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QB Jimmy Garoppolo - San Francisco 49ers

6-2, 226Born: 11-2-1991College: Eastern IllinoisDrafted: Round 2

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General News (Mon Jan 15): will be given the franchise tag if a long-term contract is not reached by March 6, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, but Maiocco is confident the two sides will agree to a long-term deal.

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
16 vs JAX 68 21 30 242 2 1 3 3 1 0 25.4
17 at LAR 64 20 33 292 2 2 2 -1 0 0 20.5

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 17 vs LAR (20 / 33 / 292 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

This was Garoppolo's worst performance since becoming San Francisco's starter. Both interceptions were his fault: One was an underthrow across the middle, while the other was an overthrew across the middle. In addition, Garoppolo missed several open receivers, including short-arming Louis Murphy, who was completely uncovered 20 yards downfield with room to run. All of that said, Garoppolo *still* threw for nearly 300 yards and 8.8 yards per attempt, avoided sacks, and led the 49ers to a three-score victory. Granted this came against the Rams' backup defense, but the performance shows Garoppolo doesn't have to play his best game all game every game in order for his offense to function smoothly and effectively. It should also be noted that he was missing his favorite receiver, Marquise Goodwin, for the entire second half.

2017 Week 16 vs JAX (21 / 30 / 242 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 1 rush)

If you've been reading these recaps for the past few weeks, this performance by Garoppolo should be no surprise. Everything that's been mentioned -- pocket presence, anticipatory throws, and the dropping of dimes -- showed up against Jacksonville. As an example of his anticipatory throws, Garoppolo completed a 13-yard pass to tight end George Kittle across the middle by throwing the ball before Kittle had even made his inside break. Both of the other two attributes were on display on Garoppolo's touchdown pass to Trent Taylor on 3rd-and-goal from the 5-yard line. To get a better throwing lane, he rolled out left. In response, slot cornerback Aaron Colvin left his zone to attack a potential run. With Colvin bearing down on him (and ultimately delivering a hit), Garoppolo side-armed a high-velocity strike to Taylor so as to avoid Colvin's outstretched arms.

2017 Week 15 vs TEN (31 / 43 / 381 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

After the game, Titans cornerback Brice McCain said of Garoppolo's performance, "He didn't do anything special. He just threw to open guys." And you know what? He's not wrong: Over a quarter of Garoppolo's passing yardage came via receivers running wide open downfield. That said, although he may not have done anything "special," Garoppolo did do most everything in the job description well; certainly better than any 49ers quarterback in recent memory. As per usual, he was adept at hitting receivers in stride across the middle of the field. He also once again proved to be unfazed by the pass rush. If one had to point out a negative aspect of his performance, it would be that he overthrew Marquise Goodwin on two bombs, threw behind him twice on quick slants, and underthrew him to the point of near-interception on a deep out route.

2017 Week 14 vs HOU (20 / 33 / 334 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / -3 / 0 rush)

The one word that describes this performance by Garoppolo is "tough." Without Trent Brown at right tackle, Garoppolo was under constant pressure and taking repeated hits as he released the ball; typically by Jadeveon Clowney. Somehow, he still managed to deliver accurate downfield pass after accurate downfield pass -- even towards the sidelines. Two in particular you had to see to believe. On the first, he threaded a 30-yard pass to Kyle Juszczyk down the left sideline between two defenders while Clowney was taking his free shot at him. On the second, he hit Marquise Goodwin in stride on a deep out while getting hit -- illegally, it turned out -- by an unblocked Benardrick McKinney. The amazing thing about that throw was that Goodwin hadn't yet made his break toward the sideline when McKinney's hit arrived. Garoppolo just knew where Goodwin was supposed to be and threw it out there to him at the last possible second, trusting that he'd be there. It should be noted that Garoppolo did make a handful of ill-advised throws that could have been intercepted by better defenses. That said, at least they were downfield shots, not short out routes that can turn into pick-sixes.

2017 Week 13 vs CHI (26 / 37 / 293 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)

Garoppolo badly overthrew an open Louis Murphy in the middle of the field on his first pass. After that, however, he settled down and only made two more blatantly poor passes the rest of the game, overshooting Garrett Celek on a deep corner route and throwing behind Carlos Hyde on a Texas/angle route across the middle. Otherwise, Garoppolo displayed two major improvements over his predecessors at the position this season. First, he threw to the middle of the field comfortably, and therefore repeatedly. Second, and perhaps related, he handled pressure in the pocket with ease. On the rare Bears blitz, he identified it and threw to the vacated area (i.e., hot route). Other times, he escaped the pocket and rolled out to give himself more time and a larger throwing lane. And on one play in particular, he he held his ground in the face of the rush, and delivered a perfect pass to Murphy in between three defenders despite taking a big hit.

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Latest News

49ers | Long deal likely for Jimmy Garoppolo? (Sat Jan 13, 09:48 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo will be given the franchise tag if a long-term contract is not reached by March 6, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, but Maiocco is confident the two sides will agree to a long-term deal.

Our View: Garoppolo should become of the highest-paid players in the league after he closed the season with a five-game winning streak. Both sides will be happy to forge a long term deal with one of the highest guaranteed money numbers in league history.
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