Photo credit: Dustin Bradford
Author: Michael Scott
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Last September, Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in the third week of what was supposed to be his first full season as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. After nearly a year off rehabilitating the injury, it’s clear Jimmy has yet to dust the cobwebs off and needs to see more action to round himself into game shape.
The 49ers’ Monday night victory (25-14) against the Denver Broncos was overshadowed by an extremely underwhelming effort by Garoppolo. He played two series, finishing the night with a stat line where he went 1-6 in passing for 0 yards, as well as throwing an interception and having a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage.
Prior to last season, the 49ers signed Garoppolo to a 5 year/$137M contract. With that type of commitment comes high expectations, as the QB is expected to be the next great signal-caller following the likes of two Pro Football Hall-of-Famers, Joe Montana and Steve Young.
Maybe it’s too early to tell whether Garoppolo will live up to the hype, or if San Francisco got ahead of themselves with his past successes being nothing more than a small sample-sized teaser.
His poor performance last night may have raised some red-flags out in California, but it’s important to understand the guy has been laid-off for nearly twelve months. Jimmy needs to not worry and walk to the maintenance shed at camp to grab some degreaser and a wire brush so he can scrub off the rust.
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Jimmy Garoppolo records an awful passer rating in the 49ers 25-14 win over the Broncos.