CJ Beathard to start at QB for Niners vs. Seahawks

Niners Still Taking Their Time With Garoppolo

He completed 19 of 25 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a 123.4 passer rating. Whoever is triggering it from the quarterback spot, we're going to go play football.

The 49ers have maintained there's no rush to play Garoppolo, who's intensely studied Shanahan's offense since being acquired three weeks ago in a trade with the New England Patriots.

Rookie C.J. Beathard has held down the starting quarterback role while Garoppolo learns the playbook. Lynch said, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. "I think what the point was, Kyle said, 'We love this guy, ' but [that comment about the chip] was a throwaway".

"We're both believers that this will play itself out", Lynch said of he and Shanahan.

"We're just preparing for the 49ers". We genuinely believe that this guy's got the makeup of a guy who could be our guy for years to come. However, the 49ers didn't likely trade their second-round pick for Garoppolo to sit as Beathard's backup.

"With all our players, we want to set them up for success", Lynch said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. They got a style of offense.

"We've seen Jimmy play".

In the short term, questions still abound about when Garoppolo will make his 49ers debut. He mostly met with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello but also had a one-on-one session with Shanahan. The bulk of that came when he started in place of Tom Brady the first two games last season, producing wins over Arizona and Miami before exiting with a shoulder injury.

"... It gives us an opportunity to kind of continue to really - we're trying to accelerate (Garoppolo's growth), but we don't want to rush it". "But it gets a little better and gets a little more comfortable with each given day".

Regardless of when Garoppolo gets his opportunity - and at this point it seems to be more a question of when rather than if - Lynch will join many others in their enthusiasm to see how he performs. That said, Lynch is planning on Garoppolo being under center for the 49ers in 2018.

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