NFC Notes: Jimmy Garoppolo, Trey Lance, 49ers, Cardinals, Rams


  • NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport elaborates on his report that 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to be fully cleared by mid-August, explaining that’s the point when things should start moving toward a resolution. 
  • CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones says some teams have poked around regarding a potential trade for Garoppolo but haven’t been willing to seriously engage until he’s healthy. 
  • Jones adds two teams that make some sense right now as having a potential need at quarterback are the Browns and Seahawks. However, it will take time for those teams to sort through their level of need. 
  • Jones writes a number of teams he reached out to seem like they would prefer to just wait for the 49ers to cut Garoppolo for cap savings. 
  • ESPN and Pro Football Focus listed 49ers QB Trey Lance as one of their top second-year breakout candidates heading into the 2022 season. 
  • They cite the great situation in San Francisco with HC Kyle Shanahan, as well as Lance’s respectable numbers considering his inexperience in limited playing time as a rookie. 



  • The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue writes the current projected starters at outside linebacker for the Rams across from Leonard Floyd are likely to be either Justin Hollins or Terrell Lewis.
  • Both have flashed but both have also not been in full-time roles before due to injuries. Rodrigue points out Lewis had medical flags on his knee coming out of college and was also a healthy scratch for the second half of last season. 
  • Rodrigue mentions the Rams have talked up 2021 seventh-round OLB Chris Garrett, and they also added some other young players to compete for spots in seventh-rounder Daniel Hardy and UDFAs Brayden Thomas, Keir Thomas and Benton Whitley
  • Rodrigue expects the Rams to aggressively explore additions to their pass rush throughout the season via trade or free agency, though there’s no guarantee they make any moves. 

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