San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and quarterback C.J. Beathard, right, watch during drills at the team’s NFL football training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)ASSOCIATED PRESSThe San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback room is a strange mix of unproven talent and further question marks. Jimmy Garoppolo returns fully healthy after missing the final 13 games of last season with a torn ACL. Garoppolo has started a grand total of 10 games in his career, but is being relied on to be a top-end starter in the NFL. Behind him on the depth chart, youngsters Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard will be battling it out for the No. 2 job and a spot on the 53-man roster. Mullens vastly outplayed his counterpart in Garoppolo’s absence last season. Though, both are said to be on equal footing heading into camp. In the first of many 49ers positional previews heading into the 2019 NFL season, here we check in on the all-important quarterback spot. Jimmy Garoppolo Garoppolo will be 100 percent healthy and ready to go for training camp. That’s great news after he suffered a torn ACL during a Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs last season. Though, the 27-year-old quarterback is indeed facing his most-important season. Outside of the injuries Garoppolo has suffered in both New England and San Francisco, he still boasts a rather small sample size for a quarterback of his age. We’re talking 10 combined career starts. That’s a major question mark given his contract. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo gestures at the team’s NFL football headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)ASSOCIATED PRESSSaid sample size also mixes some good in with the bad. Garoppolo boasts an 8-2 record and is averaging nearly 300 passing yards per game. That’s the good. Unfortunately, he’s tossed only 17 touchdowns. Simply put, Garoppolo must be better in the red zone if the 49ers are going to have a shot at the playoffs. It also goes without saying that his health is of utmost importance. The good news? Head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have built a talented young offense for Garoppolo. The three-headed running back group of Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida could be dominant. George Kittle returns for a third season after breaking the tight end mark for yards last year. At wide receiver, it’s the deepest positional group Garoppolo has ever worked with. Youngsters Dante Pettis and Deebo Samuel should thrive. Meanwhile, Jordan Matthews joins veteran Marquise Goodwin to form a solid top-four at receiver. If that weren’t enough, San Francisco boasts one of the best bookends at offensive tackle in the NFL in the form of Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey. There’s no more excuses. Garoppolo must remain healthy and perform like a top-12 quarterback this season. Everything seems to be aligning for that to happen. The onus is now squarely on Jimmy GQ. Nick MullensA former undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi, Mullens surprised the masses after taking over for an ineffective C.J. Beathard last season. In his first regular-season NFL action, the youngster threw for 262 yards with three touchdowns and zero picks in a blowout win over the Oakland Raiders. Mullens continued to be impressive from there on out, completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,277 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. This seems to indicate that he has the upper hand over Beathard to be Garoppolo’s primary backup and earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Despite Shanahan indicating multiple times this offseason that Mullens and Beathard are even in the competition, we firmly believe that it will take unforseeen circumstances for the former to be jettisoned from Santa Clara at the end of camp. C.J. Beathard San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)ASSOCIATED PRESSSpeaking of Beathard, he was downright horrible after replacing an injured Garoppolo in Week 4 last season. The former third-round pick lost all five of his starts and threw just one more touchdown (eight) than interceptions (seven). That’s not going to get it done. In fact, Beathard is now 1-9 in his 10 NFL starts since entering the league back in 2017. 49ers quarterbacks not named Garoppolo and Mullens are 1-15 in the Shanahan era. Beathard must show not only an improved pass during camp but a different way of playing if the Iowa product wants to stick in the NFL. Last season saw him suffer multiple injuries primarily because of the way he plays. Should Beathard improve during camp and the preseason, it could afford San Francisco the ability to move him in a trade. If he performs exceptionally well, there’s a possibility Mullens will be dealt. Either way, don’t expect that to come to fruition. Projected Stats Jimmy Garoppolo: 65.0 completion, 4,350 yards, 30 touchdowns and 16 interceptionsNick Mullens: 60.0 completion, 340 yards, two touchdowns and one interception

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