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Could we see Jimmy Garoppolo throw downfield more in 2022?

One of 49ers’ offense’s biggest shortcomings with Jimmy Garoppolo under center is its lack of a downfield passing game. If the quarterback has it his way, that’ll change in what could be his final stint as San Francisco’s starting signal caller.

Garoppolo on Thursday in a press conference told reporters he had more freedom when he stepped in for the final five games of 2017, and he’d like to see that return this time around.

“I’d love that,” Garoppolo said about pushing the ball down the field. “Yeah, there’s a lot of things that go with that obviously, but yeah, I love doing that stuff. In ‘17, there was a freedom where me, the receivers, tight ends, we had a good chemistry going. And when you get that with offensive skills and a quarterback, it makes for a tough offense.”

In that five-game stretch Garoppolo completed 67.4 percent of his throws and averaged a career-best 308.4 yards per game in his five starts. His highest-mark since then was 254 yards per game last season.

According to Pro Football Focus, 9.0 percent of Garoppolo’s attempts were deep throws (20-plus yards beyond the line of scrimmage). He was at 32 percent on medium depth throws (10-19 yards beyond the line of scrimmage).

In 2019 those numbers dropped to 6.6 percent on deep throws and 25.8 percent on intermediate tosses. Last year 7.6 percent of his throws were deep, while his medium depth throws fell to 24.3 percent.

While Garoppolo said he felt like he had more freedom in his relief appearance in Week 2, he stopped short of saying the offense would continue operating the way it did Sunday. Though it sounds like he was lobbying for it.

“I don’t know, that’s a fair question,” Garoppolo said. “I think we’ll see that as we go forward, but I don’t know, the more freedom you have as a quarterback, obviously you play better, you’re more confident and good things will happen.”

Sunday he threw deep on 9.5 percent of his attempts in a small sample size of 19 throws….

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Publish date : 2022-09-23 05:00:39

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