Will Jimmy Garoppolo Transform the 49ers?
The 26-year-old phenom could become a franchise player for San Francisco.
Four weeks into the Jimmy Garoppolo era in San Francisco, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell takes full stock of the 26-year-old phenom. By even the most cynical reading, Garoppolo’s immediate success means the 49ers have a much stronger chance to compete next season than anyone would have expected before the trade. Having gone 4-0 as a starter, Garoppolo has already beaten two playoff teams and done so with a weak and injury-depleted receiving core. While Garoppolo’s impressive stats have come over a small sample size, and past quarterbacks like Matt Flynn who have gotten off to hot stars haven’t necessarily become franchise guys, Barnwell argues that the 49ers would do well to extend his contract while they still can.
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