49ers GM updates rehab progress for QB Jimmy Garoppolo, RB Jerick McKinnon

The 49ers seemed poised for a breakout season in 2018. They had a freshly signed franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo and a free agent running back to balance their attack.

But RB Jerick McKinnon tore his ACL before the campaign began, and Garoppolo suffered the same injury Week 3 against the Chiefs. San Francisco finished with a 4-12 record.

General manager John Lynch updated the rehab process of both players from Mobile, Ala., where the 49ers coaching staff is getting a close look at some of the best NFL prospects in the country.

“I know that both their rehabs are going exceptionally well,” Lynch said, according to The Mercury News’ Matt Schneidman. “Neither have had any setbacks in terms of swelling or anything like that … They’re really relying on each other.”

Both players should be ready for training camp, per Schneidman.

The 49ers didn’t get their money’s worth in 2018 with Garoppolo — he signed a five year, $137 million contract before the season began, after looking good in limited action in 2017. His cap number was an incredible $37 million last year, per spotrac, but his salary will go down to $19 million in 2019.

San Francisco is counting on Garoppolo to be their franchise quarterback and leader, so it’s a must that his rebab goes smoothly. McKinnon, whose rehab is ahead of schedule, per Schneidman, will also be counted on heavily. They’re not back yet, however, so this is a situation to keep an eye on.

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Report: 49ers hire ex-Broncos DC to lead secondary

The 49ers will bring former Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods to San Francisco to join their coaching staff, according to a report from NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.

Woods would work under current 49ers defensive coordinator, Robert Saleh, as the defensive passing game coordinator, per the report. Saleh will enter his third season as the defensive signal caller for San Francisco.

The 48-year-old Woods was the Broncos’ defensive backs coach in Denver before becoming the defensive coordinator, which he’s been for the last two seasons. He’s also coached defensive backs for the Buccaneers, Vikings and Raiders. The 49ers’ previous such coach, Jeff Hafley, left the club to help run The Ohio State University’s defense.

Woods and Saleh have some work to do. The 49ers had just two interceptions from the defense in 2018, setting an NFL record. Nothing went right after franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL early in the campaign. With some more balance on the squad, Woods should have no problem increasing the number of interceptions for the 49ers in 2019.