Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was a second-round pick by the New England Patriots in the 2014 NFL Draft. He’s now in his sixth season in the league. He’s had quite the storied career. But the real story is just how little football the talented signal-caller has played.
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The 6-2, 225-pound performer from Eastern Illinois saw limited action in his first two season in Foxborough and understandably so. But with veteran Tom Brady suspended for the first four games of 2016, he was the Week 1 starter that year for Bill Belichick’s club.
He excelled in wins over the Cardinals and Dolphins but would be injured his second game and with Brady’s return, saw only spot action the remainder of the year.
Of course, Garoppolo was eventually dealt to the San Francisco 49ers in October 2017. He played in the final six games and started the team’s final five contests, with the Niners finishing 5-0 down the stretch.
There were high hopes a year ago but Garoppolo lasted only three games before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Kansas City. After a rough summer and preseason, he took the field last week at Tampa Bay. He finished with 166 yards through the air (18-of-27), throwing for one score while serving up a pick-six.
As for his days in San Francisco, Garoppolo has played in a total of 10 games, made nine starts, completing 65.0 percent of his passes for 2,444 yards and 12 scores, with nine interceptions. It’s an awfully small sample size. So what do the 49ers really have in the talent prospect?