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.

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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.

Jerry Rice shows confidence in 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo after ugly game

Jerry Rice shows confidence in 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo after ugly game

The GOAT has spoken. 

Jimmy Garoppolo couldn't have played much worse in the 49ers' 24-15 preseason win over the Broncos on Monday night, but Jerry Rice isn't worried about the franchise quarterback. 

Garoppolo completed just one of his six pass attempts for a whopping zero yards. His first pass was batted down by a Denver defensive lineman and his second was intercepted. 

Oh, and the Broncos dropped what could have been an easy pick-six on Garoppolo's second drive. 

"It's something that I haven’t done in a year, obviously, so I’ve got to knock the rust off and everything,” Garoppolo said afterward. “Thankfully, we have a short week this week, so we can bounce back quickly. But it's the first step of getting back into it."

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Rice is on the same page as Garoppolo and 49esr coach Kyle Shanahan. While Monday night was ugly for Jimmy G, it was his first game action in nearly one year. Fans are fretting, but the team isn't. 

Should the 49ers be more concerned? Only time will tell. 

Why Kyle Shanahan wasn't shocked by 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky's hit


Why Kyle Shanahan wasn't shocked by 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky's hit

One of the highlights of the 49ers 24-15 preseason win in Denver was fourth-round pick Mitch Wishnowsky’s tackle of the player returning his own kickoff. 

In the middle of the third quarter, 6-foot-2, 220-pound Wishnowsky drilled the ball four yards deep into the end zone but Broncos 5-foot-7, 170 pounds running back Devontae Jackson still thought it was a good idea to bring it out.

Right at about the 24-yard line the punter made contact with Jackson and drove him into the ground a few yards back. 

Video of the hit has since gone viral and it will likely be a while before Jackson lives that play down. 

After the game, Wishnowsky said the tackle wasn’t too reminiscent of his Australian football days but still enjoyable. 

“You don’t really get too many head on,” Wishnowsky said. “It’s a lot of sort of wrap-up tackles, but yeah, it was nice to get one.” 

Wishnowsky also explained why he was so far down the field on the play.

“I hang back and then if there’s a gap to fill, I’ll just run in there,” Wishnowsky said. “Sort of half expecting him to sort of out step me but he didn’t so it worked out.” 

Via conference call, coach Kyle Shanahan shared that he wasn’t surprised of Wishnowsky’s ability, but he also doesn’t want to see that on a regular basis. Shanahan, however, was very complimentary of his punter’s technique. 

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“I was not shocked at all,” Shanahan said. “That’s what rugby players do. I don’t know if we want to make a living out of doing that but it’s good for the other 10 guys to see if they’re not on it, he might get down there and take their stats away. 

“I was very impressed with it. It was a perfect form leverage-side tackle.”