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Jimmy Garoppolo’s ascension; Geno Smith earns a pay day: NFC West stock watch

Eric Williams

NFC West Reporter

At 6-4, the San Francisco 49ers have the look of a Super Bowl contender. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been one of the main reasons for San Francisco’s recent success.

During the team’s three-game winning streak, Garoppolo has completed 60 of 82 passes (73 percent) for 703 yards, with six touchdowns and no interceptions.

And Garoppolo has been impressive on third down, completing 16 of 23 passes for 198 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Garoppolo’s efficient play on the money down is why the 49ers are averaging 30 points a contest during the team’s win streak.

“Jimmy’s doing a great job, and I think he always has,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “When Jimmy’s been healthy out there, we’ve had our guys around him, and he plays at a very high level.” 

In San Francisco’s dominating, 38-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City on Monday, Garoppolo completed 20 of 29 passes for 228 yards and a season-high four passing scores. It’s the fourth time he has thrown for four touchdown passes in his NFL career. According to Next Gen Stats, 71 percent of Garoppolo’s passing yards came after the catch. 

However, San Francisco’s ability to consistently run the football has created comfort in the offense for Garoppolo. He’s been sacked just 16 times this season, and his four interceptions are a career low as a starter this deep into the regular season.  

In games Garoppolo has not thrown an interception this year, the 49ers are 6-0. His 1.5 interception rate is also a career low for Garoppolo. 

Of course, Garoppolo was not supposed to be the starter for San Francisco this year. Shanahan had moved on from Garoppolo, handing the reins of the offense over to second-year pro Trey Lance. 

However, Garoppolo stayed at the team’s facility during training camp to rehab from shoulder surgery. And due to his injury, the 49ers failed to receive enough value on the trade market to move Garoppolo, choosing instead to…


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