49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo knocks off rust despite few reps in preseason debut

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo knocks off rust despite few reps in preseason debut

DENVER — Jimmy Garoppolo’s first snaps in his return from an ACL injury were very unimpressive, but at least he got them out of the way before the regular season. 

It was a chance to brush away the cobwebs and get rid of some of the butterflies from playing under the bright lights again. Those will be the positive takeaways. 

“Yeah, obviously a lot of excitement,” Garoppolo said. “Anxious to get out there and everything but nothing too crazy. It’s something I haven’t done in a year obviously, so got to knock the rust off and everything and thankfully we have a short week this week so we can bounce back quickly but it’s the first step of getting back into it.” 

Coach Kyle Shanahan believes the experience was good for his quarterback, even if it wasn’t productive in yardage or on the scoreboard. 

“Yeah, of course,” Shanahan said. “He’s had a year off football, and before that he only played about eight games total. The more he can play, the better. I wish we could have kept him out there longer today but you risk everyone else too, so I had to get those guys out of there.”

Garoppolo was only able to complete one of his six attempts for no yards and one interception. His night ended with a 0.0 rating. The offense wasn’t able to get into a rhythm in the three short drives with Garoppolo under center. 

“Obviously a little frustrated but it’s the NFL,” Garoppolo said. “Unfortunately, we don’t get to play the whole game right now so I only get so many plays. You wish you could be out there for more so we could bounce back. But it is what it is. It's preseason right now, so we just have to take it in stride.”

Shanahan spoke about what he saw from Garoppolo and the offense. He wanted to keep them on the field longer to string a bunch of plays together but he also could not risk injury to his starters in an exhibition game. 

“Anytime you can’t get an offensive rhythm, everyone looks that way,” Shanahan said. “We didn’t get anyone in rhythm. I wish we could have gotten him in a rhythm. It was very hard to pull him off on the third series because we wanted to go one and two series. One and two good series.” 

Mentally Garoppolo says he’s moving past thinking about his surgically repaired knee. The only thing that reminds Shanahan is when he sees the brace on Garoppolo’s knee. 

“I forget his knee’s hurt,” Shanahan said. “He’s been healthy since OTAs, so we aren’t worried about the knee right now. We just want to get him out there and get some reps and play some football. 

“It was good for him because it’s a big hurdle to get out there for the first time, but we haven’t seen any issues with the knee. We aren’t too concerned about his injury. It’s about him playing and getting reps with our team.”

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The team has a short week ahead of them with another road game on Saturday facing the Chiefs. Garoppolo is looking forward to a chance to play a little longer, and get the offense in sync. 

“Yeah, just kind of getting in the groove offensively,” Garoppolo said. “As the offense, once we got that first down, you kind of start rolling. I think we only got one of those tonight. Once you get in a groove like that as an offensive, it’s a good feeling. Hopefully, we'll play a little more of the same thing.”

Twitter reacts: Bay Area athletes, teams celebrate Memorial Day 2020


Twitter reacts: Bay Area athletes, teams celebrate Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day signifies the unofficial start to summer in the United States.

It's also a big benchmark on the sports calendar.

The 2020 MLB season should have been in full swing, ready to turn the page on its second month. Monday would have been filled with pageantry at the ballparks around the country as teams honored our military servicepeople and veterans.

The NBA and NHL playoffs, likely without all three Northern California teams, should have been in the conference finals stage.

Instead, this was a very different Memorial Day due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

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That didn't stop Bay Area athletes and teams from celebrating the holiday on social media:

We hope everyone had a safe and healthy Memorial Day.

Watch majestic Memorial Day flyover above 49ers' Levi's Stadium

Watch majestic Memorial Day flyover above 49ers' Levi's Stadium

We’re all in this together.

The 49ers partnered up with the California Air National Guard to salute those on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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The flyover was handled by the Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing.

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently said sports could return to the state by the first week of June, so we hopefully will be seeing the Niners take the field at Levi’s Stadium this fall.

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