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2hNick Wagoner

Does George Kittle ever have a bad day?

The NFL has a Gronk-sized hole to fill. Enter the 49ers' Pro Bowl tight end and his infectious, tattoo-getting, TD-scoring, Joker-obssessed lust for life.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Some notes and observations from the 49ers-Broncos joint practice session on Saturday. 1. It was another spirited session, though a skirmish broke out about midway through between Denver's offense and Niners' defense. Broncos WR Brendan Langley and TE Bug Howard were ejected from practice for it. Kyle Shanahan said he was told no 49ers threw a punch, though he'd check the film for confirmation. Teams had done well to avoid fighting before that but it didn't get too out of hand before it was broken up. 2. Spent most of the day watching defense but 49ers offense had a strong period late in practice with RBs Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida both breaking free for would-be long touchdowns. Also, QB Jimmy Garoppolo hit WRs Marquise Goodwin and Richie James for big gains. Goodwin had two very strong practices here. 3. On other side, some good work in coverage with pass breakups from S Marcell Harris, S Jaquiski Tartt and CB Richard Sherman. Sherman also just missed a PBU on a deep ball to Courtland Sutton, who made an acrobatic catch. On that play, it appeared DE Arik Armstead would have had a sack before the throw. 4. Linebacker Fred Warner also continued his strong camp, showing up in coverage and the run game. Read and reacted to a swing pass on third down for a would-be stop to get the defense off the field. Niners very encouraged by his progress entering Year 2 and Warner looks to be fully embracing his role as a leader of the defense. 5. To wrap up the practice, the teams worked on close and late situations. WR Jordan Matthews climbed the ladder for a tough catch from Garoppolo to set up a Robbie Gould 55-yard field goal try. Vic Fangio tried to ice Gould with a timeout but Gould hit the kick for a "win."

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

On the injury front, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said S Antone Exum Jr., who did not participate Saturday, is dealing with a knee issue. He's considered day to day. The same is true for starting guard Mike Person, who is dealing with a foot strain. DT D.J. Jones and RB Raheem Mostert returned to practice Saturday after dealing with a knee injury and a concussion, respectively.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he hasn't decided how much QB Jimmy Garoppolo will play Monday night against Denver, though he plans to get Garoppolo some work. Shanahan said he will evaluate it based on tape from past two days of practice as well as who is available (and healthy) on his offensive line. One thing that's clear: Garoppolo will get the bulk of his preseason work in game 3 at Kansas City.

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3dNick Wagoner

Garoppolo bounces back with solid scrimmage

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was behind center with the starters for all of Friday's practice against the Broncos, marking another minor milestone in his return from the injury that cost him 13 games in 2018.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Some notes and observations from the 49ers-Broncos joint practices: 1. QB Jimmy Garoppolo was solid in his first chance to play against a different team since returning from ACL injury. I had him 10-of-15 on the day with an interception (though that probably would've been a Von Miller sack in real time). Garoppolo was happy to see a different team and to move on from the five-interception performance he had in Wednesday's practice. Garoppolo said he's been taking some jokes for the five interceptions but he would think something was wrong if he wasn't. 2. The 49ers signed CB Quinten Rollins, who is wearing No. 30. Rollins had a pass breakup late in the session in his first practice with team. CB Greg Mabin, who has worn 30 previously, was not at the workout. He has been dealing with a calf injury, so a roster move with some sort of injury settlement there seems possible. 3. I spent most of the day watching the 49ers offense but did see some for the defense, including another interception for FS Tarvarius Moore against Joe Flacco. Moore would have returned it for a touchdown. He continues to make compelling case to keep starting job when Jimmie Ward returns. DC Robert Saleh even said Moore is positioning himself to make such a change difficult. 4. Jeff Wilson Jr. is something of a forgotten man in the 49ers running back room but he had a good practice today. He's back from a calf injury and one of few healthy backs at the moment. He should get some work on Monday night. Worth noting that RB Matt Breida also did not participate in team drills. No update on his health yet but that created the opening for Wilson to get so much work today. 5. In a clear concession by Broncos coach Vic Fangio, he allowed one song to be played during today's practice. During stretching. The song was "Middle Child" by J. Cole.. Fangio has been against music at practice and made it well known.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers and Broncos wrapped up their first joint practice, a spirited sessions that never rose to the level of fights. The Niners who did not practice in team drills or at all: CB Jason Verrett (ankle), WR Trent Taylor (foot), FS Jimmie Ward (collarbone), CB K'Waun Williams (knee), RB Raheem Mostert (concussion), LB Elijah Lee (hand), DE Dee Ford (knee), OL Joshua Garnett (finger), DT Jullian Taylor (back), TE Levine Toilolo (shoulder), TE George Kittle (calf tightness), DT D.J. Jones (knee), DE Nick Bosa (ankle) and DE Ronald Blair III (groin).

Orlovsky: 'Kittle is on the verge of becoming a star' (1:49)

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Some notes and observations from Thursday's 49ers practice: 1. It was an incredibly rough day for QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who at one point threw interceptions on five consecutive pass attempts in team drills. A couple of those were forced or under thrown and some were good plays by the defense but Garoppolo showed some signs of turnover issues early last season and though that hasn't at all been the case in this camp, it's still something to monitor moving forward. 2. To his credit, Garoppolo had some good throws sandwiched around the interceptions. He hit on deep balls to WR Richie James and TE Ross Dwelley early in team drills and had a couple of red zone touchdowns late to FB Kyle Juszczyk and WR Jalen Hurd. Growing pains are to be expected with Garoppolo but the injury he suffered last year prevented him from getting some of those out of the way, too. 3. On the flip side, backup QB Nick Mullens was mostly sharp, including a deep ball to WR Kendrick Bourne for a long TD late in a move the ball drill. He hit Bourne for a pair of other completions and also was on target to James (x2) and Hurd. Mullens also scrambled for a would-be TD. He still looks like the odds-on favorite to be Garoppolo's backup. 4. Free safety Tarvarius Moore continues to make strides every day. He had the two interceptions in team drills today. One was woefully under thrown but the other he made a good read, timed the pass and jumped the route for what likely would've been a long return. He's going to continue to work with the starters until Jimmie Ward returns but he's making a case that he could be the team's starting free safety of the future. 5. The 49ers now are set to travel to Denver tonight, where they will have joint practices with the Broncos on Friday and Saturday and play preseason game on Monday night. Shanahan said he hopes there will be music for practices but that's up to Vic Fangio, since it's "his place."

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (ankle sprain) has been doing some work on the sidelines the past couple of days. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Bosa is out of his walking boot and making daily progress toward getting back to full strength. There's no definitive timetable on his return yet, though Niners are still hopeful he'll be ready for Week 1 against Tampa Bay.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Some key health updates from the 49ers: OT Joe Staley had some pectoral soreness today and was held out of team drills. TE George Kittle still dealing with calf tightness and is day to day, according to coach Kyle Shanahan. LB Dre Greenlaw also limited to individual drills as he comes back from a stinger. TE Levine Toilolo has some shoulder soreness and has missed practice past two days. Shanahan said he will likely not practice this weekend in Denver. FS Jimmie Ward is not back to team drills yet and Shanahan indicated it probably won't happen in Denver, either.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Some observations and notes from Tuesday's 49ers practice: 1. It was a bit of a back and forth practice for the offense and defense, though still some signs of sloppiness, including pre-snap penalties. One issue that seemed to pop up a few times were slow and low snaps from Ben Garland when Garoppolo was in the gun. Threw off timing of some plays. If that continues, it's something to monitor as Weston Richburg works his way back from injury and his timing could also be off. 2. A few highlights in move the ball drills: QB Nick Mullens twice connected with WR Jalen Hurd for would-be first downs and Mullens also hit WR Richie James in the corner for a big gain that set up a touchdown. QB Jimmy Garoppolo hit WR Dante Pettis for big gain down right sideline and RB Tevin Coleman for a touchdown. Mullens continues to look like the favorite to be Garoppolo's backup, especially with C.J. Beathard now working through a thumb injury. 3. Undrafted rookie RB Austin Walter has quietly been one of the hardest-working players in this camp. With injuries to other backs, Walter has had a huge work load and his teammates don't go as easy on him as the starters. Still, he produces and doesn't seem to be fazed by any of the hits. He had a pair of touchdown runs in the red zone today. Barring injuries, he has little chance to make the roster but he should be able to land on a practice squad. 4. WR Marquise Goodwin and CB Ahkello Witherspoon collided going for the ball late in practice with Goodwin getting the worst of it. He was OK, but needed some time to recover and get back to work. 5. With Trent Taylor (foot) out, the Niners gave most of their slot work to Jordan Matthews, Jalen Hurd and Richie James Jr. Would like to see Hurd get worked in with the starters more as he offers a new dynamic to the offense and seems to be getting more comfortable each day.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Among the new names who didn't practice Tuesday for the 49ers: TE George Kittle (calf tightness) QB C.J. Beathard (thumb) TE Levine Toilolo WR Deebo Samuel (excused for personal reasons) The rest of the list of those sitting out: CB Verrett (ankle), WR Taylor (foot), CB K. Williams (knee), RB McKinnon (knee), RB Mostert (head), LB E. Lee (thumb), DE Ford (knee), G Garnett (finger), DT Jones (knee), DE Bosa (ankle), DL Blair (groin). Also, FS Jimmie Ward continues to wear blue no contact jersey and did some work in individual. Not yet participating in team drills.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers officially placed OT Shon Coleman (fractured fibula/dislocated ankle) on injured reserve today. The team signed OT Sam Young to a one-year deal, take Coleman's place on the roster and compete for the swing tackle job Coleman vacates. Young was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round (179th overall) in 2010. He's appeared in 88 games (21 starts) in his nine-year career with the Cowboys (2010), Bills (2011-13), Jaguars (2013-15) and Dolphins (2016-18).

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers tackle Shon Coleman underwent surgery this morning to repair a fractured fibula and dislocated ankle suffered early in last night's preseason opener against Dallas. Coleman is expected to be placed on injured reserve though that move has not yet been made. Coleman was the favorite to be the team's swing tackle entering the season but now the Niners will have to seek help at the position. Veteran Garry Gilliam, who served in that role for the Niners the past two years, would seem to be one option as he remains on the free agent market.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said WR Trent Taylor suffered a Jones fracture in his foot but there's hope he will be ready for week 1. Shanahan said they caught it before it broke completely so it could be 4-6 weeks instead of 8-10.

8d

49ers beat Cowboys 17-9 in exhibition opener

Dak Prescott completed all four of his pass attempts, caught one and led Dallas to a field goal in a brief cameo in the exhibition opener as the Cowboys went on to lose the San Francisco 49ers 17-9 on Saturday night.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers rookie wideout Jalen Hurd has two touchdown catches tonight, the most recent of which was simply a matter of him being bigger than the guy covering him. Hurd has been coming on strong lately in practice and with Trent Taylor expected to miss some games, Hurd could be positioning himself for a bigger role early in the season than expected. He's very different than Taylor but Hurd can play in the slot and his size and strength could be helpful to a red zone offense that was among the worst in the league last year.

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