49ers roster bubble after beating Packers: Quarterback
Lock: Trey Lance, Nate Sudfeld
Strong bubble: Brock Purdy*
Weak bubble: None
Long shot: Jimmy Garoppolo
Let’s get this out of the way: San Francisco wants to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and stop fooling yourself if you think otherwise. Kyle Shanahan has openly said it, as has general manager John Lynch.
The only thing remaining is for a trade to materialize. And if one doesn’t, the 49ers will release Garoppolo at the last moment possible to prevent a grabbing team from having enough time to integrate him into the offense by the start of the regular season.
Trey Lance had his spotlight moment, hitting Danny Gray for that long touchdown while finishing two series by going 4-of-5 for 92 yards, 7 yards rushing and a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
Not to be outdone, backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld’s 39-yard touchdown strike to Ray-Ray McCloud was a refreshing sight to see, even if there are no doubts about Sudfeld’s roster spot. $2 million fully guaranteed reasons, being precise there.
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Brock Purdy, meanwhile, jumped up a class from the weak bubble to the strong bubble, thanks to his fourth-quarter prowess and being able to deliver a game-winning touchdown throw while evading pressure and extending the play. His tacking on a two-point conversion toss also boosts stock value, too.
Even though it might not be quite enough to save a roster spot, further performances like that one over the final two preseason games could make things interesting if the Niners don’t want to risk losing Purdy by waiving him to the practice squad.