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SANTA CLARA Joey Bosa Jersey , Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo is going to summer school before starting training camp with the San Francisco 49ers.Garoppolo is spending part of his down time between the end of minicamp and the start of training camp on July 27 working in Southern California with quarterback guru Tom House.House is a former major league pitcher and pitching coach perhaps most famous for catching Hank Aarons record-breaking 715th career homer in the Atlanta Braves bullpen in 1974. But in recent years, House has run a quarterback academy in Huntington Beach called 3DQB where he helps passers refine their throwing mechanics.House has worked with several star quarterbacks over the years, including Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Carson Palmer. Garoppolo met House during his time in New England as Bradys teammate on the Patriots and has been spending time working on his mechanics all offseason as he comes back from season-ending knee surgery.Were trying to implement drills as close to game-like situations as you could get to, Garoppolo said in a phone interview last week.At the same time, were sticking to mechanics and the basics. Thats what quarterbacking comes down to. You have to be really good with the basics and do them over and over again. Its good to get someone with as much experience as Tom.Its nice to have him see you throw and see if he has any little things to fix up or anything you havent thought about that he thinks can help you. Quarterback is a very unique position and a lot goes into it. There are a lot of moving pieces.The extra work this offseason is important for Garoppolo, who played just three games all last season before tearing his ACL and has just 10 career starts in five NFL seasons.Garoppolo showed plenty of promise after arriving in San Francisco in a trade with the Patriots midway through the 2017 season. He stepped in after a few weeks and won all five starts, earning a five-year, $137.5 million contract to stay off the free-agent market.Garoppolo completed less than 60 percent of his passes in his three starts last season and saw his yards per attempt drop, while his sack and interception rates went up.Now the Niners hope he can regain his form from 2017 with help from an overhauled group of receivers, including second-round receiver Deebo Samuel, third-rounder Jalen Hurd and veteran Jordan Matthews.San Francisco also signed running back Tevin Coleman and will have a healthy Jerick McKinnon after last years big free-agent acquisition missed all of 2018 with a major knee injury.Some of those players are spending time with Garoppolo this summer and he plans to get a big group together in Santa Clara before the start of training camp in order to build up a rapport as quickly as possible.Im trying to pick up their mannerisms, what motivates them Tony Pollard Jersey , all those things, Garoppolo said. Theres a million different things that go into it. Its exciting. This time of year, with only a couple of weeks until training camp, its grind time.Chemistry comes with experience and practice reps. A guy can be last on the totem pole but if he starts making plays day after day he can move up quickly. Thats kind of the nature of the beast when it comes to football. But thats the exciting part of it.When hes not working on football this offseason, Garoppolo has also been spending time on community service. Hes teamed up with Mens Wearhouse as part of a Suit Drive this month, where the clothing store distributes gently used professional attire to people looking to re-enter the workplace through job readiness programs.Mens Wearhouse has collected more than 2 million items of clothing for men and women over 11 years of the program.I thought it was just a cool opportunity, Garoppolo said. I always try to find ways that somehow relate to football. The Suit Drive puts people in a successful situation and helps them look good for the opportunity they get. Its similar to football in the respect that its kind of that feel good, play good mentality. You want to make a good first impression. Thats how the whole thing got started. With where both the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks sit in the NFC standings, Monday nights matchup might as well carry a playoff title.NFC play-in game? NFC elimination game?I think going on the road with that crowd and the type of football team that they are, I think yeah, a little bit. These next four games will determine what we do and where we go and how we perform in the clutch. Yeah, I guess you could say that, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.More Vikings coveragePhotos of the Week: 7/21/19 7/27/19Rookie Bradbury is central figure to Vikings overhauled offensive lineVikings depth at cornerback being tested, Hughes still not clearedPlayers to watch at Minnesota Vikings 2019 training campTop Tweets: Vikings WR Diggs makes push for All-NFL Style TeamThe Seahawks (7-5) host the Vikings (6-5-1) in a meeting filled with playoff implications. The Seahawks wont be able to catch the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West Noah Fant Jersey , but their three-game win streak has them sitting in the No. 5 spot in the NFC playoff picture going into the final quarter of the season, with three of their final four games at home.Its far from a foregone conclusion Seattle is headed to the postseason after missing the playoffs last year. But a win over the Vikings would be a huge step in locking up a postseason berth.Keeping your head down and grinding is really what its all about at this point, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. Were upbeat and were positive. We know that we can win every game and were going out to get that done.If the Vikings want a chance at catching Chicago in the NFC North race, a win in Seattle is almost a must. Far easier said than done, especially when it comes to night games. Seattle is 15-2 at home in Thursday, Sunday or Monday night games dating to Carrolls arrival in 2010.Minnesota is currently in the No. 6 spot in the NFC and its tie earlier this season against Green Bay could end up being a hindrance or a benefit. The Vikings are a half-game ahead of Philadelphia, Washington and Carolina entering the week.Its big. Its very big. Its a road game. We want to go out there and put a full game together as a whole team on the road, Vikings RB Dalvin Cook said. This is another game to go out there and do that to show that were still in this thing. Were still fighting. Weve got to just put it together.Heres what else to watch as the teams face for the first time since the 2015 NFC wild-card game:10<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Top Tweets: Vote for Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph in #WPMOYChallenge!RUSSELLS ROLLIs anyone going to be able to slow down the efficiency of Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson?Through 12 games, Wilson has 29 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Hes thrown at least two TD passes in eight straight games and 11 of 12 this season. Last week against San Francisco, Wilson had three touchdowns passes on four completions in the first half.And its not just underneath throws or short passes that are turning into touchdowns. Wilson has six TD tosses of 30 or more yards.He is moving around a little bit. The guys take off. They are second in the league in red-zone touchdown percentage, Zimmer said. A lot of that has been obviously they run the ball well. He moves in the pocket and guys get open. Theyve had some guys where they had been pretty open, too.PLAYING CATCHMinnesotas Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are the only receiver duo in the NFC each with more than 80 catches. Thielen has 98 receptions and Diggs has 84. Theyll be facing a pass defense that has been struggling of late, allowing 315 yards per game passing over the past three weeks.REVENGE GAMERevenge might be a strong word, but Minnesota defensive tackles Sheldon Richardson and Tom Johnson might have a little bit more incentive for the game. Richardson played for Seahawks last season before signing with Minnesota in free agency. Seattle couldnt match the money offered by the Vikings Dalton Risner Jersey , so Richardson found a new home in Minnesota.Johnsons situation is a bit stranger. He signed as a free agent with Seattle during the offseason with the intent of being part of the defensive line rotation. He started Week 1 with Seattle, then was released before the Week 2 game at Chicago because of Seattles need for a roster spot. The Seahawks believed they would be able to re-sign him the following week, but Johnson chose to return to Minnesota and rejoin the Vikings, the team he had spent the previous four seasons with.Johnson has played in nine games with the Vikings and has 3 ½ sacks.7<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Upon Further Review: Vikings at PatriotsWINNING RECORDCarroll already owns the team record for most victories, regular season and playoffs combined. He can claim the franchise record for most regular-season wins with his next victory. Carroll is currently tied with Mike Holmgren for the top spot with 86 regular-season wins.Asked if he had a regular season win that stuck out, Carroll immediately went to a 2012 overtime victory at Chicago. It was the start of a five-game win streak to close the regular season that got Seattle into the playoffs.We havent been the same since, Carroll said.MINNESOTA (6-5-1) at SEATTLE (7-5)Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST, ESPNOPENING LINE Seahawks by 2 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD Minnesota 6-5-1, Seattle 7-3-2SERIES RECORD Seahawks lead 10-5LAST MEETING Seahawks beat Vikings 10-9 in NFC playoffs, Jan. 10, 2016LAST WEEK Vikings lost to Patriots 24-10; Seahawks beat 49ers 43-16AP PRO32 RANKING Vikings No. 11, Seahawks No. 9VIKINGS OFFENSE OVERALL (16), RUSH (30) Drew Lock Jersey , PASS (7).VIKINGS DEFENSE OVERALL (6), RUSH (7), PASS (9).SEAHAWKS OFFENSE OVERALL (19), RUSH (1), PASS (26).SEAHAWKS DEFENSE OVERALL (19T), RUSH (17), PASS (19).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES Fourth straight season Seahawks playing at home on Monday night. Seahawks 24-5-1 in Thursday, Sunday or Monday night games since 2010. First meeting since 2015 NFC wild-card game in Minnesota, third-coldest game in league history. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins leads NFL with 350 completions, ,ranks sixth with 3,490 yards passing. Cousins has second-most yards passing through 12 games in franchise history (Warren Moon, 3 http://www.cardinalscheapstore.com/zach-allen-jersey-cheap ,511 in 1994). RB Dalvin Cook had career-high eight receptions last week. WR Adam Thielen leads NFL with 98 catches, second in yards with 1,166, tied for fifth in TDs with nine. Hes caught TD in five of past six road games. Thielens 98 receptions third most in league history through 12 games. Thielen and WR Stefon Diggs only pair of teammates in NFC with 80 or more receptions. DE Danielle Hunter tied for third in NFC with 11 ½ sacks. Hunter also has 16 tackles for loss, second in NFC. LB Eric Kendricks had career-high 16 tackles vs. Patriots. He has at least seven tackles in five straight games. Harrison Smith one of two safeties in league with three sacks and three interceptions. Vikings have allowed just six run plays of 15 yards or more, tied for fewest in NFL. Opponents converting 29.9 percent of third downs vs. Vikings, lowest in NFL. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has 29 touchdowns and five interceptions through 12 games. He has thrown at least two touchdowns in eight straight outings. Wilson has 16 touchdowns and two interceptions in Monday night games. Seahawks leading NFL averaging 148.8 yards per game rushing. They have rushed for at least 150 yards in seven of past eight games and had more rushing yards than passing in four of those games. WR Tyler Lockett averaging 16.2 yards per reception, fifth in NFL. His career-high nine touchdowns include 52-yarder on only reception last week. WR Jaron Brown had first two-touchdown game of career last week. He has five TD catches on just 11 receptions. WR Doug Baldwin had two TD catches in last regular-season game vs. Vikings. DT Jarran Reed has 4 ½ sacks in past five home games. DE Frank Clark has team-high 10 sacks but none in past two weeks. .. LB Bobby Wagner had 12 tackles, sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and 98-yard interception return touchdown last week. It was first pick-6 of career. Wagner has eight or more tackles in six straight games. Fantasy tip: Seattles pass defense has been struggling of late, allowing 315 yards per game over past four. Cousins, Thielen and Diggs are all good plays this week.
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