Ever since San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a foot injury early in their Week 13 matchup against the Miami Dolphins, Brock Purdy has filled in ably.
Purdy, the last player chosen in April’s NFL draft, has completed 58 of 84 passes, thrown six touchdowns against just one interception and posted a passer rating of 108.8 since Garoppolo got hurt.
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Not coincidentally, the 49ers have continued the momentum they had with Garoppolo under center, as they’re on a seven-game winning streak and have wrapped up first place in the NFC West.
It has made the 49ers Faithful feel like they have found their franchise QB for the present and future.
Is Purdy on track to remain the team’s starter come 2023?
Purdy Still Has Something To Prove
Purdy has looked fairly impressive over the last three weeks, especially when he led San Francisco to a road win over its division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks, last Thursday.
However, the 49ers are one of the few franchises in all of sports that measures success in terms of world championships, and for Purdy to entrench himself as their signal-caller, he will have to continue to play well the rest of the regular season while leading them to at least one or two playoff wins.
Regardless of what happens with him the rest of the way, the team will have some tough decisions to make as far as the QB position.
Garoppolo will be a free agent this spring, and although keeping him around, perhaps as a backup, seems like a prudent decision, it could be a very expensive one.
Trey Lance was given the nod to be the team’s starter when the season began, but he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2.
Will the Niners go with him under center again, or will they demote him to the second string?