49ers notes: Garoppolo learns from nine-snap stint in preseason opener

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ first exhibition game served its purpose for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garoppolo was off target — way off target, in fact — on half of his six pass attempts. But Garoppolo was anything but discouraged after his nine snaps under center produced a couple of first downs but ended with a punt.

“Obviously, there’s always things that we can improve on,” Garoppolo said after the 49ers’ 24-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday night.

“It’s good seeing different looks from a different defense than our own, seeing how plays play out against them versus what we’re used to seeing. So there’s always stuff to learn.”

Garoppolo completed three of his six pass attempts for 34 yards, including an 18-yarder to Marquise Goodwin on a third-and-10 play. He also misfired on two other throws intended for Goodwin and overthrew tight end George Kittle on a deep seam route.

“(Those are) just different things that we’re not used to throwing,” Garoppolo said. “Just kind of try some new things. That’s what preseason is for, to see what works and see what doesn’t and move on from there.”

Mullens Magic Time

Quarterback Nick Mullens remained on the 49ers’ practice squad all of last season after arriving as an undrafted rookie from Southern Mississippi. He never got the call-up to the 53-man squad.

On Thursday, he had

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