COSTA MESA — Here are my top takeaways after watching the 49ers practice against hosts Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday to open back-to-back days of combined practice, ahead of Sunday’s preseason game:
1. ‘Sorry, Jim’
Jimmy Garoppolo’s best throws of the day were touchdown passes from Travis Benjamin and Charlie Warner. But his best moment? Maybe later in the press conference.
Garoppolo, who hasn’t tensed in his training camp competition with rookie Trey Lance, later joked about how the Chargers passed Joey Bossa and sounded like younger brother Nick, the 49ers side star.
Hitting the quarterback was still out of bounds, but Joey Bossa opted to snatch the ball from Garoppolo’s fist after a perfect tackle from Mike McGlinchi in a two-minute drill on Garoppolo’s final snap.
“He said ‘sorry’ as he passed me. He sounds just like Nick,” said Garoppolo. “It was kind of weird in my head.
“You get upset at the time but you tell him, ‘Sorry, Jim,’ at the same time, it’s just a bossa thing, I guess.”
Nick Bossa, 11 months away from his knee injury, was out of team practice and worked in full uniform like the rest of the camp.
“Our bossa didn’t hit his ball today, so I don’t know why (Joey) did it,” quipped coach Kyle Shanahan.
Now, what is Shanahan thinking about Garoppolo holding Lance for the starting role, which is the camp’s most questionable question?
Shanahan said, “I get why it’s funny and it’s a decision that everyone’s interested in, but I can’t say enough about it.” “I’m excited that we have a quarterback like Jimmy who has given us the chance to win the Super Bowl, and when he hasn’t, we’ve really struggled. I also think we drafted a guy like that.” Which excites me a lot.
“However, it doesn’t matter and whatever gives us a chance to win is definitely my focus,” he said. I’m also excited that we have depth there, no matter what, we have other answers. ”
When asked about his sideline celebration of Lance’s 80-yard touchdown pass in Sunday’s preseason opener, Garoppolo had another very good answer on Thursday, to which Garoppolo said: “Our team scored. I ( Why not? You can’t worry about (the competition). Our team scored a touchdown. It was an exciting moment on the edge.
“We’re playing a game here. You’ve got to enjoy it.”
Garoppolo began full-team practice in an 8-of-9 fashion before cooling off. He had a pass to Richie James that was intercepted by rookie Asante Samuel Jr., and nearly intercepted near Garoppolo before and after him.
Garoppolo threw deeper more times than all camp, joining early with Benjamin on a 50-yard rainbow over three defenders, but then missing Trent Sherfield twice as deep.
Shanahan said he would wait to evaluate the yield of these combined practices before deciding whether Garoppolo and Normal Start would play the full first quarter of Sunday, after just one series in a preseason-opening defeat to the Chiefs.
2. Lance is still under pressure
Shanahan said Lance could attract a first-team representative on Friday to face Bossa, safety Darwin James and other Chargers starters. So far in camp, Lance has taken only a few photos at Garoppolo’s location, for all the Zone-read run plays.
Lance’s life was not easy facing the crowds near the Chargers while being trapped behind the 49ers’ reserve lineman on Thursday. Had he not been allowed to continue the play and attempt the pass, as many photos as the sacks would have gone down, one of which was withheld.
“I challenge the O-Line big, but I’ll also challenge him to get rid of the ball,” Shanahan said. “You’ve got to know where those outlets are and how to get rid of it. He didn’t have much time but it’s our standard for how fast you have to play, not just athletically but with your mind.
“You can’t hesitate. You have to get rid of it. (a) get a sack in two minutes (drill), look at the percentage and it’s too much. Giving him some part of the experience even when he’s not in the game It’s good.”
After completing 6-of-8, Lance eventually finished 13-in-23, skewering the stats by two spikes for non-call sacks and hitting the clock. He completed touchdown passes to Ross Dweley and John Jennings in early full-team practice.
3. Jalen Hurd Has Tendinitis
A week earlier, wide receiver Jalen Hurd took three catches in practice, after only one last season after being interrupted by a knee injury last year.
He hasn’t practiced since, at least not in team practice, and he worked out with a trainer on Tuesday. He also won’t be practicing on Friday, and the 49ers are hoping their extended rest returns next week.
“He has been in and out for most of this. He has some knee pain, some knee tendinitis,” Shanahan said. “So instead of going one day and taking three off, we decided we could give him a week. and take at least seven days off.
“Hopefully this will be the right answer and help him get a little better.”
Shanahan reveals in his commentary that he is not a doctor, but, at this point in time, Heard is not an active 49er. He missed his first two seasons (back in 2019, knee in 2020) with injuries.
4. Other Health Updates
left tackle Trent Williams Will not be exercising this week after having swelling in his swollen right knee after Monday’s bump. Shanahan said, ‘Hopefully he will be ready for the opener.
the protection zakiski tartto, who spent the entire camp being physically unable to perform, was seen running really well on the side field. This is an encouraging sign of his recovery from toe surgery.
Protector Aaron Banks AC has a minor sprain in his shoulder joint which is keeping him out of practice this week and possibly next week.
cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (hamstrings) week by week. Also not practicing was a defensive tackle Javan Kinlaw (shoulders), offensive tackle Sean Coleman (knee) and running back Eliza Mitchell (kidnapper).
On Nick Bosa potentially entering team practice against the Chargers instead of waiting until next week’s set target date, Shanahan said: “I know how bad he wants to be. But Nick is very much about the whole plan. Are intense and thoughtful. Every day Nick has to put himself behind. We have a plan and Nick sticks to it, and he’s smart.” Bosa talks Mike Shanahan Towards the middle of the conditioning exercises on Thursday.
5. Other Notable Plays
– tight end George Kittel snatched a pass against security Darwin James‘ Tight coverage to highlight the face-off work, and Kittel pointed to Garoppolo Pass to beat Chris Harris Jr.In 7-on-7 exercises, . coverage of. Kittel was not targeted in full-team practice.
– Center Jake Brendel As a second-string center, it has strengthened over the past week. He was a COVID opt-out last season.
– Jennings caught a touchdown to increase his roster chances. Shanahan said: “Yes, he has some size (6-foot-3, 212 pounds), but so is his mindset: He’s aggressive in everything he does, he comes off the ball just like anyone There is no difference between run play and pass play for him.”
— Chase Daniels’s DeModor Lenore interception limited the practice, and fellow cornerback Embry Thomas And davonte harris Made solid plays on the neighboring practice ground. the protection tavon wilson Donald was seen allowing a long touchdown catch to taunt Param.
— Chargers linebacker Kazir WhiteHis anger boiled over a couple of times, and at one point in the warmup, Shanahan intervened to cool things down with a smile, as did Williams.