Garoppolo was expected to take over the starting job for the 49ers after the franchise traded for him four weeks ago. After sitting for two games and almost all of a third, Tom Brady's ex-backup briefly entered the 49ers' loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, throwing a touchdown pass to Louis Murphy as time expired.
Shanahan made it clear from the start he was in no rush to shove Garoppolo into the lineup, but with each passing week, fans and pundits alike wondered what the team was waiting for. The four-year veteran is slated for free agency after the season, but Shanahan said the 49ers are willing to give him the franchise tag to ensure he stays in 2018. However, Beathard kept the job until now for the 1-10 49ers.
Garoppolo, an Eastern Illinois product, won his first start by rallying the Patriots past the Arizona Cardinals 23-21 in the opener, throwing for 264 yards and a touchdown.
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None of his 96 career passes have been intercepted. Hoyer was released when the Garoppolo trade became official and wound up switching spots, going to New England to serve as Brady's backup.
Beathard suffered a bruised knee and strained hip Sunday, but neither was deemed serious. Beathard was given the start against the Seahawks after the bye, completing 22 of 38 for 201 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Beathard went down with an injury. "I'll have a decision for you guys by Wednesday".
Garoppolo said after Sunday's 24-13 loss that he was "pretty excited" about the prospect of playing in Soldier Field for the first time since entering the NFL.