Jimmy Garoppolo expects his shoulder to be ready for training camp, wherever he is.
Garoppolo told the AP Pro Football Podcast on Thursday that his rehab is going well and it’s helping him deal with the uncertainty surrounding his future with the San Francisco 49ers.
“I feel good. He’s in a good position at the moment,” Garoppolo said. of the process of all of this, but we’re not launching or anything like that. But I’m really happy with where it is.
Regarding the training camp, he said: “There are a lot of stages until then but, yes, I think we will be ready by then.”
Garoppolo nearly led the 49ers to the Super Bowl for the second time in three seasons. He guided them to two road playoff wins before losing to the Rams in the NFC Championship Game. But the 49ers plan to launch Trey Lance, the third overall pick in last year’s draft.
This means that Garoppolo, despite an impressive resume, is the odd one out.
“With rehab, you have to stay so locked in, every day, focusing on those little wins, trying to get 1% better every day,” Garoppolo said. “And I think that keeps you focused because there’s a lot of hearsay, a lot of situations that you can create in your own head and drive yourself crazy. I try to avoid that and stay where I am right now.
Garoppolo, who supported Tom Brady in New England his first 3½ seasons, is 33-14 as a regular season starter and 4-2 in the playoffs. He has a career passer rating of 98.9. His shoulder surgery has prevented teams from already negotiating for him and taking his $24.2 million salary while he recovers, but Garoppolo welcomes competition whether he stays in San Francisco or joins a new team.
“Honestly, I’ve always been a fan of competition,” Garoppolo said. “I think it brings out the best in everyone, myself included. That’s kind of what we did in San Francisco last year, and we got really good results from it.
“Whenever there is competition, I am always for it. I welcome it. But everyone has a unique situation in the NFL. It’s been a crazy offseason for a lot of people, so I’m not the only one in this boat. But you just have to take it in stride. It’s your story, and you have to make it the way you want it to be.
Garoppolo’s father, Tony, joined him to talk about the growing demand for skilled professionals and the importance of these careers and future workers to the economy. Tony Garoppolo worked as an electrician for 40 years. He clarified that his son’s career was still on the rise.
“He worked very hard. It’s not like it was handed to him,” Tony Garoppolo said. “He wasn’t the first-round pick, the No. 1 pick, came from a small school, and I think that made it even more rewarding to watch him unfold and unfold that way. It was just a great race and we are still racing. We are not yet ready to throw in the towel. »
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