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49ers’ practice report: Garoppolo has INT-INT-INT-INT-INT stretch

San Francisco Chronicle logo San Francisco Chronicle 3 days ago By Eric Branch
a football player on a field: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) practices during football training camp at Levi's Stadium practice field in Santa Clara, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019. © Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) practices during football training camp at Levi's Stadium practice field in Santa Clara, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

The report from the 49ers’ 13th practice of training camp:

WEATHER: 80 degrees and sunny at the start of the 10:15 a.m. practice

LENGTH OF PRACTICE: 1 hour, 50 minutes

SCHEDULE: The 49ers will return to practice at 9:15 a.m. (MT) Friday in a joint practice with the Broncos at Denver’s facility in Englewood, Co.

INJURIES: TE George Kittle (calf tightness) missed his second straight practice. In addition, LT Joe Staley (pectoral soreness) was held out of team drills and LB Dre Greenlaw (stinger) and TE Levine Toilolo (shoulder) did not practice. CB Greb Mabin did not finish practice due to a right calf injury.

QB C.J. Beathard (thumb) returned to practice with tape on his right hand and thumb. Beathard participated in team drills.

OH, JIMMY: The quarterback who has the words “robot mindset” written on his armband morphed into an interception machine Wednesday.

Garoppolo, who has said those words serve as a reminder to tune out distractions, presumably didn’t have a great mindset after he threw picks on five straight pass attempts.

What happened?

“He threw it to the wrong team five plays in a row,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I was a defensive coach today, so I was pumped. But, no, the defense did great today and obviously he struggled.”

The inexplicably ugly stretch came near the end of strong training camp in which Garoppolo had never thrown more one interception in a practice and allayed concerns about his recovery from a torn ACL he sustained in September.

Every member of the starting secondary had a hand in Garoppolo’s pick parade: Free safety Tarvarius Moore had two interceptions and strong safety Jasquiski Tartt and cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon each had one.

Garoppolo and Tartt walked off the field together after Tartt nearly had a sixth pick of Garoppolo on the final snap of team drills.

Garoppolo’s pick-fest began innocuously. He tried to thread a deep pass to TE Ross Dwelley, who was blanketed by LB Kwon Alexander, and the pass caromed off Dwelley’s right hand and was corralled by Tartt.

However, Garoppolo’s final four INTs were relatively easy for the defense.

* He targeted RB Matt Breida deep down the right sideline, but the pass hung in the air and was grabbed by Moore.

* He targeted Dwelley in the right flat, but Sherman stepped in front of it en route to a would-be pick six.

* In a red-zone drill, on a play from the 4-yard line, he looked to WR Dante Pettis, who was well-covered by Witherspoon in the left corner of the end zone. He briefly looked away from Pettis before setting his sight on him again. It was an easy pick for Witherspoon.

* In red-zone work, on a play from the 8-yard line, Garoppolo targeted Dwelley over the middle near the goal line, but Moore jumped the route and took off for another potential pick-six.

“You want so badly to make it up the next play, but the next play you’ve still got to make the right decisions and take what the defense gives you,” Shanahan said of Garoppolo’s poor stretch. “Sometimes it’s hard to make the right decisions when you’re fired up and competitive and usually when you make a bad play it makes your mind go a little bit sideways.

“So that’s why it is sometimes a good situation to put guys in. When that does happen, sometimes you try to protect them a little bit in the game, but in practice, it’s the exact opposite. When there’s an issue, you kind of poke at it a little bit more to see how guys react.”

Garoppolo did later find his footing on a two-minute drill, completing 4 of 6 passes to drive the offense to the 6-yard line with under 10 seconds left. However, Tartt broke up Garoppolo’s pass to WR Jordan Matthews at the 1-yard line on the final play of practice.

Garoppolo completed 12 of 25 passes. He did have two short TD passes in red-zone work: He threw a 2-yard score to WR Jalen Hurd on a bubble screen and had a 2-yard shovel-pass TD to FB Kyle Juszczyk.

“I thought he did play better at the end of the two-minute drive and in the red zone,” Shanahan said. “We hit a rough spot. I was happy for the defense, but the offense is going to have about a day and a half to think about it.”

THIS AND THAT: QB Nick Mullens completed 10 of 13 passes and one of his incompletions was a drop by undrafted rookie TE Tyree Mayfield. Mullens threw a 40-yard TD to WR Kendrick Bourne, who beat safety Antone Exum. … LB Malcolm Smith had excellent coverage before breaking up a pass from Mullens to Bourne. … Beathard completed 6 of 8 passes - Mayfield also dropped one of his throws - and had an 8-yard TD to Bourne in red-zone work.

Twitter: @Eric_Branch

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