Jimmy Garoppolo: 4-week progress report for 49ers quarterback

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Garoppolo has done a modestly better job cutting down on the turnovers, although the evidence suggests he’s been more lucky than necessarily good. His red-zone prowess, and the team’s for that matter, is up there towards the top, though, so that helps make up for the accuracy shortcomings to an extent.

But some worrisome trends on third down and on passes down the field, which may never improve with him turning 30 years old later this season, showcase why San Francisco went all-in on the Trey Lance selection.

Simply put, Garoppolo still very much is the same kind of quarterback he was in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, shortcomings and injury concerns mixed in there.

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There have also been hot spells and cold spells, too, such as Garoppolo’s first drive of Week 4 against the Seahawks, which was followed by inefficient efforts under center thereafter. In Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers, Garoppolo and the offense got off to a slow start, trailing 17-0, before Lance came in briefly and helped spark a comeback, which Garoppolo certainly assisted with in the second half, too.

All told, though, Garoppolo still has his faults, only some of which may be modestly improved upon.

If the decision about his starter’s status is already made, and Lance is the guy, Garoppolo may never get the chance for the rest of the year anyway.

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