DENVER, CO – AUGUST 19: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 19, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
No. 5: Jimmy Garoppolo Left Much to Be Desired
Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers franchise quarterback, saw his first game action in nearly 11 months on Monday night in the team’s win at Denver.
In a word, his play was, bad. He played three series and ended the night 1-of-6 with zero yards. He also threw an interception to Broncos cornerback Isaac Yiadom on an ill-advised pass to wide receiver Marquise Goodwin..
Yes, it was Garoppolo’s first snaps since September of last year. As such, he looked skittish and completely uncomfortable in the pocket. Of course, the 49ers trotting out of offensive line that was ripe for the picking didn’t help matters.
The 49ers have some issues when it comes to the men who will be tasked with protecting Garoppolo. This game did little to ease the minds of coaches and fans alike. The quarterback was never able to get into a rhythm as he was constantly under pressure.
One would have thought Kyle Shanahan might have given Garoppolo more opportunities passing the ball. If the coach’s only goal was to get his signal-caller a number of snaps in an actual game, then mission accomplished. More will certainly be expected from the quarterback in Week 3, as the 49ers travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs.