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Garoppolo throws TD in relief during 49ers' loss to Seahawks

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Garoppolo throws TD in relief during 49ers' loss to Seahawks

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jimmy Garoppolo -- whom the 49ers had been saying "didn't need to play this season" for them to keep him in their plans -- finally got on the field Sunday.

And gave the 'Niners a glimpse of what they're hoping for.  

Garoppolo made his 49ers debut with 1:07 remaining in their game against the Seahawks after starting quarterback C.J. Beathard went down with a left leg injury on a hit by Michael Bennett as he threw a pass. Garoppolo -- acquired from New England at the trade deadline last month and intended to stay on the shelf a little longer given the lost season -- immediately scrambled to gain four yards, then found Louis Murphy for a 10-yard touchdown as time expired in San Francisco's 24-13 loss.

"There's never an easy situation to go into," Garoppolo said. "Being the backup, I've experienced both ends of it. But you always have to be ready."

According to NBC Sports Bay Area, the fans at Levi's Stadium were excited to see Garoppolo enter the game . . . but the 49er players were upset because the cheers for Jimmy G. began when Beathard was still being treated on the field:

“People don’t understand what we through as football players and what our bodies go through," 49ers safety Eric Reid said. "And he’s laying down on the ground and people are cheering. That’s messed up.” . . . 

“I was disappointed in them when they were cheering,” 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster said. “Our fans are better than that. It’s a fact that our starting quarterback is down. And he’s been making plays. He’s been taking his body into a lot of things that a quarterback shouldn’t be getting into.

“I have to wait and make sure my brother on the ground is (OK) before I cheer for Jimmy. I’m going to cheer for my brother when he gets off the ground because he’s all right. And then I’m going to cheer for Jimmy.”

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Patriots announce they will start training camp on July 26th

Patriots announce they will start training camp on July 26th

The New England Patriots announced Thursday they will officially begin their 59th annual training camp on Thursday, July 26th. 

Exact times of the practices will be updated on the team's website, and the practices are free to the public as they will take place on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. 

New England is coming off a Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and an MVP season from Tom Brady. Following all the drama from Brady and Rob Gronkowski's absence from voluntary workouts, the Patriots must be looking forward to getting on the practice field to possbily head toward a sixth championship. 

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McGinest sees a possible dramatic Brady retirement

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McGinest sees a possible dramatic Brady retirement

What’s one more opinion when it comes to the caucophony of chatter wondering when Tom Brady will retire. 

Yesterday our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran laid out the viewpoints of everyone from Brady himself, to Brady’s agent Don Yee, to Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and others . . . and there wasn’t much of a consensus. 

Now Willie McGinest, one of Brady’s former teammates, has weighed in. 

Just another shot in the dark from another talking head asked to opine on the topic? Not exactly. McGinest and Brady have had a good relationship for a long time, but perhaps even more noteworthy is that McGinest is the person who introduced Brady to Alex Guerrero. 

McGinest saying that if Brady wins Super Bowl LIII he could “walk off” doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what will happen. Nor does it mean it’s what Guerrero believes. But it’s a take that could reasonably be placed in a box labeled “informed opinion.”

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