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SANTA CLARA , Calif. (AP) — 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 Aaron’s 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 Brady’s teammate on the Patriots and has been spending time working on his mechanics all offseason as he comes back from season-ending knee surgery.“We’re 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, we’re sticking to mechanics and the basics. That’s what quarterbacking comes down to. You have to be really good with the basics and do them over and over again. It’s good to get someone with as much experience as Tom.“It’s nice to have him see you throw and see if he has any little things to fix up or anything you haven’t 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 Khari Willis Jersey , 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 year’s 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.“I’m trying to pick up their mannerisms, what motivates them, all those things,” Garoppolo said. “There’s a million different things that go into it. It’s exciting. This time of year, with only a couple of weeks until training camp, it’s 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. That’s kind of the nature of the beast when it comes to football. But that’s the exciting part of it.”When he’s not working on football this offseason, Garoppolo has also been spending time on community service. He’s teamed up with Men’s 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.Men’s 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. It’s similar to football in the respect that it’s kind of that ‘feel good, play good mentality.’ You want to make a good first impression. That’s how the whole thing got started.” SANTA CLARA Josh Allen Jersey , Calif. (AP) — After only two wide receivers went in the first 35 picks, the San Francisco 49ers had plenty to choose from when it came time to make their second-round selection.They opted to go for a player they had some familiarity with after coaching him in the Senior Bowl, selecting South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel with the 36th overall selection in the NFL draft. They added another receiver when they selected Baylor’s Jalen Hurd in the third round with the 67th pick Friday.Only two receivers went in the first round with Baltimore taking Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown 25th overall and New England using the 32nd pick on Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry. No receivers went in the first three picks in the second round before the Niners pounced on Samuel to replace the departed Pierre Garcon.“It hurts for people to tackle him,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It doesn’t hurt him as bad. That’s a physical receiver, to me, and a big guy and when you have the hands like that and you have the speed. We’re not playing basketball. We’re not just trying to throw alley-oops under the back board and post people up and box them out and stuff. We want guys to separate, to get the ball in the hand and run.”Samuel had 62 catches for 882 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for South Carolina and is also skilled as a returner with four kick return touchdowns in his career with the Gamecocks. He has experience playing both outside and in the slot and excels with his ability to run after the catch. He forced 21 missed tackles last season, according to Pro Football Focus.“Me personally, I just feel like you’ve got to have that dog in you,” Samuel said. “Having that mindset, not one person is going to bring you down , and you’re going to make every catch that’s thrown your way.”Hurd spent three seasons as a running back at Tennessee before transferring to Baylor and changing positions. He had 69 catches for 946 yards and four TDs last season. He had multiple shoulder surgeries in college and also had minor knee surgery last year.Shanahan said Hurd is versatile enough to be drafted as a receiver, running back or tight end.“That’s a pretty unique thing to have,” Shanahan said. “I don’t remember being able to say that about any player I’ve studied before. So, it’s neat to be able to do that and he can help us out in a lot of different ways.”Samuel and Hurd join last year’s second-round pick Dante Pettis and speedster Marquise Goodwin as San Francisco’s top receivers. The team also signed Jordan Matthews in free agency and brings back Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor and Richie James among others.The 49ers’ second-round pick was announced by DeMarcus Cobb, the son of late 49ers scout Reggie Cobb, who died last Saturday at the age of 50. There was a moment of silence to honor Reggie Cobb before the pick was made.San Francisco used its first-round pick to bolster the edge rush, taking Ohio State’s Nick Bosa second overall.Bosa, the brother of Chargers star Joey Bosa, had 17 1/2 sacks and 29 tackles for loss in 30 games with the Buckeyes. He played in only three games last year before suffering a core muscle injury that required season-ending surgery.Bosa will team with recently acquired Dee Ford to give the Niners two potent edge rushers to help upgrade a defense that set an NFL record for futility with only seven takeaways last season.Bosa was asked again about his social-media history that included some Twitter messages that he deleted that could be considered racist and homophobic. He apologized for one that called former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick a “clown” shortly after he began his protest of racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.“It wasn’t directed toward that,” he said. “It’s not like I’m saying his stance and what he was doing Josh Oliver Jersey , that’s not what I was calling or talking about at all. It was just me, a specific thing that happened and me as a young kid, a thought popping into my head and boom, decided to tweet it out. Bad, bad decision. I respect what he’s done. If it empowers anybody, then he’s doing a good thing. I apologize for that.”The 49ers have three picks Saturday, coming at No. 104, 176 and 212 overall.