NFL evaluator links Jimmy Garoppolo to the Atlanta Falcons
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is due to hit free agency and with the Atlanta Falcons having some uncertainty at the position, one NFL personnel evaluator said that the two sides would be a “good fit.”
Amongst all the rumors about Lamar Jackson potentially finding a new home, hearing Jimmy G linked to the Falcons is probably not the news that most fans want to hear.
NFL personnel evaluator sees Jimmy Garoppolo as a good fit for the Atlanta Falcons
The 49ers are certainly stuck in a strange predicament. They have Trey Lance, a former second-overall pick, who is coming off of a brutal injury and then they have Brock Purdy who lost his first game in the playoffs but will also be coming off an injury. Certainly, Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t in San Francisco’s plans, which opens up the door for the Atlanta Falcons potentially signing him.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN highlighted a few avenues the Falcons could go down to establish their quarterback position. Here is what he has heard regarding the Jimmy G avenue:
"One league personnel evaluator had a good suggested fit for Atlanta: Jimmy Garoppolo. A bridge starter with QB1 upside, Garoppolo would get shades of the Niners’ Kyle Shanahan offense with the Falcons, thanks to Arthur Smith’s lean on the run and play-action. And Garoppolo would come at a reasonable financial clip."
Listen, it may seem like a logical landing spot for him. The Falcons run a lot of play-action much like Kyle Shanahan does, but Garoppolo is not the type of quarterback Arthur Smith has pursued in his career. I feel like I say this all the time, the three quarterbacks that we know Smith has pursued in his coaching career are Ryan Tannehill, Deshaun Watson, and Marcus Mariota. And he also traded Matt Ryan.
The three QBs he pursued are athletic playmakers which is exactly what Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t, so don’t get too worried about this statement by an NFL evaluator.