Star tight end George Kittle appeared on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Tuesday to discuss a variety of Niners-related topics. Naturally, Garoppolo and his future came up.
According to Kittle, the drafting of Lance has motivated the veteran signal caller, who feels like he has something to prove going into 2021.
“I know there was a story that came out that Jimmy Garoppolo was one of the first guys to text Trey Lance,” Kittle said, via 49ersWebzone.com. “That’s just the type of guy that Jimmy is. He’s not going to say away from adversity, shy away from a draft pick. He has a fire lit under him, and he’s excited to roll.
“I know Coach Shanahan said it, I think I said it too, I think Jimmy played one of his best OTAs that I’ve seen. He was just slinging it left and right, so that was fun to see.”
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By all indications, the 49ers are confident Garoppolo has what it takes to lead them on another playoff run. It’s just a matter of staying healthy, which has been a problem for the 29-year-old quarterback.
With a win-now roster, San Francisco is better off if Garoppolo plays, and plays well, all season long. If not, they may have to turn over the reins to Lance a little sooner than anticipated.