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49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo receives two top-10 quarterback votes in poll

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo receives two top-10 quarterback votes in poll

All Jimmy Garoppolo did just one year removed from a torn ACL was lead the 49ers to 13 wins, a NFC West title and Super Bowl appearance last season. And yet he continues having to give his best Rodney Dangerfield impersonation, still searching for respect. 

The latest case is a poll conducted by ESPN. More than 50 NFL executives, coaches, scouts and players were asked to pick their top 10 quarterbacks in the game right now. Once again, the 49ers' signal-caller didn't get much love

Garoppolo only received two top-10 votes. 

"He's a pure pocket guy with a great release and his teammates love him. He's probably got a ceiling, but I think he's a really good quarterback in this league," a veteran coach said of Garoppolo. 

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Garoppolo had his hiccups in his first full season in Kyle Shanahan's system, but he still was very good despite. He ranked in the top five in touchdowns (27), completion percentage (69.1) and yards per attempt (8.4) while totaling 3,978 passing yards. Those might not be elite numbers, however, they do rank him among the NFL's best QBs.

Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson was ranked as the second-best quarterback in the league right now, and Arizona Cardinals dual-threat QB Kyler Murray received five top-10 votes. That places Garoppolo as the third-best quarterback in the NFC West in the eyes of those who voted. 

Wilson obviously is ahead of Garoppolo, and if it wasn't for Patrick Mahomes, he would hold the top spot. There's an argument for both Garoppolo and Murray as the NFC West's silver-medal quarterback, and that will have to be decided on the field this year. Truth be told, Garoppolo deserves more respect but probably sits right outside the top 10 of QBs currently in the NFL. 

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There is a flurry of stars at the position right now. Optics didn't help Garoppolo's case when Shanahan took the ball out of his hands for much of the playoffs, and Jimmy G's late collapse in Super Bowl LIV doesn't help either. That also doesn't mean all he did to get San Francisco to the Super Bowl should be ignored. 

The only way for Garoppolo to prove he's a top-10 QB in the league is to do so on the field. For now, this is just more fuel to the fire.

NFL opt-out tracker: Every player who has declined to play 2020 season

NFL opt-out tracker: Every player who has declined to play 2020 season

As the sports world now is underway despite the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is next up. There will be questions and concerns aplenty, too. 

Before training camp even begins, several players already have decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to health concerns. That list is bound to grow as well.

Here is who will not be suiting up this season as the virus continues to run rampant. 

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OG, Kansas City Chiefs

Duvernay-Tardif, who has a medical degree from and has been working as an orderly at a long-term care facility in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec during the pandemic, became the first player to opt out of the 2020 season. The Chiefs' starting offensive guard tweeted his reasoning on July 24. 


De'Anthony Thomas, WR/KR, Baltimore Ravens 

Return specialist De'Anthony Thomas voluntarily opted out of the season, the Ravens announced Monday. 


Chance Warmack, OG, Seattle Seahawks

NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Monday that Warmack has opted out of the season. Warmack, who signed with the Seahawks this spring, also sat out last season 


Maurice Canady, CB, Dallas Cowboys

Garafolo also reported Monday that Canady is opting out of the season as well. 


Marcus Cannon, OL, New England Patriots

Cannon, who battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2011, will not play in 2020.


Danny Vitale, FB, New England Patriots

Vitale and his wife recently had a baby, so the fullback will not be participating in the 2020 season.


Dont'a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots

Hightower, who has a two-week-old son, is choosing to protect his family's safety.


Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Bolden is one of five Patriots to opt-out of the season.


Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots

Add another Patriot to the list.


Najee Toran, OL, New England Patriots

Make that six Patriots. 


Marquise Goodwin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

The former 49ers receiver announced he will not play this season after the birth of his daughter in February.


Andre Smith, OL, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens announced Smith joined his teammate, De'Anthony Thomas, in opting out this year. 


Star Lotulelei, DT, Buffalo Bills

The Bills announced former first-round draft pick Star Lotulelei has opted out. 


Stephen Guidry, WR, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys annoinced undrafted rookie Stephen Guidry has opted out.


Devin Funchess, WR, Green Bay Packers

Funchess announced on Instagram that he has opted out of the season. 

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Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Houston Texans

The former Raiders defensive lineman will not play in 2020.


Cole Wick, TE, New Orleans Saints

The veteran tight end will not play this season, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero.


Michael Pierce, DT, Minnesota Vikings

Pierce, who signed a three-year, $27 million contract this offseson, is high-risk and has opted out.


Nate Solder, LT, New York Giants

Solder opted out of the season, citing family's health concerns.

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

The star of Super Bowl LIV has opted out of the season, the Chiefs announced.


Chandler Brewer, C, Los Angeles Rams

Brewer played seven games with the Rams after signing as an undrafted free agent last summer.

“With my history with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, I am at high risk and will opt out of playing in the NFL this season,” Brewer said in a statement posted to the team’s website. “I would like to thank the Rams for their support and I look forward to getting back on the field in 2021 and beyond."

Marquise Lee, WR, New England Patriots

The USC product became a father for the first time in February, and cited his newborn daughter as a major factor in his decision.

"This is a big sit-down process I had, with me and my significant other, as far as family goes. The risk factor in which we believe that's going out there, it just wasn't worth it in a sense. Just too many unknowns," Lee told ESPN.com.

C.J. Mosley, LB, New York Jets

The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker is citing family health concerns as his reason for opting out, ESPN's Rich Cimini reported Saturday.


E.J. Gaines, CB, Buffalo Bills

Bills general manager Brandon Beane says the cornerback will sit out the 2020 season. 


Matt LaCosse, TE, New England Patriots

Matt LaCosse is the eighth Patriot to opt out of the season.


Da'Mari Scott, WR, New York Giants

The Giants were informed Sunday that wide receiver Da'Mari Scott has decided to opt of the 2020 season.

Geronimo Allison, WR, Detroit Lions

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing a source, that Lions wideout Geronimo Allison has opted out of the 2020 season.

Christian Miller, OLB, Carolina Panthers 

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Miller has informed the Panthers he is opting out of the 2020 season.

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How Charlie Woerner won George Kittle over early in 49ers tenure

How Charlie Woerner won George Kittle over early in 49ers tenure

George Kittle is one of the top passing weapons in the NFL, But while the 49ers star tight end excels at running through defenders, there's nothing he loves more than asserting his will in the run game.

Kittle is one of the best blocking tight ends in football, and the whole world saw his enthusiasm for blocking when the 49ers asserted their will over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Round by running the ball on eight straight plays, capped off by 2-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman. Kittle was mic'd up in the win and was caught imploring his team to "run it again" as they pushed the Vikings down the field during the 27-10 win.

The 49ers added another tight end to their stable this offseason by drafting Georgia product Charlie Woerner in the sixth round. While it can be hard for rookies to win over veterans, Woerner easily got on Kittle's good side during a player's only workout this offseason.

"I'm excited. Charlie's a good dude," Kittle said on the "Pardon My Take" podcast. "We were actually running routes together, and he was like, 'Hey, this passing stuff is kind of boring. When are we going to start talking about the run game?'

"And I was like, 'You're my guy. I needed that out of you.'"

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Woerner wasn't utilized a lot in the passing game at Georgia. He caught just nine passes for 78 yards and one touchdown in seven games during his senior season. The Bulldog believes he can learn a lot from Kittle, who has gone from unknown fifth-round draft pick to star in no time at all.

“I’m super pumped to be in the tight ends room with him,” Woerner said after being drafted. “As a guy who blocks a lot at Georgia I just love watching him play, just the way and style he played at the 49ers this year and how aggressive he is in the blocking game. I love to emulate him, try to be like him.”

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As a young tight end coming into the NFL, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better role model than Kittle.

Woerner already has endeared himself to his new teammate, now he gets to learn from one of the best players in the NFL every day. Not a bad start to an NFL career.