CBS Predicts Ridiculous Season for Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers in 2020

Max Staley
Jimmy Garoppolo could be in for a monster 2020 campaign, according to CBS Sports.
Jimmy Garoppolo could be in for a monster 2020 campaign, according to CBS Sports. / Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

Jimmy Garoppolo is a much better player than he's been given credit for. The San Francisco 49ers' signal-caller has gone 19-5 across his 24 regular-season starts for the team. They are 4-21 in games started by anyone else since 2017. The guy is pretty good.

But even the most optimistic of 49ers fans might be a little surprised by CBS Sports' incredibly bold prediction for Jimmy G's 2020 campaign.

Patrick Walker argued that Garoppolo will approach 5,000 passing yards this year. He didn't even reach 4,000 last season, and San Francisco's receiving corps has already been decimated by injuries, but this prediction might not be quite as crazy as it seems.

For one, 2019 was Jimmy G's first year back from a torn ACL. That could be part of the reason Kyle Shanahan was so cautious with his franchise QB. San Francisco had the fourth-fewest team passing attempts in the league last year (478).

Garoppolo is reportedly practicing without the knee brace he wore all year in 2019. That could certainly lead to an uptick in volume, which he'd definitely need to approach 5,000 passing yards.

Plus, Garoppolo was wildly efficient with those limited opportunities last year. He finished with top-eight marks in: passer rating (102.0), touchdown percentage (5.7) yards per attempt (8.4) and yards per completion (12.6).

If Shanahan lets Garoppolo cut it loose next year, he does have an outside chance of finishing near a 5,000-yard season in 2020.

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