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49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo announces he's 'good to go' as training camp nears

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49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo announces he's 'good to go' as training camp nears

Breathe easy, 49ers fans. Jimmy Garoppolo is ready to go.

The 49ers quarterback missed all but two-plus games of last season, tearing his ACL during San Francisco's Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Garoppolo has been rehabbing like crazy from all accounts, and with training camp on the horizon, the star signal-caller is all systems go.

"I really do,” Garoppolo said Tuesday when asked if he felt good, via Pro Football Talk. “The rehab process has gone really well. Knock on wood. We haven’t had any setbacks. OTAs went about as well as I could have hoped for and now for training camp hopefully we’ll be full go with team drills and all that stuff. We’re moving in the right direction. We’ve just got to keep going day by day and keep stacking them together. It’s a long process, but we’ve come this far, so why stop now, right?”

Garoppolo played one snap in 11-on-11 during organized team activities, but he doesn't expect to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and expects to be cleared from the jump.

“I’m sure hoping so,” Garoppolo said. “The training staff, the coaches, we’ve kind of put together a plan and everything like that. We’ll kind of assess the situation as we get closer to it.”

Training camp starts July 27th and Garoppolo claims he has zero restrictions.

“I’m good to go. Finally,” Garoppolo said.

Music to 49ers fans ears.

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With Garoppolo fully ready, the 49ers will look to finally show that head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have been moving the franchise in the right direction since they took over.

The 49ers drafted wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd to give Garoppolo more weapons and signed running back Tevin Coleman. The defensive line also has been souped-up as the 49ers hope to make a playoff push this season.

The pieces all are in place, Garoppolo now must prove he's healthy and worth his giant contract.

49ers vs. Saints live stream: How to watch NFL Week 14 game lonline

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49ers vs. Saints live stream: How to watch NFL Week 14 game lonline

The 49ers are almost through the gauntlet. 

A three-week stretch against Super Bowl contenders concludes Sunday in New Orleans against the Saints, the NFC's No. 1 seed. The 49ers passed their first test against the Green Bay Packers, but San Francisco lost for just the second time this season last week against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. 

A loss to the Saints would all but eliminate the 49ers in pursuit of home-field advantage through the entirety of the NFC playoffs, and they'd be rooting even harder for the Seattle Seahawks to lose to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. A win, however, would set the 49ers up for a potential winner-take-all clash for NFC supremacy in Week 17 against the Seahawks. 

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Here's how to watch the 49ers-Saints game online and on TV. 

Start time: Sunday, Dec. 8, at 10:00 a.m. PT
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial

49ers' George Kittle on pace for one of best seasons ever by tight end

49ers' George Kittle on pace for one of best seasons ever by tight end

George Kittle is keeping elite company this season, according to Pro Football Focus.

The 49ers tight end has earned a 93.8 grade from the analytics site so far this season. If that grade holds, Kittle will have had the best season at the position since they started grading players in 2006. 

Though Kittle is far off his record-setting receiving pace from a year ago, he has graded out better than he did in 2018. Kittle finished his second NFL season with an 89.8 grade from Pro Football Focus, and he ranked 13th in the site's top 101 players. 

PFF's methodology is just a bit more detailed than Doug Gottlieb's. Each player graded on a game-by-game basis by three separate analysts whose evaluations are "verified" by a network of former coaches, according to the site. Kittle has been a darling by PFF's metrics all season, grading out as the NFL's best player through the first four weeks of the season. 

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Kittle will have his hands full Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. He's set to match up against Cam Jordan while run-blocking and New Orleans has allowed the 13th-fewest receiving yards against tight ends this season. Saints coach Sean Payton praised Kittle's versatility earlier this week, indicating that New Orleans is focused on slowing the tight end down in order to limit the 49ers' offense. 

As Kittle's grade shows, that'll be a tall order for the NFC's No. 1 seed.