San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo continues to take more and more reps the further along the team gets in their offseason program. It’s naive to think there won’t be rust once Garoppolo is a “full go” at practice once training camp starts late next month. On the first play during the team period Wednesday, Garoppolo fumbled a shotgun snap. The same thing happened the day before.
One thing that hasn’t gone away is Garoppolo’s gunslinger mentality. He loves to sling it down the field and give his receivers a chance to make a play. For the most part, his ball placement was superb during the two-day minicamp.
During OTA’s, Garoppolo said that the deep ball was one of the last things that came back from his knee injury. He was asked if there have been any noticeable improvements on his game during the last month:
“I wouldn’t say huge differences. I think I’m very confident in it. It’s been coming off the hand very well, I thought. The receivers make my job so easy when you have the speed like [WR Marquise Goodwin] Quise and [WR] Dante [Pettis] and those guys, just their ability to separate from the defense makes it easy. Just put it out there far enough for them and don’t underthrow them.”
Both Jimmy G and backup quarterback Nick Mullens were complimentary of Dante Pettis and his “deceptive” speed. Here’s Garoppolo on getting on the same page as his receivers & Pettis’ speed:
“His speed, it doesn’t look like he’s moving very fast, but he really is. It’s a weird thing for a quarterback to get used to. He’s different than most guys running. Where Marquise looks like he’s running really fast and he is running really fast where Dante it’s different. Being able to get on the same page as him I think these last couple of weeks and everything has been very important.”
Garoppolo hinted at being in Los Angeles the next 40 days, but played coy as to why. After a few questions, he let us know that he’ll be spending time with the most noteworthy throwing coach in football, Tom House and his team. Garoppolo mentioned how House knows the offense well, and with some Niners receivers being on hand, Garoppolo should be able to get his timing down and get on the same page as his guys once again.