Jimmy Garoppolo braces for full practice at start of 49ers training camp

Jimmy Garoppolo braces for full practice at start of 49ers training camp

SANTA CLARA – Jimmy Garoppolo expects to wear a brace on his surgically repaired left knee for the entire 2019 season.

The 49ers franchise quarterback can only hope everything this season is as simple as finding the right protective device.

“Yeah, I love it,” Garoppolo said after his second day of going through 7-on-7 drills during 49ers organized team activities.

“That was actually the first one I tried. It fit like a glove the first time, so shout out to the training staff for finding that.”

Garoppolo is working his way back slowly from a torn anterior cruciate ligament that ended his season in Week 4 of his first full year with the 49ers. He is now taking part in his second offseason program with the 49ers.

When he entered the 49ers’ starting lineup for the final five games of the 2017 season, he knew only as much of the offense to enable him to get through each week’s game plan. A year ago, when he reported back for the team's offseason program, he was learning the offense from the beginning – like a rookie.

“(It’s) much smoother, that’s for sure, the installs and everything,” Garoppolo said. “Last year, it was really my first time sitting down and learning it from an OTA point of view rather than cramming for a test. It’s been smoother and a lot more simple in the mornings.

“The majority of our offense that we do right now is the bulk of the stuff. It’s stuff that we do 75-percent of the time. We’re not really game-planning for our defense. You more so want to get the reps in to help you as an offense. It’s getting guys comfortable, the new guys, the young guys, getting them all comfortable and getting us all on the same page.”

Garoppolo appears on pace for a return to 11-on-11 work at the start of training camp in late-July. Until then, he is taking part in the more controlled passing sessions that do not involve a pass rush.

“The training staff and coaches have put together a nice plan and just getting the reps of 7-on-7 and seeing the defense, safeties, things like that," Garoppolo said. "It’s good to be back out there and being able to see all that stuff again."

[RELATED: Sherman is impressed with how Jimmy G is throwing the ball]

During 7-on-7 drills on Tuesday, Garoppolo completed 15 of 20 pass attempts to 12 different receivers. Making high-velocity throws down the field and the quick, improvisational movements within the pocket to create room to throw are the last pieces of the puzzle for Garoppolo.

“The ropes down the field, the movement, escaping the pocket and things like that, just the awkward movements that you can’t really predict in practice,” Garoppolo said. “Yeah, it’s coming together nicely, though.”

Watch 49ers' Jason Verrett go full-speed in change-of-direction drills


Watch 49ers' Jason Verrett go full-speed in change-of-direction drills

Cornerback Jason Verrett did not take part in the 49ers’ practices during the offseason program with the plan of being ready to compete for a starting job when training camp opens in July.

After missing all of last season with a torn Achilles sustained in a conditioning test at the opening of Los Angeles Chargers training camp, Verrett appears on pace to be cleared at or near the beginning of camp this summer.

Verrett on Monday posted videos to his Instagram account that show him going near full speed in change-of-direction drills. During the last week of the team’s offseason program, Verrett said he expected to be ready for training camp. The 49ers are scheduled to report to camp on July 27.

"I’m going to be ready,” Verrett said. “That’s my main focus. It’s just worrying about what I can control and I’m excited to be getting ready for training camp. My health is pretty much everything and I’m on track to be exactly where I want to be. The day I get on that football field they are going to like what they see.”

Verrett, who turned 28 last week, has played in just 25 games since breaking into the NFL in 2014 as the 25th overall draft pick of the Chargers.

He was limited to just six games because of a shoulder injury as a rookie. After appearing in 14 games in 2015 and earning a spot on the AFC Pro Bowl team, Verrett sustained a partial tear of his ACL and played in just four games in 2016.

[RELATED: How will 49ers share RB carries?]

In the first game of 2017, Verrett reinjured his knee and sat out the remainder of the season. Verrett missed all of last season with the injury he sustained on the first day of training camp.

Ahkello Witherspoon had a strong offseason program as the starting cornerback opposite Richard Sherman. Verrett is expected to compete with Witherspoon for a starting job.

49ers training camp starts July 26, includes joint Broncos practices


49ers training camp starts July 26, includes joint Broncos practices

The 49ers will open training camp at their Santa Clara practice facility on July 26, the NFL announced Monday.

The club’s first practice is slated for Saturday, July 27. The veterans and rookies are scheduled to report on the same date.

Team president Al Guido announced this month that the 49ers would have more open practices for the general public. Dates and times of those practices will be announced in the near future.

[RELATED: How will 49ers share carries with RBs?]

Here is the schedule of important dates for the 49ers in training camp and beyond:

Monday, July 15: Deadline for any club to sign franchise player (49ers, Robbie Gould) to a multi-year contract, 1 p.m. PT.
Friday, July 26: Reporting date for veterans and rookies in Santa Clara.
Saturday, July 27: First practice of training camp.
Monday, July 29: First padded practice of training camp.
Saturday, Aug. 10: Exhibition game vs. Dallas Cowboys, Levi’s Stadium, 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 16: Joint practice with Denver Broncos in Englewood, Colorado, TBA.
Saturday, Aug. 17: Joint practice with Denver in Englewood, Colorado, TBA.
Monday, Aug. 19: Exhibition game at Denver, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24: Exhibition game at Kansas City Chiefs, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29: Exhibition game vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Levi’s Stadium, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31: Prior to 1 p.m. PT, all NFL teams must reduce rosters to maximum of 53 players.
Sunday, Sept. 1: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at final roster reduction, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1: Teams can establish 10-player practice squads, approximately 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29: NFL trade deadline, 1 p.m. (PT).
Tuesday, Nov. 12: Deadline for a franchise player to sign one-year tender with club in order to be eligible to play this season, 1 p.m. (PT).