A week ago, the Arizona Cardinals expected to see new 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo just five days after his arrival with his new team.
Garoppolo spent his first game with the 49ers on the safety of the team’s sideline. A week later, the New York Giants expect Garoppolo to make his debut on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. The game matches two of the worst teams in the league, as the Giants (1-7) face the 49ers (0-9).
“I wouldn’t be surprised by it,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo said Wednesday on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “I’d actually kind of expect it, just being an offensive coach and a guy who’s spent a lot of time in the quarterback room. You get a guy like that, you want to get him out there and get him a few reps as soon as possible.”
The 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a trade last week with the New England Patriots for a second-round draft pick. Although Garoppolo started just two games in four seasons, McAdoo cited the experience gained as an observer providing him with the necessary preparation to succeed.
“A lot of times the best teachers are the players, as far as examples go,” McAdoo said. “So he’s been with one of the best who’s ever snapped them up for four years. And that goes a long way. You get a chance to learn a lot from being around a guy like Tom Brady.”