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  • By David Bonilla
    34 minutes ago
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is in a better situation than he was when he joined head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad in late October last year. A full offseason of study and becoming familiar with Shanahan's offense is expected to elevate the quarterback's play in 2018. Is Garoppolo where Shanahan wants him to be? Not quite. But that's mostly due to the head coach's understandably high expectations of his players. "You want everyone to be perfect, so my answer will never be yes," Shanahan told reporters on Thursday after the 49ers' final joint practice with the Houston Texans. "He's been working his tail off going through this process. We've been through the (play) install completely. Now we're starting to isolate a little bit on coverages we're...
  • By David Bonilla
    1 hour ago
    Note: This article will be updated as more practice reports come in. On Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers held their last of two joint practices with the Houston Texans at the Houston Methodist Training Center, which started at 9:15 a.m. CT (7:15 a.m. PT). Rookie safety Terrell Williams Jr. and linebacker Mark Nzeocha were each carted off the field with injuries. Neither of the injuries appears to be too serious. Williams was walking around after practice and told Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area that he is fine. Nzeocha was seen stretching and doing some agility work before exiting. Tight end Cole Wick left practice with what appeared to be a heat-related issue. "I'd like to say I'm used to this,...
  • By David Bonilla
    2 hours ago
    San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch spoke with team reporter Joe Fann at the start of Thursday's joint practice with the Houston Texans. He discussed a myriad of topics as the 49ers prepare for their second exhibition on Saturday night — a matchup against the Texans at NRG Stadium. The 49ers opened up the preseason last week with a 24-21 home win over the Dallas Cowboys. Lynch discussed what he saw out of his players in the game. "I think we saw a lot of good effort," Lynch said. "I think it took us a little while to get going, but then we adjusted, and we got into it. I think that's why you have to play against other people. You can practice all you want. There's something different about a preseason game, and there will be...
  • By David Bonilla
    2 hours ago
    San Francisco 49ers safety Terrell Williams Jr. had an impressive preseason debut against the Dallas Cowboys last week. The University of Houston product sustained an unspecified injury during Thursday's joint practice with the Houston Texans. It was serious enough that Williams had to be carted off the field. Rookie safety Terrell Williams Jr., who played at University of Houston, was carted off with an unspecified injury.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 16,...
  • By David Bonilla
    23 hours ago
    Running back Alfred Morris joined his new San Francisco 49ers teammates in Houston on Tuesday and got to work on Wednesday during the team's first joint practice with the Texans. He doesn't see himself as just another camp body. Morris is expected to compete for a roster spot, and that's exactly what he was looking for in a new team. Morris has experience within Kyle Shanahan's system. The 49ers head coach was the offensive coordinator in Washington when the Redskins drafted the running back in 2012. "I am familiar with the offense," Morris told reporters after his first practice with the 49ers. "I've been groomed in it my first two years. There's a lot of differences now but, overall, there's a lot of similarities and just kind of getting back into that and...
  • By David Bonilla
    23 hours ago
    San Francisco 49ers rookie defensive lineman Jullian Taylor received a lot of playing time in the exhibition opener against the Dallas Cowboys last week. He played 32 snaps in the game, which was second among 49ers defensive linemen. Taylor was credited with three tackles and a sack against the Cowboys. Pro Football Focus had him with two quarterback hits and a tackle for a loss. "I thought Jullian did a good job (against Dallas)," defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said on Sunday. "He competed. He represented all of the things that he has shown throughout practice, and that's violence, that relentlessness that we like. Improved his hand placement a little bit over the course of the game." Still, Saleh knows that Taylor is far from a finished product...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 15, 2018 at 10:48 AM
    Joint practices between NFL teams allow coaches to go against looks they would typically only see in games. They mix things up a bit for squads who are used to facing the same offense and defense during training camps. The San Francisco 49ers took part in the first of two joint practices with the Houston Texans on Wednesday morning. The two teams will play in an exhibition game at NRG Stadium on Saturday night. "I do think that when you go against good competition for a couple of days in a row, in full pads, the different situations that come up, the different skill sets that you have to deal with across the ball from you, I think that's really good," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said on Tuesday. For 49ers players, joint practices are also an...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 15, 2018 at 10:12 AM
    The big story out of Wednesday morning's joint practice between the 49ers and Texans was a heated scuffle between San Francisco cornerback Jimmie Ward and Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Punches flew between the two after Hopkins' helmet flew off during a hard jam on the first play of team drills. Both players were benched for the remainder of practice. "It's a missed opportunity on a bunch of levels," defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said after practice. "One, you don't get to face a guy like Hopkins. It's a trickle-down effect. Now other people need to pick up Jimmie's reps, and I'm sure on their side, receivers had to pick up for Hopkins. "It's something that they've got to be aware of. It's a real thing. When you get ejected in a game, it's a...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 15, 2018 at 9:19 AM
    On Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers held their first of two joint practices with the Houston Texans at the Houston Methodist Training Center, which started at 9:15 a.m. CT (7:15 a.m. PT). Punches flew between 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward and Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins after the latter's helmet flew off during a hard jam on the first play of team drills. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said on Tuesday that he and Shanahan would treat fights as if they were in a game — with ejections. "If they do anything that would get them ejected in a game, Kyle and I have already agreed on that," O'Brien said. "Anything that would get them ejected in a game...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 15, 2018 at 7:55 AM
    Don't count Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey among those who are highly impressed with Jimmy Garoppolo. Ramsey didn't have many good things to say about Garoppolo even after his defense gave up 242 passing yards, two touchdowns, and a rushing score to the San Francisco 49ers quarterback during a Week 16 44-33 loss last year. "What did he play, five games? He has good potential, I think he'll be a good player, but my experience in playing him, it was a lot of scheme stuff. It wasn't like he was just dicing us up," Ramsey told NFL Network in June. Ramsey believes much of Garoppolo's success had to do with the fact that defensive coordinators didn't...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 15, 2018 at 7:04 AM
    Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien got his first look at quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during a 26-16 Week 14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers last season. He'll get another look when the 49ers join the Texans at the Houston Methodist Training Center for two joint practices over the next couple of days. There are a lot of high expectations surrounding Garoppolo this season. The 49ers quarterback joined the team at the mid-season point last year and absorbed enough about head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense to try to be effective. Effective he was. Garoppolo started the 49ers' final five games of the season and won each of them. He completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,560 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions with a passer rating of 96.2 in six games and five...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 14, 2018 at 2:25 PM
    Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo averaged 308.4 yards per game in his five starts for the San Francisco 49ers last season. That's a higher average than names like Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, and Drew Brees. If you take Garoppolo's numbers in those games and use them to project a 16-game season, you get 4,934 passing yards with 22 touchdowns. Of course, Garoppolo's sample size was smaller than the names listed above. There is no telling how the 49ers quarterback would have performed over a 16-game season last year. That's what makes him so intriguing heading into 2018. Garoppolo remains a wildcard within head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. All the signs point up, and with that, the expectations for the quarterback are high. Maybe not 4,934 passing yards high, but...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 14, 2018 at 10:35 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers have officially announced the signing of former Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys running back Alfred Morris to a one-year deal. Head coach Kyle Shanahan first announced the signing, which was contingent on Morris passing a physical, following Monday morning's practice. Making it official - the #49ers have signed RB Alfred Morris to a one-year deal.Welcome, @FredoSauce!...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 13, 2018 at 7:28 PM
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was not with the team for most of its 0-9 run last season. He is, however, reminded of it on a daily basis. "In our locker room, we remember that we were 0-9," the quarterback told Albert Breer of The MMQB. "We have signs up, reminders that we haven't done anything yet, and we have to go out and prove it this year." While the media and fans hype up the upcoming season, the 49ers themselves remain grounded. They know that last season's finish means nothing for the...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 13, 2018 at 3:27 PM
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is clearly tired of hearing about injuries. He saw 28 of his players land on injured reserve last season. Monday morning's team-issued pre-practice injury report included 17 names. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida, who are the team's top two running backs, were on that list and won't practice this week. Shanahan knows injuries are a part of the game. He made it clear on Monday that the only way to prevent injuries is to keep players from playing or practicing. Shanahan decided to sarcastically (but humorously) explain how injuries can be avoided. "(George) Kittle falling on his arm awkwardly and separating his shoulder, that could be prevented by not having him run the route," Shanahan said. "Guys getting concussions in...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 13, 2018 at 2:28 PM
    On Monday, the San Francisco 49ers held their final training camp practice at the SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, which started at 10:15 a.m. It was not fully padded. The team still has two practices scheduled, but they will take place in Houston with the Texans before the two squads play each other at NRG Stadium on Saturday. The 49ers released a pre-practice injury report that included 17 players plus one who was receiving the day off to rest. Not on that list was rookie defensive lineman Jullian Taylor, who did not practice due to a stomach illness. Cornerback Richard Sherman is on his way back from a hamstring injury. He was listed as "limited"...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 13, 2018 at 12:08 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers are signing running back Alfred Morris, who will meet the team in Houston on Tuesday as the team prepares for its exhibition game on Saturday against the Texans. The signing will become official once he passes a physical, head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Monday. "I'm assuming everything will go alright and, hopefully, we'll get him in practice for us out in Houston," Shanahan said. The 49ers entered Monday's practice without their top two running backs. The team's projected starter, Jerick McKinnon, sustained a calf strain during Sunday's practice while his primary backup, Matt Breida, suffered a shoulder injury during Thursday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. "I just told [Morris] I waited so long to invite...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 13, 2018 at 10:40 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers released their second unofficial depth chart of the preseason on Monday. There aren't any changes when compared to the depth chart released a week ago. It is important to note that preseason depth charts don't mean a whole lot and aren't always an indication of potential individual playing time — but we'll report it anyway. The 49ers will travel to Houston on Tuesday and take part in two joint practices with the Texans this week. The two squads are scheduled to play each other on Saturday, August 18 at 5:00 p.m. PT. You can view the latest depth chart below. The...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 13, 2018 at 10:02 AM
    For most NFL rookies, their first in-game action can be a nervous experience. Even San Francisco 49ers first-round draft pick Mike McGlinchey admitted that he had to calm his nerves during the team's first drive against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. For another 49ers rookie, however, it was business as usual. Seventh-round draft pick Richie James hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Mullens during the 49ers' exhibition opener. It may have just been a preseason game, but it was still a clutch performance during a pressure situation. It was also James' first NFL touchdown, albeit in a game that does not matter in the...
  • By David Bonilla
    August 13, 2018 at 9:44 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers released their pre-practice injury report before the team's final training camp practice in Santa Clara. The 49ers will travel to Houston on Monday night and take part in two joint practices with the Texans before the squads play each other in an exhibition game on Saturday. The two practices on the road are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. RELATED: 49ers receive good news from Jerick McKinnon's MRI results Below are the injury notes announced by the 49ers on Monday morning. DE Arik Armstead (hamstring) is week-to-week RB Matt Breida (shoulder) is week-to-week TE George Kittle...
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