The transition from Trey Lance to Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t difficult for the San Francisco 49ers. Teammates are familiar with Garoppolo, who had been the Niners starting quarterback since the last handful of games of the 2017 season.

Garoppolo is back this season in a reserve role. However, Lance’s late-season injury (manager Kyle Shanahan confirmed today that the season was actually ending) brought the veteran quarterback back to the starting lineup.

A reporter asked a 49ers player about the transition from Lance to Garoppolo.

“I just want to start with I don’t want to detract from how much we feel about Trey,” said full-back Kyle Juszczyk in the locker room ahead of Wednesday’s practice. “That was our boyfriend. We wish he was still out here doing his thing, but it was a good transition. And guaranteed, it’s been like two days, so from what we’ve been through so far, it’s been nice and seamless. continuity. I mean, Jimmy was our quarterback here. This is like his sixth year, so you’d expect him to be familiar and know what we’re doing. “

When players learned that Garoppolo was returning for another season, some were shocked. After all, everyone thought the quarterback would play elsewhere in 2022. Garoppolo didn’t train with the team, didn’t attend meetings, and didn’t even have a playbook in hand until after the 49ers’ last preseason game.

The players did not understand how Garoppolo’s return was possible. But, when Shanahan outlined the plan, everyone was on board. The quarterback is a favorite in the locker room, after all.

Garoppolo joined his teammates on the training ground for the first time on September 1, as QB2. He was strange to some.

“It was a bit different at first to see him in that reserve role,” said Juszczyk. “But even then, I still remember the first training session where he was back here; you immediately noticed Jimmy, just his presence and his command. And it’s something that, now that he’s back to being a starter, has overturned again . “

On Sunday night, Garoppolo will lead the 49ers to Empower Field at Mile High for a week three match against Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos.