Jimmy Garoppolo explains ill-advised preseason throws: ‘You try things like that’

Jimmy Garoppolo has been criticized for his decision-making on certain throws during the 2019 preseason, but the 49ers quarterback says the risk-taking is by design.

Speaking on KNBR’s “Tolbert, Krueger and Brooks” podcast Wednesday, Garoppolo said he uses practices and the preseason to test throws he wouldn’t normally make in a regular-season game.

“A big part of that is it still being preseason, or in practice, you try things like that,” he said. “You know, during a real game, you wouldn’t make that throw or that decision, but there’s a trust factor between quarterback and … whoever’s catching the ball.”

Host Tom Tolbert specifically asked Garoppolo about a throw against the Kansas City Chiefs where he tried to find second-year receiver Dante Pettis in triple coverage.

“The more you try those things, you see who’s going to make the play for you in a crucial situation,” Garoppolo explained. “If you put it in a good spot for them to make a play, you expect them to make a play. They expect you to give them a chance to make play, so I think it works both ways.”

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During the 49ers’ game against the Denver Broncos in the prior week, Garoppolo was intercepted on his second throw of the game by cornerback Isaac Yiadom after trying to force the ball to receiver Marquise Goodwin.

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He was nearly intercepted later on when once again tried to force the ball into a window that had already closed.

Garoppolo did not throw any interceptions the following week against the Chiefs.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE staff writer. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting

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