Why 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo likes to take chances with preseason reps

Why 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo likes to take chances with preseason reps

Late in the first half of the 49ers' third preseason game Saturday, Jimmy Garoppolo knew Dante Pettis was covered by three Kansas City Chiefs defenders in the end zone.

But the 49ers quarterback took a chance anyway, and he told KNBR's "Tolbert, Krueger and Brooks" on Wednesday that it was by design.

"A big part of that is it still being preseason, or in practice, you try things like that," Garoppolo said when KNBR's Tom Tolbert asked about the throw. "You know, during a real game, you wouldn't make that throw or that decision, but there's a trust factor between quarterback and ... whoever's catching the ball.

“The more you try those things, you see who's going to make the play for you in a crucial situation. If you put it in a good spot for them to make a play, you expect them to make a play. They expect you to give them a chance to make play, so I think it works both ways. Them trusting me, me trusting them. ... [That] comes with reps."

Garoppolo did not get many reps last season. After completing his first preseason with the 49ers, the signal-caller tore his ACL in Week 3 of the 2018 season against the Chiefs.

The injury left Garoppolo looking to complete his first full season with the 49ers, let alone as a starter. He was acquired from the New England Patriots in a Halloween 2017 trade after making all of two starts in parts of four seasons as Tom Brady's backup. Garoppolo has just eight starts in two years with the 49ers, adding inexperience to the aforementioned injury.

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As a result, Garoppolo struggled in his first preseason game, in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos. He followed up his 1-for-6 performance with a better effort against the Chiefs, but there still were signs he is not all the way back in his injury recovery.

Garoppolo sees more reps as the key to greater comfort, and that remains a big part of his focus even with the regular-season opener right around the corner. 

"We've gotten into [preparation for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers] a little bit," Garoppolo said in the interview. "This is an interesting week because you're still in that training-camp mindset where you're trying to make your own team better and do what you have to do to get better. But at the same time, obviously you start looking ahead and seeing who you've got Week 1."

Garoppolo won't play in the 49ers' preseason finale Thursday night against the LA Chargers, meaning the practice field is where he'll get the entirety of his remaining reps before his first regular-season game in nearly a year. Expect him to take some more chances during that time. 

49ers' D.J. Reed out for 2020 NFL season after torn pectoral surgery

49ers' D.J. Reed out for 2020 NFL season after torn pectoral surgery

Defensive back D.J. Reed will miss the entire 2020 season, 49ers general manager John Lynch announced on Monday.

Reed, who sustained a torn pectoral during an offseason workout, was expected to be cleared to return to action after his surgery no sooner than early November, Lynch said. Rehabilitation from surgery typically takes four to six months.

“Ultimately, (it’s) too difficult to keep a roster spot for something that may go into December,” Lynch said.

The 49ers placed Reed on the reserve/non-football injury list after moving receiver Richie James from the reserve/COVID-19 list to active/non-football injury. James went on the COVID-19 list on July 27.

Running back Jeff Wilson is the only 49ers player who remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list after going on the list on July 30.

The 49ers made two other roster moves Monday, as defensive lineman Kentavius Street and wide receiver Shawn Poindexter were both activated from the physically unable to perform list. Both players landed on injured reserve last season due to knee injuries.

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The loss of Reed impacts the 49ers’ depth in the secondary. Reed was a fifth-round draft pick of the 49ers’ in 2018 from Kansas State.

He appeared in all 16 regular-season games last season. He started two games as a rookie and registered 41 tackles. Last season, he had 13 tackles and scored a last-second touchdown on a fumbled kickoff against the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 17.

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49ers don't expect players to opt out of NFL season, John Lynch says

49ers don't expect players to opt out of NFL season, John Lynch says

Through Monday, 50 players from 25 different teams have chosen to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 49ers have not had any players opt-out, nor does 49ers general manager John Lynch expect any players to pass on this season, he said on Monday. The league-wide opt-out deadline is expected to be as early as Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday.

“We always feel like communication with your players is the best opportunity for success in every situation,” Lynch said. “But none of our players have intimated that is an option they’ll be exercising.”

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The New England Patriots lead the NFL with eight players choosing to opt-out of the 2020 season.

The NFL Network reported that high-risk players who opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend. Voluntary opt-outs for non-high-risk players will receive a $150,000 salary advance.

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