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SANTA CLARA — Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch smiled at each other Wednesday as the 49ers’ head honchos strode off the practice field, past the “Forty Niner Way” street sign and into Shanahan’s field-level office.
The final offseason practice was done. A promising season and rigorous training camp await.
For the next 15 minutes back out on the field, however, their quarterback kept working. He kept throwing. He directed two young receivers where to go. Jimmy “5-and-0” Garoppolo delayed his summer break for more target practice with tight end George Kittle and wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.
San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warms up during 49ers mini-camp at their practice facility in Santa Clara, Calif., on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)
Garoppolo called it a “very successful” first go-round in the 49ers offseason program. But not to the point he’s overplaying his or the 49ers’ outlook, not when there’s so much work to do, not after completing 8-of-19 passes in his final practice and nearly having his last throw intercepted in the end zone.
“I’ve come a long way (laughs) especially from last season cramming everything in,” Garoppolo said. “But still have a long way to go developing that chemistry between me and the skill position, the O-line, everything.”
Locking up Garoppolo to a long-term deal in February kick started a banner offseason. Then came: a good-looking gamble on All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, the arrival of multi-dimensional running back Jerick McKinnon, the offensive line’s fortification with center Weston Richburg and right tackle Mike McGlinchey, and, of course, star linebacker Reuben Foster’s exoneration from a judge regarding domestic-violence charges.
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan speaks during a press conference on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports