SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo will start Thursday night during the 49ers’ exhibition-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys and play at least one series, maybe two.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed this during his Tuesday press conference, when he explained which players will and will not suit up.
“Jimmy will play somewhat into the first quarter,” Shanahan said. “We’ll see how long the opening drive is. Usually, the second game you play guys a little more into the second quarter. Usually, the third game they play the whole first half and sometimes start the third quarter. Then, the fourth game they rarely play.”
Last season, the 49ers’ first-string offense played two series during the preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, and failed to pick up a first down on either drive.
On Thursday, if Garoppolo and the starters score during their first drive, that might be their only series.
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