SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Now that he is again within the position of the San Francisco 49ers beginning quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo has a lot to do that week. But earlier than he may absolutely dive again in, he made certain to attain out to the person he is changing: injured quarterback Trey Lance.
Speaking to the media Thursday for the primary time since stepping in for Lance in final week’s win in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks, Garoppolo mentioned he spoke to Lance a few occasions this week and likewise interacted with him by way of Zoom when Lance referred to as in to participate in conferences.
Garoppolo’s recommendation? Try to stay as positive as potential.
“I heard [defensive end Nick] Bosa’s presser the other day and he worded it pretty well because there is a moment where you feel like your life is over and you feel like you can never get back to where I was,” Garoppolo mentioned. “But that passes and you’ve got to hit a point where it does pass and you mentally move on from that. There will be hurdles for him to overcome but I’ve been around Trey for a couple years now. He’s a tough dude, so he’ll be all right.”
On Monday morning, Lance had surgical procedure at Stanford hospital to restore a fractured fibula and ligament injury in his proper ankle. The 49ers have expressed optimism that Lance might be prepared to go in time for the beginning of the 2023 NFL season.
“He’s doing as good as you can,” coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned. “Trey’s been great. A number of guys, we’ve all talked to him a bunch, and he’s trying to come to the game this week. I don’t think he’ll be able to, until the swelling goes down, but he’ll be back and a part of us sooner than later.”
After returning to the sector Sunday, Garoppolo mentioned it was like “riding a bike” however he additionally hadn’t had a lot time to mirror on the lengthy, unusual journey that introduced him again to the job he is held for many of the previous 5 years .
Asked Thursday if that journey has been surreal, Garoppolo mentioned it has and it hasn’t.
“Just for how things worked out, it’s pretty crazy,” Garoppolo mentioned. “But I don’t know, everything happens for a reason, I’m a big believer in that and it’s just another opportunity.”
For now, Garoppolo mentioned he is simply “trying to stay in the moment” and get reacclilated to operating San Francisco’s offense. Garoppolo mentioned final week’s sport felt related to how he did in 2017 when he first bought traded to the Niners and did not know the offense.
Because he was new on the time and taking up a group with only one win at that time, Garoppolo had extra freedom to improvise. This week, he is gotten his first reps with the beginning offense since earlier than the NFC Championship Game in January.
It’s been nearly eight months since then and Garoppolo has felt each little bit of that after going by proper shoulder surgical procedure and the corresponding rehab. And now, beneath circumstances no person needed, a way of normalcy has returned.
“A long break, no OTAs, no training camp, it was a different type of year and I’ve been in some weird situations here obviously,” Garoppolo mentioned. “But it has some good and bad. The shoulder feels good and obviously that’s No. 1, so once I was physically feeling better, the rest of the things kind of fell into place.”