The uncertainty around Jimmy Garoppolo’s future this offseason left the quarterback figuratively and literally on the sidelines for much of the preseason until a deal was finally struck to be the backup to Trey Lance.
That lasted just one week, and despite missing significant time in the offseason, Garoppolo has played well enough to have the 49ers at 5-4 and second place in the NFC West.
Of course, there were no doubts among his teammates that he would fit seamlessly back into the picture.
“Not surprised at all,” Deebo Samuel said on Tuesday during an appearance on CBS Sports Radio’s “Maggie and Perloff.”
“I’ve been with Jimmy the last four years and everybody around here knows what Jimmy is capable of,” he continued. “Nobody wanted to see Trey go down. It kinda took the life out of us for a minute but in this league it’s next man up. … Jimmy’s been here for a while so we knew what we were getting. I feel like Jimmy did it the right way, he approached it the right way and continued to be the same guy throughout the process.”
In eight games this year, seven as the starter, Garoppolo has 11 touchdown passes to four interceptions. He’s completed 66.8% of his pass attempts and has thrown for 1,931 yards. Those are similar numbers he posted through his first eight games last season, when the 49ers reached the NFC Championship Game.
Garoppolo is certainly boosted by a strong supporting cast which got even better in recent weeks when they traded for Christian McCaffrey — adding the running back to an offense that already consisted of Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle.
“[Look at] ] how much fire power we have on this offense,” Samuel said. “Once we get everything moving in the way we want to, it’s gonna get real crazy because you’re not gonna know who to guard or where the ball is going. All 11 guys out there … all the guys out there are able to take a slant to the house you just gotta keep your eyes open.”