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December 3, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory - Comments are closed

Jimmy Garoppolo Set to Start for 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo will make his first start as a member of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday when his team takes on the struggling Chicago Bears. The 49ers traded a 2nd round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the New England Patriots to acquire Garoppolo last month. Upper management of the 1-10 49ers was hesitant to commit to playing Garoppolo at all this season, but a leg injury to quarterback C.J. Beathard in last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks forced their hand. Garoppolo was only in the game for the end of the fourth quarter, but he went 2-2 for 18 yards and threw a touchdown.

Jimmy Garoppolo
Beathard is actually cleared to play this week against the Bears, but he will serve as the backup to Garoppolo. The 49ers are eager to see what Garoppolo can do for their offense, which has struggled all season. While this isn’t Garoppolo’s first start as an NFL quarterback (he started three games last season for the New England Patriots while Tom Brady was suspended), it is a homecoming of sorts. Garoppolo grew up in Rolling Meadows, Ill. and played college football at Eastern Illinois University. Garoppolo said he expects “a ton” of family and friends to be at the game in Chicago on Sunday.
“It’s exciting. It really is,” Garoppolo said. “I’ve got a lot of family and friends going [to the game]. They’re just as excited as I am. It’s going to be a fun opportunity.”

The 49ers coaching staff is confident in Garoppolo and his abilities, and although the team is well out of a playoff race, they are excited to see how the young quarterback performs on Sunday.

“He’s an impressive thrower,” 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He’s got a lot of quick twitch in his body and he can get rid of the ball fast. Plus there’s a lot of zip on the ball. … I really enjoyed how he played the position.”

Garoppolo may have less of a challenge against the Bears compared to other NFL teams because of the long list of injuries Chicago has suffered this season. Bears safety Adrian Amos was injured last week and the team had to sign free agent safety Chris Prosinski just to fill the roster. Still, the Bears defense is ranked 13th overall this year, so they haven’t been all bad. This week is a huge proving ground for Garoppolo, who looks to break out in front of family and friends in Chicago.

Categories: New Era: SF 49ers

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