San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy has drawn the ire of many fans and media pundits who think he is merely a product of Kyle Shanahan’s system, and he hasn’t done himself any favors with three straight shaky performances in three consecutive losses.
However, Bleacher Report’s Ryan Fowler believes in Purdy and absolutely thinks he could be the franchise quarterback for the 49ers.
“No matter how you view the 49ers, Brock Purdy remains a major building block for the future under Kyle Shanahan,” Fowler wrote. “He won’t win any ‘most talented’ awards or shoulder an offense like many of the game’s elite can, but he’s efficient, understands what he’s looking at and has consistently placed the Niners in a position to win games.”
He also called Purdy the “most promising young building block” that San Francisco has.
In spite of his recent struggles, Purdy has still posted some very solid numbers this season, as he has thrown for 2,033 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 68.3 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 105.4.
The 23-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Iowa State, was selected by the Niners with the last pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.
He began his rookie campaign as the 49ers’ third-string signal-caller but was ultimately pressed into starting duty after both Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance went down with season-ending injuries.
Brock Purdy went on to go 5-0 in his regular-season starts and led San Francisco all the way to the NFC Championship Game where he ended up getting injured very early in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
He also went 5-0 to start this season, making him undefeated in his first 10 regular-season starts.
However, the Niners have struggled recently and have fallen out of sole possession of first place in the NFC West as a result. They are 5-3 and will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday.