Healed arm is much more important than camp performance for Brock Purdy

San Francisco 49ers Training Camp
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Brock Purdy enters training camp as the presumptive starting quarterback after a glittering rookie campaign. He hasn't had a fast start, but fans shouldn't be discouraged by that so early in the preseason.

With training camp underway, one of the better stories to emerge was quarterback Brock Purdy fully healthy and ready to throw after taking the first day of camp off.

While there were some concerns that he could miss some time given how tricky it can be to recover from a torn elbow, Purdy has proven himself stout and ready to go.

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Purdy had his first days throwing on Day 2 and Day 3 of camp and raw stats wouldn't make for the best reading. Sports Illustrated reporter Grant Cohn might be polarizing for some readers, but he's one of the best sources when it comes to preseason and he had Purdy throwing for 2-for-9 passing and an interception on Day 2 and 6-for-11 passing on Day 3.

A combined 8-for-20 passing and an interception. Not the best stat you're going to read all day, but at the same time no cause for panic.

Purdy has plenty of time to get in sync with his receivers, the more important test that was awaiting him was whether or not his elbow could handle the rigor of training. The good news is he passed that test, and the zip he had on the ball for the first few days looks completely like it was last season.

That's step one out of the way, and fans can feel encouraged that Purdy looks completely back to normal. Now the goal for the rest of the camp will be for Purdy to regain his accuracy and the rapport he had last season with his receivers, before navigating his way through the preseason games and finally to Week 1 when the 49ers open the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 10 at Acrisure Stadium.

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