Pre-Draft Tracker: Visits, Meetings, Workouts, Picks →
placeholder image

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

49ers ‘not surprised anymore’ by Brock Purdy’s MVP-like performances

Dec 5, 2023 at 2:33 PM--

Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
Last season, it was probably easy to look at Brock Purdy's early starts and be shocked by the rookie quarterback's ability to step in and play like a veteran. Then, as he turned in impressive performance after impressive performance, his San Francisco 49ers teammates became less surprised. Everyone was forced to acknowledge that Purdy could play in the NFL and do so at a high level.

As the last overall pick in the draft, a player passed on multiple times by every team, including the 49ers, Purdy has defied expectations.

Purdy entered this season as the starting quarterback despite coming off surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) he suffered in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers quarterback has been playing at an elite level this season, leading the league in several statistical categories, including completion percentage (70.2), touchdown percentage (6.9), yards per attempt (9.6), yards gained per completion (13.7), and passer rating (116.1).

Oddsmakers have declared Purdy the frontrunner for NFL MVP. One 49ers teammate says nothing the quarterback does on the field surprises the locker room anymore.

"At this point, we're really not surprised anymore," fullback Kyle Juszczyk said on 95.7 The Game's "The Morning Roast" show. "He's just been so consistent. It's not like he's this flash-in-the-pan type of guy that you get a different guy every week. Brock's been the same every week, so it's hard to even be surprised at this point."

Purdy displays remarkable poise, leadership, and pocket presence despite being only in his second NFL season. The 49ers, averaging 29.3 points per game, are on pace for 498 total points this season, which would be second in franchise history to the 1994 team that scored 505.

"We had all the confidence in the world that this is something that we could do," Juszczyk said. "It was interesting coming into training camp, just seeing where Brock was going to be on his recovery path because none of us knew either. And I'm sure he didn't know how exactly he was going to respond early on.

"And I think he showed up and was practicing, like the first day of practice, and I think we were all maybe a little bit surprised just how good and healthy he was from day one. And he's just done such a good job of managing that and being able to stay healthy and take care of that thing.

"But we knew if we had a healthy Brock Purdy, and with the weapons we have, and the way the offensive line has come together, 30 points a game was a realistic goal."

Purdy isn't the only offensive teammate who impresses Juszczyk on a daily basis. The fullback admits that he has difficulty finding ways to compliment running back Christian McCaffrey sufficiently.

"So here's the thing with Christian," Juszczyk said. "It's tough to give him a compliment because he's legitimately good at everything. Any compliment you give, you feel like you're leaving out something. If I say he's great at breaking tackles, then I feel like I'm leaving out the fact that he can just outrun guys, that he doesn't need to break the tackles. Or if I say that he's a great runner, I'm leaving out the fact that he could be a starting receiver on most teams.

Juszczyk added, "He really is the most complete football player I've ever played with. ... He's so well-rounded and he's another guy that the preparation is everything. I've never met somebody that does so much to take care of his body because he knows, he takes it personal of how much is asked of him and how much is expected from him on game day. And believe me, that is not easy to have your body ready every week to handle the ball 20, 25 times and still be as electric as he is."

On the defensive side of the football, Juszczyk praised linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who made an immediate impression on the fullback as a rookie, embarrassing him on a play during practice.

Juszczyk admits that he and McCaffrey look forward to watching Greenlaw from the sidelines during games, saying, "Dre is our favorite player. He's so fun to watch, and he imposes his will and that physicalness, that toughness. It's infectious because when Dre goes out there and is just punishing people, you want to go out there and do the same thing. It really fires you up. ... I really do think he's one of the best linebackers in the NFL, and he is so fun to watch. And honestly, he's my favorite player on our team."

You can listen to the entire conversation with Juszczyk below.

Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

placeholder image

How 49ers' lack of interest in Patrick Mahomes led to Brock Purdy

By David Bonilla
Mar 1

You've undoubtedly heard this story before—a narrative tracing the path from the San Francisco 49ers' disinterest in drafting a quarterback in 2017 to their selection of quarterback Brock Purdy in 2022 with the last overall pick. ESPN's Adam Schefter recently revisited this tale, though it's one that's been shared numerous times. During a recent conversation on the "Pardon My Take" podcast, Schefter discussed the 49ers' lack of interest in adding a rookie quarterback in 2017, including future Hall of Famer Patrick Mahomes, despite initially owning the No. 2 overall pick. What led the 49ers to avoid thoroughly evaluating quarterbacks from that draft class? Head coach Kyle Shanahan believed the team could secure Kirk Cousins the following offseason. However,

placeholder image

With Brock Purdy's injury now behind him, 49ers GM John Lynch says QB can focus on "areas of improvement rather than just getting well"

By Marc Adams
Mar 2

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy had a remarkable 2023 season. It was his first full season as the starter, and Purdy did not disappoint, passing for 4,280 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also led the league in passer rating at 113.0. And Purdy became the 49ers' first Pro Bowl QB since Jeff Garcia was selected in 2002. Matt Maiocco, of NBC Sports Bay Area, recently sat down with 49ers GM John Lynch, for the latest episode of 49ers Talk. They talked about the season Purdy had, and how different this offseason is compared to last offseason, when Purdy was coming off a torn UCL suffered in the NFC Championship Game. There was plenty of speculation as to whether or not Purdy would play

placeholder image

Why Chiefs' Steve Spagnuolo reached out to 49ers' Brock Purdy after the Super Bowl

By David Bonilla
Feb 23

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy has earned a fan in Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Following the Chiefs' victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl 58, Spagnuolo made sure to extend his regards to Purdy. "I just texted Brock the other day," Spagnuolo disclosed in a recent conversation with Peter Schrager on "The Season" podcast. "I tried to track down his cell number. I just wanted to tell him how much respect I have for him [and] what a terrific game he played. He's such a quality guy, strong Christian man, and I respect all of that, and I'm happy for all the success." Naturally, while Spagnuolo is content that Purdy didn't overly excel in the Super Bowl, he expressed admiration for the young quarterback, saying, "I think Brock

placeholder image

John Lynch says Brock Purdy has given 49ers stability at QB

By Marc Adams
Feb 27

The San Francisco 49ers finally have stability at the quarterback position. And it's been a while coming. Three years ago, the team was on the verge of making a major trade for the chance to draft Trey Lance, who they hoped would be the QB they had been waiting on. They needed to find a new quarterback because of the lack of stability at the position, primarily due to the number of games starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo seemed to miss most seasons. But after watching Lance for some time, questions began to arise as to whether or not he could be the quarterback they drafted him to be. And after he and Garoppolo both were lost to injury in 2022, Brock Purdy, the barely-drafted seventh-rounder came in and saved the season, leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game. But a torn


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone