It's Jimmy Time: Garoppolo to make first start as member of 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo

Garoppolo, who was acquired from the New England Patriots at the trade deadline, made his 49ers debut in Sunday's loss to Seattle as Beathard went down with the knee injury during the fourth quarter. Garoppolo completed both of his passes, the second of which being a 10-yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy.

It's finally Jimmy Garoppolo time in San Francisco, 49ers fans.

The 49ers on Tuesday announced that recently acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will make his first start with San Francisco Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Since he was acquired in a trade with the Patriots on October 30, Garoppolo has spent three games as Beathard's backup. Brian Hoyer started the first six games of the season under center before giving way to Beathard in Week 7.

First-year head coach Kyle Shanahan told his quarterbacks about the switch Monday, per Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Garoppolo will make his first start as a 49er against a Bears defense that is ranked 12th in the National Football League in total defense, 12th against the pass and 16th against the run. Garoppolo completed 42 of his 59 pass attempts for 496 yards, four touchdowns, and a passer rating of 119. The cameo could be a short-term deal, though, as Shanahan seemed committed to Beathard prior to Sunday's injuries.

This is the final year of his rookie contract, so it makes sense that the 49ers and Shanahan might want to see what they have in Garoppolo to confirm whether he is their quarterback of the future.



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