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The 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo has a faster trigger than Tom Brady

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What do San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady have in common? For one, they were both drafted by the New England Patriots, started games for the franchise, and thus have Gollum-approved hardware in their trophy case.

But their time together at Foxborough isn’t the only connective tissue between the former Patriots quarterbacks. No, Garoppolo and Brady are actually the two fastest quarterbacks in the NFL when it comes to getting the ball out of their hands. according to Pro Football Focusfirst and second place in the category with times of 2.25 and 2.26, respectively.

What does that mean? Well, according to the PFF, the “time-to-throw” statistic measures the average time between the time a quarterback receives the ball from the center and the time he throws it away. Faster time generally means a quarterback making quick, crucial decisions, while longer numbers can be related to either slower processing time or a running quarterback playing with his legs.

In contrast, Trey Lance has the third slowest throw time at 3.15 seconds, ranking only ahead of Daniel Jones and Justin Fields. Although the sample size may be small and Lance won’t be able to improve his average time to throw with more snaps due to his season-ending injury, The Athletic’s San Francisco 49ers beat the scribe David Lombardi pointed this outIt’s certainly interesting that John Lynch assembled a quarterbacks room with stylistically contrasting signal callers.

When asked on 95.7 The Game how it felt to be informed that the 49ers were looking to switch internally to Trey Lance as their franchise quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t hold back.

“It lights a fire underneath you, I can tell you that,” Garappolo told the hosts. “As a competitor, it always gets you going a little bit when you’re told something like that.”

With Garoppolo now officially serving as the Niners’ starting quarterback moving forward with only 2022 “Mr. Irrelevant,” Brock Purdy on the 53-man roster and journeyman UDFA Kurt Benkert on the practice team to back him up, he can use that fire to fuel the 49ers’ offense and lead the team back into the playoffs.

As the 2022 season began, the San Francisco 49ers were widely considered one of the most unique quarterback rooms in the NFL. While the pundits varied widely in their assessment of the positional grouping as a whole, based largely on their personal assessment of Lance, ratings of Garoppolo as a backup were far more consistent, with the veteran signal-caller earning top marks among the league’s veteran backup quarterbacks. wide.

But now that Garoppolo has been promoted to the starting lineup, people have started pondering the prospects of adding additional help to the quarterback room. In the five days since Lance’s injury, the Niners have been linked with trading for Mason Rudolph, signing a free agent like Cam Newton, or even bringing a California prospect like Josh Rosen off the Cleveland Browns practice team.

When asked about the decision to sign Benkert in the training squad, Kyle Shanahan explained why they liked the experienced journeyman on the team’s official website.

“He (Benkert) just had a good workout,” Shanahan said. “You can only have six veterans on your practice team, so you were just thinking about how to make up for that, and we liked what we saw.”

With teams being able to mix and match their training squad as they please, this situation is certainly one worth monitoring in the future.

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