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    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, as surprisingly impressive as he was in relief last Sunday to beat Miami, put forth a masterpiece Sunday. He became the first of seven quarterbacks in NFL history to win a debut against Tom Brady, a San Mateo native who played only once previously on the 49ers’ field (a 2016 New England Patriots win). Purdy’s first career start had his dad shedding joyful tears in the Levi’s Stadium stands, and the 49ers’ Faithful shared that sentiment Sunday by chanting “Pur-dy! Pur-dy!” at times in Sunday’s 35-7 rout of Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A 28-0 halftime lead made certain Purdy – and the 49ers’ top-ranked defense —  would upstage Brady’s rare and perhaps final homecoming to his native Bay Area. On the 49ers’ way to a sixth straight win, however, came trouble, in the form of Deebo Samuel getting carted off with an ankle injury, 5 minutes before halftime. It’s the latest, scary injury to a franchise that deployed Purdy as its third starting quarterback this season, a week after losing Jimmy...
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, as surprisingly impressive as he was in relief last Sunday to beat Miami, put forth a masterpiece Sunday. He became the first of seven quarterbacks in NFL history to win a debut against Tom Brady, a San Mateo native who played only once previously on the 49ers’ field (a 2016 New England Patriots win). Purdy’s first career start had his dad shedding joyful tears in the Levi’s Stadium stands, and the 49ers’ Faithful shared that sentiment Sunday by chanting “Pur-dy! Pur-dy!” at times in Sunday’s 35-7 rout of Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A 28-0 halftime lead made certain Purdy – and the 49ers’ top-ranked defense —  would upstage Brady’s rare and perhaps final homecoming to his native Bay Area. On the 49ers’ way to a sixth straight win, however, came trouble, in the form of Deebo Samuel getting carted off with an ankle injury, 5 minutes before halftime. It’s the latest, scary injury to a franchise that deployed Purdy as its third starting quarterback this season, a week after losing Jimmy...
    Follow the DailyMail.com live blog as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to the San Francisco 49ers, plus more from the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks... Tyrell Feaster Host commentator 21:32 Opening drive.... opening touchdown Following the extra point, the 49ers lead 7-0 Snatchin chains!#ProBowlVote @19problemz???? #TBvsSF on FOX???? NFL+ // https://t.co/d2FDeaE8pp pic.twitter.com/U8Xrb1SVh2— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 11, 2022 21:30 Tampa's defense is penalized on their first play Keanu Neal records a sack but is penalized 15 yards for rushing the passer 21:27 The game has begun The 49ers and Brock Purdy will start the game with the ball at their own 35-yard line following the opening kick off 21:25 Mike Evans granted a fan's early Christmas wish during pregame 21:08 The NFL has come down on players at least appearing like they are faking an injury following an incident in Tampa's last game NFL fine the Saints & Cameron...
    The family of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy planned to see the 49ers play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — not to watch Brock, but to see Tom Brady. Tom Brady is one of the most famous sons of San Mateo, California, and it’s no secret that he was raised a devout San Francisco 49ers fan. As the story goes, Brady was hoping his childhood team would draft him, only to fall six rounds into the hands of Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. When Brady became a free agent, the 49ers rumors kicked up again, and once more, Brady could be eyeing free agency with San Francisco a potential destination. But for now, Brady is with the Bucs, and the Bucs-49ers matchup presents a rare, bittersweet homecoming for both Brady and Bucs defensive lineman Vita Vea. Of course, the Vea and Brady families are not the only ones that will be watching this local game closely. The family of starting quarterback Brock Purdy, which hails from Queen Creek, AZ, planned to make the trip for this fortuitous matchup,...
    Brock Purdy looks like a rookie. Baby-faced and a bit dazed by the bright lights and cameras surrounding him, Purdy — the last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft — took to the dais at Levi’s Stadium Thursday for his first weekly press conference as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. But here’s the thing: Purdy didn’t sound like a rookie up there. Of course, the podium isn’t the field. There wasn’t a crazed 260-pound man blitzing him as he answered questions from the media. But don’t totally dismiss the value of a Thursday press conference. As Purdy noted Thursday, a quarterback must be a leader. His job is to “get everyone on the same page… get everyone rolling.” It’s pretty hard to do that if you aren’t a calm and effective communicator. And Purdy is just that. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) walks off the field after the 49ers 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group Related...
    SANTA CLARA — Nick Bosa’s sack celebration consists of raising his hands to his chest and shrugging. That also reflects his up-in-the-air status for Sunday’s first career shot at Tom Brady. A hamstring issue kept Bosa off the practice field all week, and he is officially questionable for Sunday’s visit by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Spotted walking outside the weight room as Friday’s practice began without him, Bosa does not visibly appear hindered by what the 49ers reported Monday as “hamstring irritation.” “It was bothering Monday, it got looked into and it’s legit,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. Two months ago, Bosa missed two days of practice before emerging for the Friday session in West Virginia, then he missed their ensuing loss at Atlanta on Oct. 16, after which he said the plan all week was for him to not play. So, do the 49ers again rest him rather than risk aggravating an injury? Do they save him for a more important NFC West showdown Thursday night in Seattle, where he’d have to play on an artificial surface he dislikes? “You...
    SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo is not being banished to the 49ers’ injured-reserve list. Nor are the 49ers banking on his return for the playoffs. Confused? So goes this week’s paradox with the 49ers quarterback who sustained a fractured left foot in last Sunday’s 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. General manager John Lynch, appearing this morning on KNBR 680-AM, announced that Garoppolo will not go on injured reserve, which is pertinent for a couple of reasons: 1.) Teams are allowed eight activations off injured reserve and the 49ers already have used six. Another is earmarked for running back Elijah Mitchell, even though he already came off short-term IR earlier this season but is again out with a knee sprain until the playoffs. That eighth spot could go to defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. Also on IR is quarterback Trey Lance, but the 49ers maintain he’s done for the season. 2.) Carrying Garoppolo on the 53-man roster means that a door remains open for a comeback, even if Lynch echoed coach Kyle Shanahan’s words Wednesday that it remains “highly unlikely” Garoppolo...
    Dan Manucci wanted to pass along a message to 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy. “Tell him Manuch said, ‘No slacking and no Cadillacking,’ ” Manucci said. Manucci, who coaches quarterbacks in the Phoenix area, is fond of giving colorful encouragement to his pupils, who range from high school freshmen to those in college. Where Purdy is concerned, it’s a comedic one-liner strictly for laughs. Those who know Purdy best are certain he’s had few if any moments of leisure when it comes to football and showboating has never been his thing. “You never saw him take a day off. You never saw him take a rep off,” said his high school coach Preston Jones. When Jones once suggested Purdy should skip a weight session three days before the state title game, Purdy’s reaction was one of astonishment. “He looked at me like, ‘What are you talking about?” Jones said. The cellphone buzz Sunday when Purdy took over for Jimmy Garoppolo ranged from Arizona to Iowa. Purdy more than held his own, completing 25 of 37 passes for 210 yards and...
    SANTA CLARA — Goodbye “Mr. Irrelevant.” Hello “Mr. Popular.” “If I haven’t responded to you, just know I’m a little busy,” Brock Purdy said Thursday to his supporters, in an apologetic tone from the media podium, “but I appreciate everyone’s love and support.” Purdy, ahead of Sunday’s first start as the 49ers’ quarterback, is drawing support from all corners. That goes beyond Levi’s Stadium’s locker room, where, truth be told, the 22-year-old rookie usually is nestled in the quietest corner to study, furthest from the entry doors. “He just has to not try to overthink things,’” Joe Montana told USA Today. “Just go in and you don’t have to make plays. You’ve got guys on the outside that can make plays. So just relax.” Easy for Montana to say in retirement with the four Super Bowl rings he won with the 49ers in the 1980s, when the Candlestick Park fans included a San Mateo kid named Tom Brady. That is who Purdy will oppose Sunday when Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) visit the 49ers. Even Tom Brady Sr....
    SANTA CLARA — Brock Purdy proved his game-planning chops months before he won his coming-out party Sunday, in relief of an injured Jimmy Garoppolo. “I actually got a chance to be around Brock because he stayed at my house three or four days,” fellow rookie Jordan Mason recalled Wednesday about preseason training. “We stayed in my apartment going over plays. I got to see how he deals with the playbook. He’s a QB.” By Mason’s “QB” definition, that means Purdy stays late when everyone else is gone, to study playbooks, watch film, and consult with anyone to help ace an eventual test. Sunday, Purdy will be the 49ers’ starting quarterback when he makes his first start at Levi’s Stadium, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his slightly more accomplished counterpart, Tom Brady. Helping prepare Purdy — and the emerging Mason — for this spotlight was scout-team duty the past three months against the 49ers’ defense, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the NFL. “You can ask Brock, I get on his nerves every time we’re on the scout team...
    SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo has a “way outside chance late in the playoffs, but that’s an outside chance” of returning to the 49ers this season, coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday. “We’re not real optimistic, but we’re not ruling it out,” Shanahan added. Garoppolo’s fracture is not the more serious, Lisfranc version, nor did he sustain any ligament damage, but he still faces a “big recovery,” Shanahan said. The 49ers (8-4) aren’t planning an offensive overhaul for rookie Brock Purdy’s first career start this Sunday, but they’re also bracing for the most successful counterpart in NFL history: Tom Brady, who returns to his native Bay Area fresh off leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) to a last-minute, Monday night win. “Tom plays the position better than anyone ever. The ball always goes to the right spot,” Shanahan said. “… He just has a command of the game and knows what it takes to win.” While Shanahann commended Brady for “flawless technique” and an arm that appears stronger than ever, Purdy offers an element of the unknown, despite rallying the 49ers...
    Getty Brock Purdy escapes from Bradley Chubb on December 4, 2022 in Santa Clara. It’s one thing to win over your fan base of the San Francisco 49ers when you’re Brock Purdy, especially given the timing of his elevation with the Niners making a serious push for the playoffs and pursuing the NFC West division title. But when a renowned NFL analyst known for his sharp opinions and enthusiasm for the game praises your own game, that’s a whole different level of validation. The seventh rounder and “Mr. Irrelevant” Purdy, following delivering some gutsy throws and racking up 210 yards after taking over for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo in the 33-17 romp of the Miami Dolphins in Week 13, ended up making a new believer out of one immensely popular NFL Network analyst who spoke with Heavy NFL senior reporter Matt Lombardo. ‘Brock Had no Fear’ On the Wednesday, December 7 edition of “Heavy In The Trenches” with Lombardo, Brian Baldinger gave a different version of “Baldy’s Breakdowns.” The longtime NFL personality and former offensive lineman gave his...
    Tom Brady is winning as much as he is losing these days, yet somehow doing things he’s never done before. That was the case Monday night when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were effectively smothered by the visiting New Orleans Saints until Brady engineered two late touchdown drives for a 17-16 win. “Look, when you play Tom Brady, when you have a chance to put him away, you have to put him away,” Saints coach Dennis Allen told reporters. “I felt like we missed some opportunities to put him away.” The NFC South leaders at 6-6, Tampa Bay travels cross country to face the 49ers (8-4) Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, pitting the 45-year-old Brady against 22-year-old rookie Brock Purdy. New Orleans took a 16-3 lead with 8:02 remaining on the third of three field goals by Will Lutz. Tampa Bay had done no damage since a field goal on its opening drive. Then on the last two possessions, with the offense turned over to Brady in a hurry-up situation, the Bucs drove 91 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown and...
    SANTA CLARA – Nick Bosa won’t be getting Baker Mayfield as a 49ers teammate, so he won’t get a chance to drill him as a scout-team quarterback. Mayfield, a rival of Bosa’s since their college days, instead was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Los Angeles Rams, rivals of the 49ers who they won’t face again this season after sweeping the season series. The 49ers lost Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday to a season-ending foot fracture, so they forge ahead with rookie Brock Purdy as their replacement starter. Backing him up will be journeyman Josh Johnson, whose signing was announced Tuesday. Coach Kyle Shanahan, on a media conference call Monday, said he’d be surprised if the 49ers became the next stop for Mayfield, the 2018 draft’s No. 1 pick by the Cleveland Browns and a 1-5 starter this season with the Carolina Panthers, who released him Monday as their No. 3 quarterback. Mayfield has lost his two career starts against the 49ers: a 2019 game in which Bosa had two sacks and mocked Mayfield’s celebration from their Oklahoma-Ohio State days, and...
    TOM BRADY made Pat McAfee eat his words after inspiring an epic Buccaneers comeback on Monday Night Football. The Tampa Bay star, 45, threw a final second touchdown to seal a dramatic 17-16 NFL win over New Orleans Saints. 2Tom Brady inspired the Buccaneers to a stunning 17-16 comeback winCredit: AP 2The GOAT threw two touchdown passes in the final three minutes of the gameCredit: AP Brady completed 36 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints threw away a 16-3 fourth-quarter lead. The seven-time Super Bowl winner had been frustrated by the Saints' defense for much of the night. He saw red after exploding with rage at his teammates in another X-rated sideline rant. With just three minutes left on the clock, Brady found Cade Otton with a one-yard touchdown pass. READ MORE ON TOM BRADYDISNEY DELIGHT Bundchen hits Disney World in rare public outing following Brady divorceUNITED FRONT Gisele leaves comment on Brady's post about son Jack after pair's divorce And after an ultimately game-winning stand by the Tampa defense, the GOAT...
    SANTA CLARA – Quarterback questions rule this week’s 49ers mailbag, seeing how Brock Purdy – not Joe Montana nor Steve Young, as of yet — is replacing an injured Jimmy Garoppolo. We here used to have a colleague named Mark Purdy (no relation to QB1b), and, as a nod to him in retirement, we present this week’s edition of Better Mail Than Jail: What are the chances of a Jimmy G vs. Tom Brady match, or Jimmy G and Brady being on the same team? (@hurricanezooey) Garoppolo’s season-ending foot fracture nixed a showdown this Sunday, in Brady’s first trip to Levi’s Stadium since 2016. Instead, it’ll be Purdy (age 22) vs. Brady (age 45), to which Purdy said: “It’s really cool. Dude’s been playing football longer than I’ve been alive.” Brady concurred, saying on his SiriusXM podcast Monday: “Wow. Yeah, how about that? That’s pretty unbelievable. What a privilege for me to still be able to play with, against people like that in a younger generation.” As for next season, dream up any scenario, and, who knows? Can Brock be...
    Getty Brock Purdy throws the ball while facing a pass rush behind his back on December 4, 2022. The San Francisco 49ers aren’t the first team in the playoff hunt that had to turn to their third option at quarterback during the month of December. Yet, what makes the Brock Purdy situation so rare is that it not only involves a third stringer, but a rookie quarterback trying to lift a franchise to the postseason this late in the season. Although, one Super Bowl winning head coach turned NFL analyst has seen this scenario play out before — he had to navigate with a rookie behind center as they were putting together a run to the conference title. Super Bowl Winner Brings up Late 1990s Memory Tony Dungy is known for relying on the arm and brain of Peyton Manning to win his first and only Super Bowl title with the Indianapolis Colts. But before working with Manning, he witnessed a scenario that has drawn parallels to what the 49ers are going through now. One...
    SANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ quarterback carousel did not have coach Kyle Shanahan in a foul mood Monday. Quite the contrary, and for good reason. First, Jimmy Garoppolo’s left-foot fracture might not be as severe as initially feared, and although Shanahan did not back off Sunday’s stance that Garoppolo is out for the season, the 49ers will await confirmation from a specialist that Garoppolo did not sustain a Lisfanc (midfoot) fracture. Garoppolo was in “good spirits” while attending Monday’s team meeting, Shanahan said. “They were talking about (a possible Lisfranc fracture) last night, but they’re starting to believe that it isn’t, so that’s good news,” Shanahan said. “but it’s not all for sure done yet. Some specialist has to finalize it so we don’t want to give you any false information.” Meanwhile, Shanahan came away impressed by rookie Brock Purdy’s relief appearance in Sunday’s 33-17 win over Miami, and that reinforced the first-place 49ers’ confidence with a five-game win streak on the line next Sunday against Tampa Bay. As for adding quarterback help, Shanahan covets a veteran backup familiar with...
    The 49ers’ playoff hopes now rest on the shoulders of a seventh-round rookie who’s never made an NFL start. After Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a fracture in his left foot Sunday against the Dolphins, Brock Purdy stepped onto the field as the Niners’ quarterback for the foreseeable future. The 49ers trailed 7-3 when Purdy entered the game and came away with a 33-17 win to move to 8-4 on the season. Fans of the 49ers were expecting to root on a 22-year-old quarterback this season, but they didn’t expect it to be Purdy, who turns 23 later this month. Trey Lance, whose 23rd birthday is in May, fractured his ankle in Week 2, thrusting Garoppolo back into the starting role. With Purdy now at the helm, here’s a quick rundown for the Faithful on the new guy: Turned down Alabama Purdy was a three-star recruit at Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona, where he was the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2017 after setting 6A state records with 4,405 yards and 57 touchdown passes. He received offers from Texas...
    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS quarterback Brock Purdy made history after replacing the injured Jimmy Garoppolo against Miami Dolphins. Former Iowa State star Purdy, 22, was selected as the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. 3Brock Purdy looks set to start for the 49ers for the remainder of the NFL seasonCredit: Getty 3The QB was selected #262 - Mr Irrelevant - in the 2022 NFL DraftCredit: Reuters 3His first touchdown against the Dolphins made historyCredit: AP That makes him 'Mr Irrelevant', the name given to every player who has ever been taken as the 262nd pick. Purdy entered the game against the Dolphins having only made one other appearance so far this season. In relief of Jimmy G in October, he threw for 66 yards and one interception in a 23-44 loss to Kansas City Chiefs. His college stats are impressive, passing for 12,170 yards and 81 touchdowns during his four years as a starter at Iowa State. READ MORE ON NFLROAD GAME Meet NFL QB who's earned $8m in 13 years despite playing for 14 different teams'IS...
    The pupil could not top the mentor, even as the mentor lost his starting quarterback. It went from a win that would be difficult to pull off on the road against a really good team to one that felt like the Miami Dolphins should get — once the San Francisco 49ers lost Jimmy Garoppolo — and finally a comeback Miami couldn’t complete with an ugly ending. With Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa mostly shaky and 49ers backup Brock Purdy stepping up, Miami ultimately did not secure a victory for coach Mike McDaniel against Niners coach Kyle Shanahan, whom McDaniel spent 14 years under with different roles on different teams throughout his career. Turning the ball over four times, the Dolphins dropped Sunday’s game at Levi’s Stadium, 33-17. “It felt like another game for me,” said McDaniel about having Shanahan on the other side, although the ex-49ers assistant coach appreciated shaking hands with him before and after the game. “To see a lot of people that you invest blood, sweat and tears with and to see a lot of people that are...
    SANTA CLARA — Brock Purdy exited the media room and approached a cheering fan base to sign a few autographs, the sudden focal point of the hopes and dreams of a 49ers franchise that expects to go to the Super Bowl. That expectation took a big hit when Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a broken foot in the first quarter that will end his season. His teammates knew by halftime of a 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins when they made their way into the training room to see Garoppolo and get the bad news. When Garoppolo went down on the opening drive on a sack by Jerome Baker and Jaelen Phillips, 11:22 remained in the fourth quarter. Robbie Gould came in to kick to a 47-yard field goal, and from that point on the day — and potentially the season — belonged to the last pick in the NFL Draft. “There was the whole butterfly thing, but like, Let's do this,' " Purdy said after the first meaningful action of his NFL career. "It wasn't like I was out...
    SANTA CLARA — Brock Purdy began his professional career as Mr. Irrelevant, the nickname given to the last pick in the NFL Draft. The rookie quarterback out of Iowa State is anything but irrelevant today. No, Purdy is now the starting quarterback of a team that has legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. Niners starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo broke his foot at the end of the game’s first drive Sunday. The injury will require surgery and will keep him out the rest of the season. Garoppolo’s injury left the Niners without their top two quarterbacks for the rest of the season. Oh, and they were losing to the Dolphins 7-3, too. It would have been a fair reaction for the 49ers to pack it in at that point. After all, the season was clearly cursed, right? But then something pretty incredible happened: The Niners won the game. And Purdy — that guy taken last in the draft — was solid in relief of Garoppolo, completing 22 of 32 passes for 194 yards after a shaky first quarter. It’d be easy to say...
    BROCK Purdy rose to fame as a quarterback at Iowa State and is now making a name for himself in the big leagues. The 22-year-old was seen replacing Jimmy Garoppolo in December 2022 following an injury, and now fans want to know more about the rising football star. 1Brock Purdy of the San Francisco 49ers Who is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy? Brock Purdy is a professional football player who was born in Gilbert, Arizona. After a successful career at Iowa State, he was then drafted by the 49ers in the 2022 draft. For most of the 2022-23 season, Purdy has been on the sidelines but he got his big break in December 2022 after star quarterback Garoppolo was injured and taken out of the game. After coming off the bench, Purdy helped lead the 49ers to a 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping...
    SAN Fransisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is reportedly out for the rest of the season after an injury to his left foot. The team’s coach, Kyle Shanahan announced that Garoppolo will undergo season-ending surgery to correct the damage. 1Jimmy Garoppolo is out for the rest of the season following an injury to his left footCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk The injury occurred just eight plays into the 49ers’ opening drive against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The 49ers would have a 33-17 victory against the Dolphins as a result. Most read in The US Sun'MAKES NO SENSE' Casey Anthony judge breaks silence on claims her father staged drowningAMY'S TRUTH GMA's Amy Robach breaks silence on 'romance' with cohost TJ HolmesADDICTION PLEA Aaron Carter's fiancée made desperate calls to Walmart after huffing relapseANCHORED DOWN TJ Holmes 'had a 3-year affair with a married GMA producer' before dating Amy More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and...
    Getty Jimmy Garoppolo under center for the San Francisco 49ers. On the penultimate play of the San Francisco 49ers‘ first drive of their Week 13 game against the Miami Dolphins, Jimmy Garoppolo was taken down awkwardly on a split sack by Jerome Baker and Jaelan Phillips for -10 yards and was ultimately carted off of the field to the locker room. Though he has to undergo further testing and an evaluation from the team’s medical personnel, Garoppolo has been labeled as questionable to return with an ankle injury. While Garoppolo was off to a solid start to begin the game, completing 2-4 passes for 56 yards, the Niners will now hand the keys to their offense to Brock Purdy, who entered only his fourth game of the season and immediately threw a three-yard touchdown to Kyle Juszczyk on his first drive under center. After becoming the first Mr. Irrelevant to record a completed pass as a pro, and the first to throw an interception since the award started being handed out, the Iowa State product has now closed...
    SANTA CLARA — For a moment it felt as if the 49ers were staring at the abyss of a lost season with 12:07 left in the third quarter of an eventual 13-0 win over the New Orleans Saints. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo drifted just outside of the tackle box on a first-and-20 play following a 49ers’ holding penalty. He hit Brandon Aiyuk for an 11-yard gain. Saints defensive tackle Malcolm Roach dived at Garoppolo’s knees. He went down in a heap. The 49ers had gotten through the loss of one starting quarterback in Trey Lance. Could they survive another? “There was a feeling like, all right, this is it,” backup quarterback Brock Purdy said Thursday. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he wasn’t sure if Garoppolo could continue. Garoppolo thought otherwise. He got up, finished the game and the fear of trusting a rookie seventh-round draft pick with the hopes and dreams of a potential Super Bowl contender dissipated. Purdy remained on the bench, but was steely-eyed when asked if he was ready to take over if needed. “Yes sir, no doubt,” Purdy...
    Getty Brock Purdy of the Sam Francisco 49ers handing the ball off to Jordan Mason in the preseason. After watching his San Francisco 49ers effectively put their game away against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football in Mexico before the clock hit quadruple zeros, Kyle Shanahan decided to avoid the risk of injury following the momentary loss of Dre Greenlaw and take his starters out of the game. This decision gave Brock Purdy an opportunity to enter only his third professional game, and unfortunately, it resulted in a viral moment that he won’t be living down for quite some time. “Handed the wrong way and ends up a yard short of the first down,” Joe Buck said. “They call him ‘Baby Bosa’ because of his thick legs. He’s only 6-foot-1.” “Baby Bosa needs to know which way to hand off,” Troy Aikman laughed. “He and Jordan Mason, two rookies, are like, ‘um, sorry,’” Buck responded with a laugh of his own. Fans online reacted to Purdy’s mistake too, lambasting the miscommunication and even giving the clip the...
    Getty Kurt Benkert stiff-arming a Boston College defender. With Trey Lance officially placed on injured reserve with a broken ankle, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch opted to further fortify his quarterback position with the addition of Kurt Benkert, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. A fifth-year pro who had previous stops in Atlanta and Green Bay, Benkert was released by the Packers in June and, after failing to find a new home for the summer, now finds himself with a spot on the 49ers practice squad, where he will serve as QB3 behind Jimmy Garoppolo and 2022 seventh-round pick Brock Purdy. If the Niners believe that Purdy is ready to shoulder a bigger role moving forward, the addition of Benkert may prove to be nothing more than additional depth as the game’s most important position. However, if the Iowa State product needs more seasoning before he’s ready to be a play away from full-time action, then Benkert may find himself elevated to the active roster in time for Week 3 and a full-time member...
    Getty The 49ers are looking at a 3x national champion for QB depth. Trey Lance’s season-ending ankle injury has kept the spotlight on the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback situation. Only now the focus isn’t on who’s starting, not with Jimmy Garoppolo back in the lineup. Instead, all eyes are on the strength in depth behind Jimmy G. At the moment, only rookie Brock Purdy, the last player selected in the 2022 NFL draft, is on the depth chart as next man up at football’s most important position. Naturally, the Niners are already casting a wide net looking for some quarterback help. Their efforts have included hosting a workout for a former three-time national champion at the collegiate level.Ex-National Champ Among 4 QBs to Visit 49ersAJ McCarron remains on the free-agent market, but that could change after he met with the 49ers on Tuesday, September 20, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo: The #49ers worked out QBs Kurt Benkert, AJ McCarron, Garrett Gilbert and Kevin Hogan today. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 20, 2022 McCarron has struggled to make the...
    There’s nothing normal about the 49ers’ quarterback position this season. The starter is a relative unknown entering his first year at the helm, the incumbent starter is now a fourth-string player who doesn’t practice with the team and is, instead, exiled to a side field at the Niners’ facility, waiting to be cut. And this preseason, there was drama for the backup quarterback job, too. So let’s try to provide some clarity: The 49ers should move on from Nate Sudfeld — be that via a trade or cut — and keep Brock Purdy as the team’s No. 2 quarterback this season. The truth is that neither Sudfeld nor Purdy will win games for the Niners should either backup quarterback be called upon to start this season. We suspected as much with Purdy — the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft — but Sudfeld’s three-game preseason performance was so ineffective and dull, the same must be said of him now, too. And while Purdy was hardly perfect, he made plays and provided a spark to the 49ers’ offense when he was...
    SANTA CLARA — Rookie minicamp is underway at the 49ers’ training facility, and Thursday meant for some introductions. Here are the highlights what some of this year’s rookie crop said in their debut media sessions: WIDE RECEIVER DANNY GRAY On potentially catching passes from a hard-throwing Trey Lance: “I worked out with Colin Kaepernick, so he kind of has like a bazooka, too. That workout (last month in Dallas) was pretty great so I think I’m up for the task. My impression of working out with a Super Bowl quarterback, a great quarterback at that, it was a surreal moment for me, really. We didn’t really have a chance to chop it off. I just know he was a great dude. He’s a legend in my book.” On bringing his speed to the field: “I’m elite in open space. I can turn the speed on at any time. My speed is natural. You see it with everything I do on the field. … I’m going deep. I’m taking the top off the defense.” On Kyle Shanahan’s offense (where he’ll enter...
    Getty Brock Purdy at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine. Kyle Shanahan normally has his hands on evaluating, scouting and contacting future San Francisco 49ers during the NFL Draft process. As a head coach labeled by some as a distinguished quarterback guru, one would think that he had a lot to do with Iowa State’ Brock Purdy becoming the final pick of the 2022 draft — plus adding him to a room that already has the future of the franchise (Trey Lance), the veteran (Jimmy Garoppolo) and the resigned backup (Nate Sudfeld). ALL the latest 49ers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on 49ers newsletter here! Join Heavy on 49ers! However, Shanahan shared a telling story on how “Mr. Irrelevant” surfaced for him and the 49ers. The 2022 Mr. Irrelevant is…. Brock Purdy. ????@brockpurdy13 | @49ers pic.twitter.com/pu9tmMexKD — NFL (@NFL) April 30, 2022 Was There Any Interaction? Shanahan shared with the Bay Area media following the final day of the draft this rare moment: He didn’t say not one sentence or a...
    Clemson defeated Iowa State in the Cheez-It Bowl by a touchdown, recovery a Brock Purdy fumble to end the Cyclones senior’s career. Purdy’s given his all to the Iowa State program, helping Matt Campbell put Ames, Iowa on the map in terms of college football. In one of the weirdest games of the college bowl slate thus far, Purdy had two of the more memorable turnovers of the season. First, Purdy threw arguably the worst interception of the year when he batted his own pass in the air, allowing Clemson to pick it off and return it for a touchdown. Notable — Clemson won by seven points. Lastly, to end the affair entirely, Purdy ran for a first down and later fumbled. He recovered his own fumble back behind the first-down line. There is no forward progress when that occurs. Clemson ball. Game over. The perfect ending to an absurd Cheez It Bowl. Brock Purdy gets the first down on 4th and 2 then fumbles backwards behind the first down line. What a game. What a bowl pic.twitter.com/6AtMRRMAkB — B1G...
    Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy threw arguably the worst interception in bowl history, and we’ve seen some awful ones. What made the Cyclones quarterback’s interception so bad wasn’t necessarily the throw, but his decision to bat it out of the air. While Purdy was surely hoping to bat the ball down to the innocent turf below, he instead gave it a second life of sorts, tipping it even higher in the air as if it were a balloon full of helium. Despite my best efforts, that description doesn’t do Purdy’s decision-making justice. Just watch, and listen, to the Clemson radio call. They were as baffled as the rest of us watching at home. As called on Clemson radio: pic.twitter.com/p5MB4Tjwj1 — Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) December 30, 2021 Clemson football winning ugly Cheez-It Bowl Despite losing both defensive coordinator Brent Venables to Oklahoma, and offensive coordinator Tony Elliott to Virginia, Dabo Swinney may still find a way to pull this one off. It speaks to the depth Swinney has on his own coaching staff, and just how good of coach and recruiter...
    Which NFL Draft Prospects helped their draft stock? Which prospects hurt their stock? This weekend featured the ACC and Big 12 with their many draft prospects. Some players helped their draft stock; others hurt their draft standing. Some offensive linemen had solid outings in their openers. Tackles, Notre Dame’s Liam Eichenberg, Clemson’s Jackson Carman and Texas’ Samuel Cosmi all had solid outings. Brock Purdy had two issues last season, inconsistency and turnovers. His first game of the season seemed like more of the same. Purdy completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw an interception as the Cyclones were upset by the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at home on Saturday. Purdy was not helped by his receivers, who dropped passes all game. However, Purdy never got into a rhythm throwing the football despite only being sacked once. Purdy looked confused often by what the Louisiana defense was doing. Not good signs for one who wants to be an early draft pick. Carlos Basham, Jr. – Wake Forest (1st Round) DE At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, Wake Forest senior Carlos Basham,...
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