When Brock Purdy was thrust into the lineup in Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins, many people wondered if that would derail the San Francisco 49ers. They had already lost their expected starter at quarterback, Trey Lance, in Week 2 to an ankle injury and now Jimmy Garoppolo would be joining him on the sidelines after injuring his foot.
Brock Purdy was Mr. Irrelevant in the 2022 NFL Draft as the last overall pick by the 49ers. Not much was expected when he took over the quarterback job, as speculation ran rampant that San Francisco could look to bring in a veteran such as Baker Mayfield, who was released by the Carolina Panthers the day after Garoppolo was injured.
It turns out, the 49ers didn’t need any help. No one could have predicted what has ensued since, as Purdy has been tearing up the league. Purdy has made five starts and in that time, he has been arguably the most productive quarterback in the NFL.
Since Week 14, Purdy is leading the league in numerous passing stats. According to NFL on CBS, he is leading the league in passer rating with 119.0, passing touchdowns per attempt with 8.9 percent and passing yards per attempt with 8.85. He is also tied for first with 11 touchdown passes and five wins over that span.
Those are some truly impressive statistics from Purdy, who wasn’t expected to see the field at all this season. Accomplishing what he has wouldn’t even be expected from players who go first overall, but they are normally joining some of the worst rosters in the NFL. As the last pick in the draft, Purdy landed in a great spot on a loaded 49ers roster.
Overall, San Francisco is riding a 10-game winning streak into the postseason. Normally, the playoffs would lead to some nerves from players, especially young ones taking part for the first time. People are waiting for the other shoe to drop when it comes to Brock Purdy, but he looks poised to lead the 49ers on a deep playoff run.