San Francisco 49ers insider Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports activities Bay Space additional defined why he believes quarterback Brock Purdy would be the workforce’s Week 1 starter in September.
Maiocco talked about that Purdy resumed throwing a regulation NFL soccer final week after the 2022 rookie sensation underwent surgical procedure on March 10 to restore the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his proper elbow he suffered within the NFC Championship Recreation on Jan. 29.
“If his street to a full restoration stays true to the 12-week timeframe, he would obtain full medical clearance to play soccer round Aug. 21 — or 20 days earlier than the beginning of the 2023 NFL season,” Maiocco continued about Purdy. “There just about can be no method one of many different quarterbacks will have the ability to take the job away from Purdy primarily based solely on practices. Why? As a result of Purdy already has proven in video games what he brings to the workforce.”
Maiocco initially said final week he thought Purdy ought to be good to go for the Week 1 encounter on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10 after common supervisor John Lynch repeated that the 23-year-old stays the “leader in the clubhouse” to begin over each 2021 first-round draft choose Trey Lance and free-agency signing Sam Darnold.
On Monday, Maiocco identified that Purdy accomplished 67.4% of his passes for 1,877 yards with 16 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 111.4 passer score (playoffs included) after the ultimate choose of the 2022 draft changed an injured Jimmy Garoppolo in December.
Whereas Maiocco mentioned that the 49ers “like Lance and Darnold on their roster,” the insider insisted the beginning job is Purdy’s to reclaim, not lose, as soon as the second-year professional is cleared to face dwell defenses.
Lance has little value as a tradeable asset earlier than the summer season whereas his future with the 49ers remains up in the air with Purdy nonetheless at the least a few months away from resuming regular football-related actions.
The 49ers definitely don’t have anything to lose in holding onto Lance after three of their quarterbacks suffered season-ending accidents from September 2022 via the playoffs, however they’re going to ultimately must make a major name concerning his future past the upcoming marketing campaign.