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ENGLEWOOD Earl Mitchell Jersey , Colo. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo relished lining up against another team Friday, and not just because his own defense intercepted five consecutive passes off him at their last practice.“I love these crossover practices that we have. It’s a change-up to training camp,” Garoppolo said after the San Francisco 49ers‘ joint workout with the Denver Broncos that attracted Peyton Manning and several other former players.Garoppolo hadn’t faced an opponent since his season-ending left knee injury at Kansas City last September, and while coaches Vic Fangio and Kyle Shanahan had agreed to forbid tackling during their two days of joint workouts, the competition represented another milestone in the quarterback’s comeback.He’s expected to take another big step by playing at least a series in the teams’ preseason game Monday night.Niners cornerback Richard Sherman said he’s also a fan of these joint workouts, so long as everyone keeps their composure.“If it’s clean like it was today, two teams just completing and getting after it and perfecting their craft against guys who are different and not all the fights and excess, then it’s fine,” Sherman said.That’s not always the case across the NFL .“A lot of these joint practices, there’s fights all over the place, there’s extra intensity, there’s guys going to the ground, there’s guys getting hurt,” Sherman said. “And that’s the stuff you don’t want.”Especially when your quarterback is coming off an ACL injury.“Anytime you have a D-line getting close to the quarterback and they don’t have a vested interest in the quarterback’s health, you know, they’re not as concerned about falling away from him or not touching him, etc., etc.,” Sherman said. “So, those are things you’ve got to be careful about.”Garoppolo was much safer with the football Friday, when his only interception came when he was pressured by Von Miller and hung a 20-yard pass that safety Justin Simmons snared.That was nothing like Wednesday, when he threw interceptions on five straight pass attempts , by far his worst session since returning from the torn ACL that cut short his 2018 season after three games.“You guys are seeing me a couple of days removed, but that day I was pretty ticked off,” Garoppolo said. “The defense got the best of me that day. We’ve had battles back and forth. And it’s good for us, good for them, and it’s only going to lead to a better football team.”The 49ers are hopeful Garoppolo’s poor performance that day showed that maybe they will have a more opportunistic defense this season after setting NFL records for futility with just two interceptions and seven takeaways all last season.“I think it was less about Jimmy and him having a bad day and more about us executing and guys getting on the same page and us making better breaks Malcolm Smith Color Rush Jersey ,” said Sherman, who had one of the five interceptions.San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said that although Garoppolo “got a lot of flak, not all of them were his fault, believe it or not. But I’m pumped up any time we get the ball. … Shoot, Jimmy went all camp with what, two interceptions? So, I think it’s OK, personally, to excuse him for one bad day.”As if often the case in joint practices, the defenses had the upper hand Friday.Although the 49ers were missing pass rushers Dee Ford (knee) and Nick Bosa (ankle), they stymied the Broncos offense, which wasn’t surprising given their familiarity with Denver offensive coordinator and Shanahan protege Rich Scangarello , who was the 49ers’ QB coach the last two seasons.“It’s a good day because I think we’ve got a young team and it’s good to come out against a new team,” Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco said. “I think they brought a lot of energy. So, I think it was good for our team to go up against that. I think we can definitely do a better job than we did today.“But that’s what this is all about; it’s about getting good work against some high intensity guys and some different looks.”Facing the Broncos was just like going up against their own offense any other day, said 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander.“They use Coach Shanahan’s offense, so we kind of know much of the stuff, the ins and outs,” Alexander said. “Just new guys to hit.”Notes: The 49ers signed CB Quinten Rollins and waived/injured CB Greg Mabin. … Mike Shanahan also attended the joint practice and briefly chatted with 49ers GM John Lynch and Broncos GM John Elway. This was Deebo Samuel’s week to lose. A three-year standout at South Carolina, Samuel is everything the modern NFL desires. Samuel is versatile, fast, and sports a much larger catch radius than his frame would suggest. Though a decaying quarterback situation at South Carolina hindered Samuel’s opportunity to put up mind-boggling numbers, the skill set speaks for itself. The challenge for Samuel heading into the week, however, was the simplicity of Senior Bowl practices. In team sessions, the schemes on both sides of the ball are watered down. Defenses can not blitz and may only run base defensive shells, such as Cover 2 from a two-high safety look. Likewise , offenses can not motion, use trips formations, or get into an empty set. In other words, it is a little tougher to manufacture space than a normal football setting, and Samuel is a player who thrives in space. Everything was set up to antithesize Samuel’s skill set. Samuel knew it, too, and was prepared. During Samuel’s podium session on media night, I asked Samuel if the simple rules of the Senior Bowl brought a disadvantage for him during the week. “I would say it kinda does, but then again it doesn’t. [The restrictions] just show that you are able to do multiple things,” Samuel said. And boy, did Samuel show what he could do on Day One. It mattered not that Samuel could not do some of the gadget-y, Golden Tate-type stuff he does on film. Against a field of Senior Bowl cornerbacks all 6-foot and larger, Samuel flashed the craftiness to keep himself clean going through his route stem and abuse his take off speed to separate from the competition. Moving vertically or horizontally, or stopping altogether on a timing route, Samuel had little issue besting the defensive backs across from him. Oddly enough, the seemingly do-it-all Samuel has one generally unexplored talent: punt returning. Throughout his career at South Carolina, Samuel returned four kickoffs for touchdowns, two of which were his only two return attempts as a junior before a leg injury cut his year short. Samuel’s combination of speed and natural feel for space made him a nasty kick return threat, but he was seemingly dog-housed from punt returning after a folly during his sophomore season. “My sophomore year I dropped a punt and ever since then they didn’t put me back there. I just specialized being a kick returner,” Samuel said of his short stint as a punt returner. Samuel seemed as amused as anyone at the idea of being dog-housed as a punt returner despite being a deadly kick returner. The speed, return experience, and willingness is all there, but one muffed punt at 19-years-old nixed his days as a punt returner. With a more open-minded and coaching staff, Samuel could get his chance to get his feet wet as a punt returner again, and it would only be a disservice to the 49ers staff if they did not get Samuel more reps as a punt returner in practices this week and in the game. Whether Samuel gets more of that opportunity is to be seen (only by NFL teams on Day Two, unfortunately), but Samuel solidified his status here early. Samuel gave a first impression that screamed he was not versatile for lack of a true home at wide receiver Reuben Foster Jersey , but because he is a true wide receiver and more. For teams not bound to rigid wide receiver roles, Samuel is the chameleon to slide in and blend into any scheme. Who To Keep An Eye OnNasir Adderley, S, Delaware: Though there were a few small-school stars coming into Mobile, Adderley was a class above the rest on film. At Delaware, Adderley could play anywhere in the secondary and displayed insane range on the backend. Adderley’s ability to read what was in front of him and be a step ahead of it was fantastic. Unfortunately, his first day in Mobile crushed any notion of versatility. Adderley could not match up in man and his click-and-close ability in the short area was strangely poor for most of the day. Given his raw talent and excellent career at Delaware, there is plenty of reason to believe Adderley will bounce back by the end of the week, but he should be tracked closely to see if he can flash the versatility he is known for. Darnell Savage, DB, Maryland: This year’s cornerback crop is almost exclusively made up of 6-foot-plus guys. There are few capable nickel players in Mobile this year, but Savage is the clear exception. As mentioned after yesterday’s practice, Savage was the only guy capable of giving Andy Isabella trouble. Savage can be a versatile player, but his best role may be to stick in the nickel. K’Waun Williams needs to go and Savage could be a viable replacement. Jakobi Meyers, WR, North Carolina State: Every Senior Bowl has a receiver that generates a “who the hell is that guy” reaction because they are constantly flying by people down the field. Yesterday, that was Meyers. No matter what drill or position group you were trying to focus on at a given time, you knew when Meyers had cooked some poor defensive back because it was clear even from a glance. If he keeps that up, Meyers could match the likes of Samuel and Isabella as the “favorites” from the week. Deshaun Davis, LB, Auburn: Davis is a bulldog. Not only is that true of his play style, but at 5-foot-11 and 231 pounds, Davis rocks a short, compact build for a linebacker. Compared to the taller linebackers like Germaine Pratt and Cameron Smith, Davis may not get the same benefit of doubt, but he has all the tools to prove himself despite being on the shorter end for a linebacker.

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