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San Francisco 49ers: GM John Lynch says team researched Jimmy Garoppolo extensively

By The Sports Xchange
San Francisco 49ers: GM John Lynch says team researched Jimmy Garoppolo extensively
Former New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo bumps fists with Tom Brady prior to a preseason game in August. Photo by Matthew Healey/ UPI | License Photo

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that they agreed to acquire quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots for a second-round pick in the 2018 draft.

San Francisco general manager John Lynch provided a statement on Tuesday prior to the team's scheduled press conference at Levi's Stadium.

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"We are thrilled for Jimmy to join the 49ers family," Lynch said. "Jimmy is a player we have researched extensively since (coach Kyle Shanahan) and I joined the 49ers. I am extremely pleased this came together (Monday) and we all think it is a big win for our organization.

"Albeit in limited game action, Jimmy has displayed the characteristics and traits that we believe are vital to being a successful quarterback in this league. He has had the rare opportunity to sit and learn from a future Hall of Fame quarterback in a championship atmosphere. We look forward to Jimmy joining the team (Tuesday) and hitting the ground running."

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Garoppolo enjoyed a successful stint while filling in during Tom Brady's suspension related to "Deflategate" last season. The Eastern Illinois product completed 68.3 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

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He won both of his starts before sustaining a shoulder injury. Garoppolo subsequently was replaced for the last two games of Brady's suspension by the Patriots' then-third-stringer, Jacoby Brissett.

The 25-year-old quarterback, who was selected in the second round of the 2014 draft by New England, was a hot trade commodity during the summer before remaining as Brady's backup.

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In 17 career NFL games (just the two starts), Garoppolo has completed 63 of 94 passes for 690 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.

Garoppolo will head to San Francisco and be under the watch of Shanahan, who has seen quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and third-round pick C.J. Beathard struggle for the 49ers (0-8). Hoyer was replaced by Beathard in Week 6, with the latter tossing three interceptions in his two-plus games.

Garoppolo represents the second Brady backup to be traded in recent months. New England sent Brissett to Indianapolis shortly before the start of the season, receiving former Colts wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, a former first-round pick, in return.

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In the wake of the trade, the 49ers released Hoyer on Monday evening, making him an option to rejoin the Patriots, his former team. With Garoppolo gone, the only quarterback on the New England roster would be Brady.

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Hoyer, 32, backed up Brady for the Patriots from 2009-11, appearing in 13 games and making no starts. He subsequently earned starts with the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears and San Francisco, going 16-21.

In 55 career games, Hoyer has a 59.3 percent completion rate with 9,853 passing yards, 48 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. This season, he was 0-6 as a starter for the 49ers with four TD passes and four interceptions.

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