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Pats reportedly deal backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo to Niners

The Sports Xchange
October 30. 2017 9:15PM
New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) screams as he takes the field against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an Oct. 22 game at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

The San Francisco 49ers acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots for a second-round pick in the 2018 draft, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

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.

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.

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 coach Kyle 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 Beathard 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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