Garoppolo, who was traded to the 49ers from the Patriots this season, helped lead the Niners to five straight wins to close out the season. He completed 67.4 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns during his six games with San Francisco.
“I know it wasn’t a super long time, but we felt like we had a grasp for his talent and that was confirmed when he got here,” Lynch said at the press conference.
Garoppolo had a great mentor in Tom Brady while backing up the five-time Super Bowl winner. The new 49ers signal-caller said he learned a few things from Brady during his time in New England.
“I think his love for the game, obviously, is a big part of it, and I clearly have that,” Garoppolo said. “So the way he prepares, that was one thing I picked up from him, just being around him for 3 1/2 years. It makes the difference. And week in and week out, to be mentally tough enough to do that and physically tough enough to survive the games, it’s all that coming together, really.”
While some have knocked players for participating in these events because it’s not “real football,” it is not a coincidence that the new generation of running backs is better prepared to step into roles as hybrids due to extensive experience playing 7v7 as youth and high school players.
With four rookies helping guide their teams into the postseason due to their contributions as hybrid playmakers, you can rest assured that more teams are going to look for running backs with pass-catching capabilities. With that NFL Jerseys Paypal in mind, I would encourage any aspiring running back who wants to be a part of the renaissance to spend his developmental years honing his game as a pass Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike catcher on 7v7 teams.
The 5-2 Chiefs, led by a gunslinging Smith never before seen and rookie running back Kareem Hunt, looked like the class of the league at 5-0. But dangerous Andy Reid gets five of his last nine games at home, and a pair of road games against the Giants and Jets.