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49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo ranked as 25th-best deep-ball passer

Rohan Chakravarthi
Jun 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM--


After being subject to a number of trade rumors this offseason, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo remains a member of the organization, although the franchise has made it clear that they've attempted to move on from the veteran signal-caller.

One of the reasons that San Francisco could be looking to move on is due to Garoppolo's inability to consistently complete deep passes, which has hindered the 49ers on several occasions, most notably during the 49ers' Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2019 NFL season.

Earlier this week, PFF ranked the 2021 starting quarterbacks' deep passing by various metrics, and Garoppolo came in at No. 25.

"Garoppolo earned a 74.0 passing grade across 33 attempts last season, 25th among signal-callers," wrote PFF's Bryant Horn. "He threw an accurate deep ball 37.9% of the time, which ranked 16th."

Garropolo's inefficiencies with the deep ball was part of the reasoning behind San Francisco's selection of quarterback Trey Lance just a season ago with the third overall pick.

Lance, who played in just 179 offensive snaps last season, has been praised by several teammates and coaches for his strong effort this offseason, and has completed 74.6% of his passes during the four practices available to media in the second phase of the offseason, according to Sports Illustrated's Grant Cohn.

Garoppolo had surgery on his shoulder earlier this offseason, which head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch alluded to as the reason that the 49ers couldn't facilitate a trade for their veteran quarterback earlier this offseason.

Currently, the 49ers have four quarterbacks on the roster: Lance, Garoppolo, Nate Sudfeld, and rookie Brock Purdy.
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