sunday Night Football," followed up by trips to Baltimore and New Orleans in consecutive weeks.

So there will be ample opportunity for Jimmy G and his squad to rebound in front of a prime-time audience.