San Francisco 49ers: Top 5 Takeaways from Week 1 loss vs. Vikings

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No. 1: Jimmy Garoppolo has the makings of a star

Jimmy G’s stat line is as follows: 15-of-33 for 261 yards, one touchdown against three interceptions. These stats are really ugly, and if you were to use them against him, then you’re just being lazy. The stats don’t tell even a fraction of the story.

As I said earlier, his receivers didn’t do him any favors. The completion rate wouldn’t be so negatively skewed nor would he only have one touchdown. Make no mistake, Garoppolo has the makings of star. His delivery was beautiful, aside from some errant throws. He just didn’t receive much help.

However, I’m not ready to declare Garoppolo as an elite quarterback like how everyone already has him labeled. I didn’t buy into his hype after last season because five starts with San Francisco is such a small sample size. I will say that I have bought some of his stock after this game. He almost had me buying his stock in bulk, but his game-ending interception and off-target pass for Dante Pettis scared me off some.

Garoppolo has the makings of a star, however that doesn’t mean he will be one. We need to see more consistent play from him before we declare him as elite.

I did like how he was never rattled at all in this game. Not from his receivers drops, the hits he took or interceptions he threw. That speaks volumes about the competitive spirit he has. Let’s not forget that he was facing one of, if not the best defense in the league in one of the toughest places to play in.

He didn’t have a great game, but there were a lot of good signs that shows he has a making of a star. Expect Garoppolo to bounce back in Week 2 at home against the Detroit Lions.

Hopefully his receivers won’t let him down this time in front of the home crowd.

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  1. I don’t know what happened to Pierre Garcon but this is the worst I’ve ever seen him play. He looked as if he intentionally threw the ball down with one of his drops. I was not a fan of him today n if this keeps up we will find someone who can catch the ball that wants a job

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