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49ers planning extensive preseason playing time for Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo’s 2019 preseason debut didn’t go as planned against the Denver Broncos. Luckily for Garoppolo, the San Francisco 49ers are planning to give him extensive playing time in their third preseason game.

Last week, Garoppolo began the game by throwing an interception to Isaac Yiadom of the Broncos on just his second pass of the game. Garoppolo started under center for the entire first quarter, but ended up completing just one of his six passing attempts for zero yards and an interception.

After seeing his quarterback struggle in Week 2 of the preseason, head coach Kyle Shanahan plans on allowing Garoppolo to start for the first half—or more—in their next preseason contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers franchise quarterback could see some time in the second half too, depending on how his first half goes.

After his rough outing against the Broncos, many people were critical of Garoppolo and how he performed. However, the criticism may be premature considering it was his first time playing in a game since he tore his ACL in 2018.

Ironically, Garoppolo suffered the season-ending injury against the Chiefs in Week 3 of the 2018 season. Before his injury, the high-priced quarterback had 718 yards and five touchdowns.

Coming into 2019, there are lofty expectations for San Francisco as they enter their third season with Shanahan at the helm. Above all, the 49ers are going to need Garoppolo to remain healthy if they expect to have a successful season this year.

On Saturday, the 49ers are hoping to see a less-rattled version of Garoppolo in his second game back from injury.

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