George Kittle: Jimmy Garoppolo has a fire lit under him

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49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said earlier this month that he thinks quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has had his best offseason since joining the team and one of Shanahan’s favorite receivers has signed on to that assessment.

Tight end George Kittle was on NFL Network Tuesday and he said that Garoppolo has responded to the arrival of first-round pick Trey Lance by stepping up his own game this spring.

“I know there was a story that came out that Jimmy Garoppolo was one of the first guys to text Trey Lance,” Kittle said, via 49ersWebzone.com. “That’s just the type of guy that Jimmy is. He’s not going to say away from adversity, shy away from a draft pick. He has a fire lit under him, and he’s excited to roll. I know Coach Shanahan said it, I think I said it too, I think Jimmy played one of his best OTAs that I’ve seen. He was just slinging it left and right, so that was fun to see.”

Kittle also praised Lance’s work last month, so he’s doing a good job of covering all of his bases when it comes to the guys who will be getting him the ball this year.

8 responses to “George Kittle: Jimmy Garoppolo has a fire lit under him

  1. “He has a fire lit under him, and he’s excited to roll.”

    Jimmy G to IR with second degree burns and a bum ankle sustained while trying to roll.

  2. A couple injury shortened seasons and your replacement already being on the team will usually do that.

  3. bcsublime says:
    June 15, 2021 at 11:24 am
    “He has a fire lit under him, and he’s excited to roll.”

    Jimmy G to IR with second degree burns and a bum ankle sustained while trying to roll.

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    Literally laughed out loud. I love and hate the internet sometimes 😂

  4. For all of the “experts” that continually blast SF for trading up to get Trey Lance…. this is how great organizations stay great, by creating competition and eliminating complacency. SF’s QB situation is the least of their concerns moving forward, and that’s a good thing for the Niners

  5. Why does any player at the top tier of the sport need competition to have a fire lit under them, shouldn’t the massive amount of money they’re making be more than enough incentive?

    If it takes having a little competition behind them (especially a top QB) then I wouldn’t want them on my team, they could decide to lay down at any moment!

    This goes for you too Rodgers, why did it take the Pack drafting Love for you to play up to your full potential? You should have been putting up seasons like that for years!

    What’s the word for people like you? Complacent, that’s it!

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