Martellus Bennett calls out Jimmy Garoppolo for missing games in 2016


Martellus Bennett isn't afraid to tell it how he sees it.

Appearing on Devin and Jason McCourty's "Double Coverage" podcast this week, the former Patriots tight end called out his ex-teammate and current 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for missing the final two games of Tom Brady's suspension in 2016, with a shoulder injury that was reported as a sprained AC joint.

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"Bro, we lost two games [that season]," Bennett said, via NBC Sports Boston. "One of them was because Jimmy Garoppolo was being a [expletive]. He decided not to play right before the game. Jacoby (Brissett) came out and played with a [expletive] up thumb and played his heart out, but Jimmy was just being a [expletive] about it all.

"That's why he ... you can't win with a [expletive] for a quarterback, first of all. That was the whole thing with him: He didn't want to come out and do anything because his agent was trying to protect his body or some s--- like that. Which, I can't fault him for that. But like, you should have made that decision on Thursday. Now it's Sunday.

"So anyways, he's not going out there, so now Jacoby straps up and we lost to the Buffalo Bills. We shouldn't have lost. It was just last-minute, trying to make adjustments for what Jacoby could do."

That's a harsh assessment from a former teammate.

Garoppolo joined the 49ers in 2017 and has been the team's primary signal-caller when healthy. He is set to start Sunday night's contest against the Indianapolis Colts after leaving at halftime of the Week 4 game with a right calf injury and missing Week 5. Rookie 49ers quarterback Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick, was listed as 'out' on the team's injury report Friday.