Jimmy Garoppolo's first start with his new team will come against his hometown team.
The San Francisco 49ers announced that Garoppolo, an Arlington Heights native and Rolling Meadows High School product, will get his first start since joining the team in this weekend's game against the Bears at Soldier Field.
#49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan met with the team's quarterbacks today and informed them that Jimmy Garoppolo will start this Sunday in Chicago. Shanahan will meet with the media next on Wednesday afternoon. #SFvsCHI pic.twitter.com/JM7BXPwhoH
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 28, 2017
Garoppolo, who played his college ball at Eastern Illinois, was traded to the Niners from the New England Patriots earlier this season. The Pats took him in the second round of the 2014 draft, but he made just two starts in four seasons with the team while playing behind future Hall of Famer Tom Brady.
It's been former Iowa Hawkeye quarterback C.J. Beathard starting the last five games for the Niners, the team the Bears traded with on draft day earlier this year to select Mitch Trubisky with the No. 2 pick. Beathard threw three touchdown passes compared to five interceptions in his five starts, during which the Niners went 1-4.
Beathard was injured in Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, which pressed Garoppolo into brief duty. Garoppolo completed both of his passing attempts in that appearance, including one for a touchdown.
In 18 career games, Garoppolo has completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 708 yards, throwing six touchdown passes and no interceptions.