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George Kittle Has Telling Admission On Jimmy Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo wears his uniform in Seattle.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 29: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers walks back to the huddle after a timeout during the second quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The San Francisco 49ers top the Seattle Seahawks 26-21. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

Even with No. 3 overall draft pick Trey Lance on the roster, Jimmy Garoppolo remains the starting quarterback in San Francisco. It doesn't sound like he wants to surrender that role easily.

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 “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.”

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.