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There is no doubt in Kyle Shanahan’s mind that 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy has what it takes to succeed in the NFL.
In his words, the former seventh-round pick is “the real deal.”
Shanahan sat down with Greg Papa on NBC Sports Bay Area’s “49ers Game Plan,” where he explained why he praised Purdy so much during training camp after the 23-year-old took over as QB1 for eight games in 2022 before suffering a torn UCL in his throwing elbow in the 49ers’ NFC Championship Game loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I’m just answering a question from the media and I guess it sounds like a big statement,” Shanahan told Dad. “The ‘real’ means that people would ask me questions about how we know all this. There were six games filmed about him, you just have to watch them. And it’s not that he was just lucky in those games, but that he played at a very high level and That’s how it is in training every day.
“So we had a feeling in practice, but you never know until you get to the NFL games. There were two serious injuries to our quarterbacks, and he had a chance to play in real games and all he did was do it every game versus Very good competition.”
Despite playing in only a few games last season, Shanahan believes Purdy did enough to earn the respect of the NFL.
“He did it and got us into the playoffs, he did it on the spur of the moment in the middle of the game, he did it in playoff games, he did it at home, he did it on the road,” Shanahan explained. “I don’t know what else people want. You have to prove yourself every week in this league, it’s about what you’re doing now, not what you’ve done in the past. Brock played at a high level last year, we wanted “For him to be healthy, he did it in Week 1 and hopefully we can continue like this.”
After undergoing surgery to repair his ACL on March 10, Purdy returned to 49ers practice exactly six months later and didn’t appear to miss a step.
The second-year quarterback then picked up right where he left off in the 49ers’ 30-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 and is starting to turn heads once again.
Shanahan, of course, is a little surprised.
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