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49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo getting teammates together for throwing sessions

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There is plenty of optimism surrounding the San Francisco 49ers heading into the 2018 NFL season. The catalyst of this excitement has been due to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s stellar start with the team in the 2017 campaign.

While there is good reason for fans to have some faith in their new quarterback, he understands there is still plenty of work to do. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Garoppolo has gotten a head start on building the rapport with his teammates by organizing throwing sessions:

“We had our first one this weekend,” Garoppolo said. “It’s just something that I like to do. It kinds of gets us away from the coaches and everything, and allows me to talk to the receivers about specific things, or the tight ends or running backs. We try to get everyone out there that we can. I understand people have things that they have to get to. But we had a great showing this Saturday. It was good. Just to be on the same page with those guys, talking through route concepts and how they see it versus how I see it, it just gets us on the same page.”

Garoppolo kickstarted his tenure with the 49ers by leading them to victory in all five of his starts to close out the season. The former New England Patriot threw for 1,560 yards seven touchdowns and five interceptions in 2017. Although San Francisco solidified their belief in Garoppolo with the most lucrative deal in NFL history, they will need to surround him with viable weapons in order to take that next step.

San Francisco is pegged to be a darkhorse in the NFC West Division this season. However, that is not to say they won’t have their work cut out for them. Aside from having to deal with the Los Angeles Rams’ formidable defense, the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks are looking to re-stake their claim in the division. That said, Garoppolo will have his hands full carrying the offense in his first full season as the starter.