49ers must figure out what they have in Jimmy Garoppolo in 2019

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is entering his sixth season in the league and second year of a five-year, $137.5 million contract.

Despite those two indisputable facts, nobody seems sure of what the 49ers have in Garoppolo. That's because Garoppolo, through his flashes of brilliance, moments of struggle and a devastating knee injury, simply hasn't done enough of the one thing that's most important when it comes to evaluating football players: play games.

Garoppolo, who has 10 career starts, enters an important year for his career and for the current and future state of the 49ers. This season is all about building a body of work from which he can truly be cheap nfl jerseys

"[It's] very important," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "I was really looking forward to last year knowing that Jimmy hadn't played a lot of ball, but he had showed everyone the capability he has to be a very good quarterback and I was really looking forward to going through a whole year with him where we all knew he would have some ups and downs, but he had the ability and the mentality that you knew he would continue to climb. And he missed that year.

"That is what it is, and now he's done the work to be healthy, but Jimmy hasn't played a lot of football. Everyone knows he's a good player and knows he's talented, but we've got to go through some situations and go through playing the position. I'm just so pumped that he's healthy again."3

When Garoppolo tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sept. 23, 2018, against the Kansas City Chiefs, it cost him the final 13 games of the season and essentially ended any hopes the Niners had of a surprise run to the postseason.

It was also the second time in as many opportunities that Garoppolo was unable to stay healthy when given the chance to start. Playing behind Tom Brady doesn't offer a lot of snaps for the backup, but Garoppolo made two starts in 2016 with the Patriots. He left the second start in the second quarter with a shoulder nike jerseys cheap china

All of which helps explain one of Garoppolo's primary goals for this season.

"You want to be out there playing, especially at quarterback," Garoppolo said. "There's only one of you, so when you get that opportunity, you want to be the guy out there. I think taking it week by week, game by game and you can't look too far ahead, obviously, or you'll get yourself in trouble."

The fallout of Garoppolo's knee injury extended much deeper than another losing season. The Niners had rewarded Garoppolo largely based on a strong finish to the 2017 season in which he led them to five victories in his five starts after they started 1-10.

Little more than a month later, San Francisco made Garoppolo the league's highest-paid quarterback, a calculated gamble on what he would do in the future rather than what he'd accomplished. In the process, the Niners tossed away Shanahan and general manager John Lynch's initial plan to pursue free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins.

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