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Jimmy Garoppolo discusses first offseason as member of 49ers, how his family home changed since trade from Patriots

Ryan Hannable
April 24, 2018 - 10:03 am

Last year, visited Jimmy Garoppolo's hometown of Arlington Heights, Illinois and one of the stops included his family's home.

The house was decked out in Patriots gear, but now that he's on the 49ers, Garoppolo told reporters in San Francisco on Monday that's all gone. It's all about the red and gold now.

“Big transition. Big transition," Garoppolo said to reporters. "We had a lot of stuff to give away to Goodwill. Yeah, my mom’s a big decorator so it took her a little while to get all that, but it’s a lot of red and gold throughout the house now and that’s how it should be.”

Garoppolo hasn't bought a place in the Bay Area, but he said he's looking.

“I don’t think I’m technically a resident yet," he said. "There’s some stuff that goes into it. But yeah, currently looking for a place and everything. I’m starting to experience a little more of it. Went to my first Warriors game the other night, they beat the Spurs. Slowly but surely, we’re getting there.”

The quarterback said he's gathered some of the receivers for a private throwing session to work on their chemistry, something he will continue doing.

“We had our first one this weekend," he said. "It’s just something that I like to do. It kinds of gets us away from the coaches and everything, and allows me to talk to the receivers about specific things, or the tight ends or running backs. We try to get everyone out there that we can. I understand people have things that they have to get to. But, we had a great showing this Saturday. It was good. Just to be on the same page with those guys, talking through route concepts and how they see it versus how I see it, it just gets us on the same page.”

As for the 2018 season, the 49ers have a number of primetime games, which hasn't been the case in recent years. Garoppolo is looking forward to the opportunity.

“I don’t think the spotlight really changes anything," he said. "The pressure that you put on yourself is always going to be greater than any outside person or whatever it might be could put on you. I think we’re looking up to the challenge. It’s going to be exciting, but like I said earlier, we’ve got a long road ahead of us. A lot of work to put in. Practice hasn’t even started yet. One step at a time, but I like the direction we’re going.”

The 49ers open the year against the Vikings and then take on Matt Patricia's Lions in Week 2.

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