Brock Purdy went from Mr. Irrelevant to a finalist for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after exploding onto the scene late in the season.
With Purdy under center, the 49ers averaged over 30 points per game and didn’t until a torn UCL six plays into the NFC championship game left the quarterback unable to throw.
As a result of his impressive performance, 49ers general manager John Lynch told reporters on Monday, “if we were to line up, he (Purdy) probably would take that first snap.”
Kyle Shanahan echoed Lynch’s sentiments the following day. “The way Brock played last year; he’d be the starter going into it.”
Purdy was a guest on the Roc & Manuch Show on Fox Sports 910AM in Phoenix on Friday. After giving an update on his rehab Purdy discussed what he has been doing to get ready for his second season, where he can improve and his thoughts on Shanahan’s comments.
Q: Have you already started to get yourself ready for training camp by watching film?
Purdy: Yeah. There were a couple weeks after the season, the injury and everything had happened, where I just needed to get away from football. But over the last month or so I’ve been watching some games. Going back to the basics of the playbook, my reads and my footwork. Even formations and motions and things like that. You’ve got to start getting that ingrained in you before you go back, and that’s where I’m at.
Q: When you go back and look throughout the year. What were some of the pros you can carry forward and what were some of the cons?
Purdy: Starting with the cons, just footwork. Being on time. Every concept has its own timing and there were times last year where you could tell I was still getting used to things. Even when I was playing. The timing of a slant to Brandon Aiyuk compared to Deebo Samuel. There’s two different types of routes, so getting used to that kind of thing. That’s something I have to hammer away at in the offseason.
The pros is building off the leadership and courage that I had of stepping out and going and leading a team. You know, you have to have confidence in the NFL, and you can see it on the film. I just have to keep building off that as well.
Q: Your coach has come out and basically said it’s your job to lose. Do you feel any extra pressure because of that?
Purdy: No sir. For me, I have to get healthy first. That’s how I’m looking at it. Day by day. I have to get healthy; everything will fall into place from there. Other than that, I love my teammates, I love to compete, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to help this organization win. That’s how I’m looking at it, nothing more than that.