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Why Greg Cosell believes Jimmy Garoppolo needs work on his 'quarterback feet'

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Why Greg Cosell believes Jimmy Garoppolo needs work on his 'quarterback feet'

Greg Cosell, a senior producer at NFL Films, believes 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo “has a chance to be a top-level quarterback.” But there remains room for improvement from the player the 49ers awarded a franchise-record contract in the offseason.

Garoppolo has a quick release and can throw at a number of different arm angles to avoid oncoming pass-rushers. And while his accuracy underneath was unquestioned during his 5-0 run as the 49ers’ starter last season, most of the time, his deep throws did not reach the target.

Garoppolo completed just 4 of 16 attempts to targets 20 yards or more down the field last season for 134 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions, according to Pro Football Focus.

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During the offseason program, Garoppolo appeared to struggle on his deep throws, too. Cosell, a guest on the 49ers Insider Podcast, spoke about Garoppolo’s mechanics.

“Because he has very quick feet, I think people just assume he has great feet all the time when he delivers the ball,” Cosell said. “There’s a difference between having quick, athletic feet and having really good quarterback feet. And I think he needs to work on the quarterback feet part.

“I think guys who have that kind of snap delivery, sometimes they don’t step exactly to their throw and they throw a little bit off-balance, and that could really impact your accuracy to a significant degree. So my guess is those are the kinds of things they’ve worked on. Those are tweaks. I don’t think it will prevent him from being a really good player.”

Garoppolo appeared in six games with five starts last season after the 49ers acquired him for a second-round draft pick in a trade with the New England Patriots. Garoppolo completed 120 of 178 pass attempts (67.4 percent) for 1,580 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions.

Cosell said it is important for all quarterbacks to use consistent mechanics when making throws from a clean pocket.

“Think of a major league pitcher,” Cosell said. “They theoretically should throw the ball the same way every time. So should a quarterback unless the defense dictates otherwise. If the defense doesn’t dictate otherwise, the throws should look the same.”

NFL fines and suspends 49ers LB Reuben Foster for two games

NFL fines and suspends 49ers LB Reuben Foster for two games

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was suspended without pay for the first two games of the season and fined an undisclosed amount, the NFL announced on Tuesday.

Foster’s violations of the league’s policies of conduct and substances of abuse stem from a misdemeanor weapons offense in Los Gatos and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana in Alabama.

“I accept the league’s decision and am sorry that my mistakes have hurt my team,” Foster said in a statement issued through the 49ers. “I have a responsibility to the 49ers, our fans and our community, and I am committed to learning from this situation and making better choices in the future. The support I have received over the last five months has been humbling, and I do not take it for granted.”

Foster is eligible to participate in training camp and the 49ers’ four exhibition games. He will sit out the 49ers’ first two regular-season games: Sept. 9 at the Minnesota Vikings and Sept. 16 at home against the Detroit Lions. In Foster's absence, the 49ers have some options to join veteran Malcolm Smith at inside linebacker, including rookie Fred Warner, and veterans Brock Coyle and Korey Toomer.

He will forfeit $103,024 of his scheduled $875,708 salary for the season for being ineligible for the first two games.

Foster, 24, a first-round draft pick in 2017 from Alabama, is eligible to return to the 49ers’ active roster on Monday, Sept. 17, and play Sept. 23 at the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Our organization understands and supports the league’s decision,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “Although we are disappointed that Reuben will not be with our team for the first two games of the season, we will continue to work with him on making better decisions and eliminating unnecessary distractions. We are encouraged to see Reuben take responsibility for his mistakes, and hopeful that he has learned from them as well.”

Foster pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor of possession of an assault weapon on June 6. In lieu of a 30-day work sentence, Foster has to serve 232 hours of community services and two years probation.

Foster’s charge of possession of marijuana was dismissed when Foster completed a diversion course in Alabama.

On May 23, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge dismissed charges of domestic violence and forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime. The judge ruled that the prosecution did show sufficient evidence during a preliminary hearing to advance the case to a trial.

Foster joined his teammates in Santa Clara the next day after remaining away from the team for the first seven weeks of the 49ers’ offseason workout program.

 

Terrell Owens to give Hall of Fame speech on induction day...just not in Canton

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Terrell Owens to give Hall of Fame speech on induction day...just not in Canton

Former 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens will have the stage to himself while the remainder of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class celebrates in Canton, Ohio.

Owens announced Tuesday that he will give his speech on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 3:17 p.m. (Central time) at McKenzie Arena on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where Owens played football and basketball for the Mocs. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in his third year of eligibility.

“After giving it much thought, I have realized just how much I want to celebrate what will inevitably be the best weekend of my life at a place that means so much to me,” Owens said in a statement.

The remainder of the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will take part in the induction ceremony in Canton on Aug. 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. (Eastern time).

“I’m proud to be a Moc, and I’m honored to be able to share this experience with my family, friends, teammates and fans at the place that provided me with an opportunity beyond high school and where I truly began to find myself as an athlete. Thank you to everyone who has supported my celebration decision. I look forward to seeing you all in Chattanooga.

“Getcha popcorn ready!”