One Big Change to Jimmy Garoppolo's Equipment This Year

Jason Schandl
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is making a big change to his equipment for the 2020 season.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is making a big change to his equipment for the 2020 season. / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
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With a short offseason and no preseason, there hasn't been as much time for NFL players to make adjustments for the 2020 season.

That hasn't stopped San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from making one big change to his equipment, however.

Garoppolo wore a knee brace for the entire 2019 season after suffering a torn ACL in 2018.

It's hard to say whether the brace hindered him much physically since that was his first full NFL season, so we don't have much of baseline we can compare his 7.0 percent sack rate or 62 rushing yards against.

Teammate Kyle Juszczyk seems to think that Garoppolo was at least still psychologically feeling the lasting impact of his injury though, which makes sense. A career-altering injury that costs a player an entire season is always going to be hard to fully recover from, mentally.

But in shedding his knee brace, Garoppolo also appears to be shedding any memory of that injury.

If Garoppolo manages to take another step forward in his development in 2020, the 49ers could very well find themselves back in the Super Bowl in February.


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