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Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert was with the San Francisco 49ers from 2016-2021, so it certainly caused quite a stir when he made comments that seemed to criticize his former team.

During an interview with NFL reporter Tyler Dunne, Mostert said “we’ve got a lot more talent here” and noted that the Dolphins “have a quarterback that can actually hurl it” regarding Tua Tagovailoa.

This last comment in particular could easily be understood as a criticism of Jimmy Garoppolo.

But on Tuesday he tried to cover his comments during an interview with KNBR’s Greg Papa and FP Santangelo (h/t Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group) with Sunday’s upcoming game between the 49ers and the Dolphins.

“I can see how that can be misconstrued, taking snippets of what a person said and changing it to just seem relevant since I’m on a different team,” Mostert said. “That’s not what I meant.”

Mostert also highlighted the two quotes that stood out the most and provided an explanation for each.

“Regarding ‘we have more talent here,’ I was talking about we have more talent here now than we have in the past,” he said. “…Come on, I was with the Niners for several years. I know what their talent is, there is incredible talent on both sides of the ball and on special teams. I didn’t try to shoot anyone.”

He also said his comments were more about Tagovailoa’s growth than criticism of Garoppolo.

“When I was asked those questions, I looked at it as what Tua has done and what Tua has dealt with in the past,” Mostert said. “…A lot of people doubt him and his abilities, not the fact that Jimmy G can’t hurl the rock or something. I would never, never in a million years, badmouth a player, a guy in particular like Jimmy did, simply because we grew together when I was there. His family is like my family. I was at his brother’s wedding. His sister-in-law and my wife are best friends.”

Mostert’s best season with the 49ers came in 2019 when he helped lead them to the Super Bowl by rushing for 772 yards and eight touchdowns during the regular season. He also added 180 yards and two points on the ground as a versatile playmaker from the backfield.

However, injuries limited him to eight games in 2020 and one game in 2021 as he became a less important part of the running backs space.

The 49ers didn’t re-sign him this past offseason, and he joined the Dolphins on a one-year deal. In 10 games he has 543 rushing yards, 119 receiving yards and four total touchdowns.

There are many ties between the two teams as Dolphins running back Jeff Wilson Jr. is also a former 49ers player who was traded to Miami this season. The backfield duo will look to best their former team and stay out of the headlines when it comes to inflammatory comments.

Otherwise further clarifications may be necessary.

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