According to the reporters who were on-hand for Wednesday’s practice, it was another turnover-fest for the offense:
Brace yourself for the annual Jimmy Throws Interceptions handwringing. He just threw three — two off of tips — during a red zone drill. Our therapists are standing by.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 26, 2020
Eventful red zone period just concluded at #49ers practice dominated by the defense. Jimmy Garoppolo was intercepted three times, once by Richard Sherman for a ~90-yard TD, another by Johnathan Cyprien, and Javon Kinlaw snagged a batted pass at the line. JG also threw 3 TDs.— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) August 26, 2020
Jimmy Garoppolo just threw three TDS in red-zone session ... and three INTs (Richard Sherman, Jonathan Cyprien, Javon Kinlaw). His worst pick was a back-foot, across-field floater that Sherman grabbed for near-100-yard pick 6. TIME TO BENCH JIMMY?!— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) August 26, 2020
Jimmy Garoppolo had a few tough reps in #49ers red zone drills throwing 3 INTs— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) August 26, 2020
One to Richard Sherman intended for Bourne
One tipped pass caught by Javon Kinlaw
One to Johnathan Cyprien intended for Woerner
#49ers Richard Sherman, after an injury scare early in practice, had a 95-yard interception return for TD on Garoppolo lob to K.B. with Armstead rushing hard from end— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 26, 2020
Garoppolo 7/12 in red zone, 2 TDs (KB, Pettis) and 3 INT (Sherman, Cyprien, Javon Kinlaw; last 2 on deflections) pic.twitter.com/3n0CPxBwDX
Tipped passes go back to Jimmy Garoppolo working his eyes. Feel free to overreact, but there have been multiple turnovers every day. This isn’t anything new. The defense has shown they’re easily ahead of the offense, which is generally the case in training camp. By now, they know what plays are coming, especially Richard Sherman. That was the third interception returned for a touchdown in less than a week for Sherm.
I think acknowledging the defense and it being practice can be true while talking about the same issues that showed up last year and seemingly are still there in practice. Garoppolo needs to improve his timing and to move the defense with his eyes. If you’re late on throws or are staring down wideouts, elite defenses like San Francisco’s will make you pay.
Also, this is who Jimmy is. His mentality is that of a gunslinger, and he’s going to try and fit passes in, specifically at practice, to see what he can get away with. I’d take that over “captain check-down” every day of the week.
There were reportedly a few fights at practice: one involving Javon Kinlaw and Justin Skule, and another between Fred Warner and Raheem Mostert. I wouldn’t read too much into the scuffles at 49ers practice. Your takeaway from this should be the team is tired of practicing against each other and ready to play against someone else. Happens every year after a few weeks of going against the same person every day.
Apparently, Richard Sherman went down after getting stepped on, which caused a big scare. Sherman was fine, and returned with an interception, as noted above. George Kittle was working on the side of practice with an athletic trainer for about 30 minutes, though the team said there are no injury updates. Matt Maiocco said there’s no reason to panic.
Chris Biderman said that Deebo Samuel spent the early portion of practice doing wind sprints close to 100% and looks like he’s moving well. I’d say he’s on track to play at some point in September, if not Week 1.