Jimmy Garoppolo back as starter for 49ers’ meeting with Broncos

In the past nine months, Jimmy Garoppolo nearly led San Francisco to the Super Bowl, had surgery on his throwing shoulder, lost his job to Trey Lance and was shopped to other teams before the 49ers reworked his contract to be the backup.That role lasted a little more than one game.With Lance out for the season following surgery on his right ankle on Monday, Garoppolo is the No. 1 quarterback once again, and he makes his first start of the season on Sunday night when San Francisco (1-1) pays a visit to the Denver Broncos (1-1).Garoppolo has appeared unfazed by everything that has happened over the last 18 months, and overlooked in all of what has happened is that he is 35-16 (including playoffs) as the 49ers’ starting quarterback.”He is just like that in every situation since we met him,” San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He tries to simplify things and not get caught up in all that stuff. He communicates with us. It’s why guys love him, and we all do.”The 49ers have been hit with significant injuries in each of their first two games. In the opener, a loss at Chicago, running back Elijah Mitchell went down with a knee injury and was placed on injured reserve, and then Lance suffered a fractured ankle against the Seattle Seahawks.With Lance out, San Francisco will need to adjust the offense to fit Garoppolo’s skillset, which means wide receiver Deebo Samuel will likely be used in the same way he was last year — as a dual threat as a pass catcher and a rusher.Garoppolo’s first start of the year comes against a Denver defense that has held its first two opponents to a total of 26 points. The Broncos have just one takeaway, but they’ve held Seattle and Houston to just two touchdowns — both by the Seahawks.