Jimmy Garoppolo signed a brand new long-term deal this offseason after starting his 49ers career with a 5-0 mark. He has been given a lot of praise and there are big expectations of him and the 49ers this season. He was ranked in the Top 100 players by his peers, but one opponent from last season doesn’t think he belongs just yet.
Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey did not think Jimmy should have been in the Top 100 NFL players list this season. Jimmy and the 49ers offense hung 44 points on the Jaguars defense last season in Jimmy’s 4th start. Jalen thinks that was more on Kyle Shanahan’s scheme and there being no film on Jimmy than Jimmy’s actual play. Jalen thinks defenses were not prepared for Jimmy last season. He did mention that he thinks Jimmy will be a good player.
While Jalen may have a point about the limited playing time Jimmy has had in his career, Jimmy still hung 44 points on him and the NFL’s best defense. He did play 3 games before he handed the Jags that loss so the Jaguars had some tape of his play. It should also be taken into account that he had limited time learning Kyle’s playbook, so he was not able to learn the whole scheme when he faced Jacksonville. This season, defenses will have plenty of film to look at and Jimmy will have had a full offseason to learn Kyle’s full playbook. With a good season this year, Jimmy may turn Jalen into a believer.
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