SANTA CLARA — Rejoice, 49ers fans, as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo reported for Monday’s start of the offseason program. The team’s social-media crew shrewdly paparazzied his arrival, all of which allows us to have some fun over-analyzing it.
The 49ers sure could use a positive distraction amid the developing saga of linebacker Reuben Foster, who won’t attend at least the start of the offseason workouts while out on bail after last week’s felony charges of domestic violence and weapons possession.
I’m hearing all other 49ers reported Monday, including three who could be in line for a new contract: offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown, and defensive back Jimmie Ward.
Garoppolo has a proven history of bringing a positive light when things look bleak for the 49ers (see: 5-0 finish to 2017 season). So, on that note, here are 10 over-hyped takeaways from Garoppolo’s arrival Monday at 49ers HQ:
1. His 10-yard dash: The 49ers’ Instagram story shows Garoppolo taking 10 paces (OK, more like 9 3/4). His time: 5.6 seconds. He looked left, straight ahead, panned down, left again, then straight. That’s midseason form keeping his head on a swivel!
2. Shoe check: My preliminary screenshot of Garoppolo came with his bright-white, Jordan sneakers cropped out of the picture. After clamoring from my Twitter followers and after further inspection, I re-cropped the photo to include what apparently are the “Air Jordan 3 Retro” collection. (Personal note: I sold the original Air Jordan III while working at a Cupertino shoe store in high school in the late 1980s, between my gigs at Deep Cliff Golf Course and the Cupertino Courier.)
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3. GQ look: Garoppolo’s 5-o’clock-shadow beard was on its game by 9:30 a.m. It’s a look I can’t pull off, though I’m pretty confident I, too, can walk the catwalk in a long-sleeved, grey T-shirt with jeans. (By the way, Garoppolo went with a similar T-shirt/jeans ensemble when he arrived Oct. 31 upon his trade here.)
4. Celek Time: Garoppolo escorted Garrett Celek through the players’ parking lot. You’ll recall Garoppolo helped fuel “Celek Time” last season by completing nine passes to the veteran tight end in the final five games, including a 61-yard touchdown at Houston and …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports