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Jimmy Garoppolo Will Start Patriots’ First Four Games After Brady Suspension Upheld

August 1, 2016 - Author: admin
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The New England Patriots’ have announced that Jimmy Garoppolo will be the team’s starting quarterback for the first four games of the upcoming NFL season after Tom Brady’s four-game suspension regarding the “Deflategate” scandal was reinstated by The US Second Court of Appeals at the end of April. Although some thought Brady may appeal the decision further up to the US Supreme Court, he made a statement shortly after the ruling saying that he would not fight the suspension any longer.

“It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process,” Brady said in a statement. “I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.”

This decision clears the way for Garoppolo to be an NFL starting quarterback for the Patriots’ first four games of this season, and marks the quarterback’s first true test of whether or not he has the talents to be a starting quarterback in this league. While seeing glimpses of Garoppolo’s success in garbage time or in preseason games, fans have often wondered how Garoppolo would stack up if he had Brady’s job. Well, now those fans will get their chance to find out.

Garoppolo hasn’t had much experience in the NFL. He’s thrown just 31 passes in two seasons as the Patriots’ backup quarterback. But in the limited time he’s been on the field, Garoppolo has shown he can have an impact running with the ball or throwing downfield. This adds a new element to the quarterback position that the Patriots could toy with in the first four games of the season, as Brady isn’t considered a running quarterback. Garoppolo has received a lot of attention in the past few weeks since it was clear he’d be the starter for part of this season. His former coach at Eastern Illinois University, Dino Babers, had high praise for his former QB.

“Jimmy Garoppolo was the William Tell, to me, of college football,” Babers said in an interview with ESPN. “I’ve never seen a quarterback that could hit exactly what he was throwing at. I’m not talking about putting it on a guy’s body, you put your hand out there and he’s sticking the ball right in the middle of your palm…I’m just telling you, this young man is exceptional. If Bill Belichick put a second-round draft pick on him, he knows what he’s doing.”

Indeed, the Patriots’ coaching staff has been asked a lot about Garoppolo since he was named the apparent starter for these first four games. These games against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, and Buffalo Bills, respectively, will not be easy (no NFL game is). However, it is clear that the coaching staff of the Patriots are confident in Garoppolo’s abilities, and won’t be changing much in the way of how the team practices or prepares.

“This is really the time of the year where we really try to provide everyone with their foundation for the whole year, so our philosophy really is going to remain unchanged for a while here, in terms of repetitions,” Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “We usually split them up pretty evenly. We don’t really put anybody in first and second groups, or third groups, at this point.”

Even opposing coaches have been singing the praises of Garoppolo. Here’s the Head Coach of the New York Jets, the Patriots’ division rival, on Garoppolo and the team:

“Garoppolo can play,” Todd Bowles told the New York Daily News. “They don’t worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It’s theirs until somebody takes it from them.”

It seems as if there are high expectations on Garoppolo, but based on how much talent he’s shown and how his peers in the NFL view him, it seems likely that the young QB could live up to them. Garoppolo has a chance to prove he is a starting-caliber NFL quarterback, which may even land him an opportunity to start on a team other than New England in the future. All that Garoppolo has to focus on now is the start of the season and getting ready to play in a role that he hasn’t held since college. The Patriots’ regular season starts on Sunday, September 11th when the Patriots visit Arizona to face the Cardinals. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the Patriots and Garoppolo, so keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more news and updates!

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Jimmy Garoppolo as Patriots Starting QB Suddenly a Reality

April 25, 2016 - Author: admin
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A decision today made Tom Brady’s four-game suspension a highly possible situation this fall. A panel of three judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit today ruled in favor of the league in the case against Brady and the NFL Players Association. The NFLPA said they will “carefully review the decision [and] consider all of our options…”

The first four challengers for the New England Patriots this fall will be the Arizona Cardinals (Sun. Sept. 11), Miami Dolphins (Sun. Sept. 18), Houston Texans (Thurs. Sept. 22) and Buffalo Bills  (Sun. Oct. 2). Jimmy Garoppolo, drafted in the second round two years ago and considered the eventual successor to Tom Brady, is assumed to be the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots for the first four games, should today’s decision stand. He is now the only active quarterback on the Patriots roster.

Last May, it was speculated that Garoppolo might be starting quarterback when Brady’s four-game suspension was originally announced. However, a federal court vacated the suspension. The suspension originated from “Deflategate,” alleged tampering with footballs by the New England Patriots.

Though spending extensive time training and performing well on the practice field, Garoppolo saw little playing time last year as Brady often played long into easily-won games and held the stage as QB. This year, though, Garoppolo seems more than ready, backed by a healthy offensive line. Strong players like tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola should round out the team’s formidable lineup.

Experts are saying Brady’s ability to fight the latest turn of events on his suspension will be a tough road and likely unsuccessful, giving Jimmy Garoppolo the spotlight his fans hope to see this fall. However, there is a report that Brady is discussing options with his legal team and looking for a way to fight the ruling.

More to come as the story develops…

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Photo Gallery Additions

February 23, 2016 - Author: admin

New pix at right, on link titled “Photo Gallery.”

Largest gallery of Jimmy Garoppolo pix anywhere! ridewithjimmy2

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Judge Overturns Brady Suspension, Garoppolo Once Again Backup

September 3, 2015 - Author: admin
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New York Judge Richard Berman overturned the NFL’s four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady regarding the “Deflategate” scandal Friday, meaning he will start the season as the starting quarterback for the team. While the ruling is a big victory for the Patriots and the NFL Players Association, it’s bittersweet for Jimmy Garoppolo fans who wanted to see what skills the young player had at the quarterback position as a starter. The NFL is expected to appeal the ruling, but that appeal most likely won’t be heard during the upcoming NFL season. Barring injury, Brady should start every game of this season for the Patriots.

 

Berman’s ruling is over 40 pages long, and is very critical of the NFL in general. In the ruling, Berman states that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell created “His own brand of justice”. Berman also added that he thought the league’s independent investigation into the scandal wasn’t actually an independent investigation at all. His ruling was clear in this passage:

“The Court finds that no player alleged or found to have had a general awareness of the inappropriate ball deflation activities of others or who allegedly schemed with others to let air out of footballs in a championship game and also had not cooperated in an ensuing investigation, reasonably could be on notice that their discipline would (or should) be the same as applied to a player who violated the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances.”

The NFL issued the following statement regarding Berman’s decision:

“We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today’s decision. We will appeal today’s ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game,” Goodell wrote. “The commissioner’s responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season.”

Patriots fans and NFL players everywhere are celebrating this huge victory for the team and the rights of players in general. It is certainly an unprecedented ruling, as many thought that the NFL keeping the case in New York would work in the league’s favor. Fans of Garoppolo certainly want what’s best for the Patriots, which honestly is Tom Brady as the team’s starting quarterback, but it would’ve been nice to get a glimpse of the up and coming quarterback as a starter for a major NFL franchise. Even if it was just four games Garoppolo would’ve started, it would’ve been a huge test for him and a good gauge of how he could play as a starter in the league. For now, Garoppolo fans will have to keep waiting. Garoppolo hasn’t commented yet on this situation, but we will update this story if he does, so keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net

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Garoppolo Ready to Start Week 1 as Patriots Await Brady Decision

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Jimmy Garoppolo reiterated to reporters Monday that he was ready to be the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots. Even as the team awaits a decision from federal judge Richard Berman on the status of quarterback Tom Brady regarding the “Deflategate” scandal, Garoppolo has been practicing as the team’s starting quarterback since training camp began. Of course, it is possible that the judge will rule in Brady’s favor and the star quarterback will not serve a suspension, but that hasn’t stopped Garoppolo or the team from preparing as if the suspension will be upheld.

 

“Whether I’m the starter, backup, whatever that may be, I’m preparing like the starter, and I’ve got to be ready for Week 1,” Garoppolo said. “You’ve got to come into this whether you’re a starter or a backup, you’ve got to have a starter’s mentality. You never know when your number is going to get called.”

So far in this preseason, Garoppolo has shown flashes of greatness mixed in with some growing pains as he adjusts to the NFL game. His first preseason start against the Green Bay Packers was a tough outing for Garoppolo, as he was sacked seven times. He was able to bounce back in the next preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, protecting the ball and leading the Patriots to a win. The team’s last preseason game this week against the New York Giants will be Garoppolo’s last opportunity to get some much needed reps before he possibly suits up in week 1 as the starter.

Meanwhile, the Patriots are awaiting a judge’s ruling on whether or not Brady violated any rules in the NFL’s “Deflategate” scandal. Judge Berman said he didn’t want to wait until next week to issue a ruling, so that means a ruling will most likely be issued Friday. Of course, Garoppolo was mum on the subject of the Brady scandal when asked.

“We’re going about our business as usual,” he said. “Just getting ready for the next game against the Giants. We’re taking it day by day and going about our business.”

The Brady situation has loomed large over the Patriots all off-season, but we could finally know the status of who the team’s starting quarterback will be by Friday. It all depends if Judge Berman is ready to rule on the case by then. Of course, we will cover any developments in this case so keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net.

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Tom Brady Releases Statement on NFL’s “Deflategate” Ruling

July 29, 2015 - Author: admin
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady released the following statement on his Facebook page on Wednesday:

“I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.

Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was “probable” that I was “generally aware” of misconduct. The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused. He dismissed my hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable.

I also disagree with yesterdays narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.

Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong.

To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell phone records and all of the emails that Mr. Wells requested. We even contacted the phone company to see if there was any possible way we could retrieve any/all of the actual text messages from my old phone. In short, we exhausted every possibility to give the NFL everything we could and offered to go thru the identity for every text and phone call during the relevant time. Regardless, the NFL knows that Mr. Wells already had ALL relevant communications with Patriots personnel that either Mr. Wells saw or that I was questioned about in my appeal hearing. There is no “smoking gun” and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.

I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season. The discipline was upheld without any counter offer. I respect the Commissioners authority, but he also has to respect the CBA and my rights as a private citizen. I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight.

Lastly, I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support of family, friends and our fans who have supported me since the false accusations were made after the AFC Championship game. I look forward to the opportunity to resume playing with my teammates and winning more games for the New England Patriots.”

Although Brady doesn’t specifically mention taking this case to court, the legal battle has already been set in motion by the NFL. The League filed a legal brief on Tuesday in a New York Federal Appeals Court in order to try and keep the possible trial in that state. Brady also makes no mention of Jimmy Garoppolo taking over at quarterback during his suspension, and that is likely because he is hoping to have this suspension be erased altogether. It remains to be seen if Brady will be able to play while this case is in court, and it will likely depend on the judge overseeing the case. Keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more updates on this story, as there will surely be plenty of since this case is still developing.

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NFL Upholds Brady’s Suspension, Case Headed to Court

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the league’s four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Tuesday, setting up what could be a long court battle between the league and the star player. The four-game suspension stems from Brady’s alleged role in the “Deflategate” scandal, in which Patriots team employees are accused of deliberately deflating footballs in order to aid the team in their 2014 AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. After the ruling was made public on Tuesday, Brady’s agent Don Yee released a strongly-worded statement against the NFL:

“The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis. In my opinion, this outcome was pre-determined; there was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever. There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits. In fact, the evidence shows Tom clearly emphasized that footballs be set at pressures within the rules. Tom also cooperated with the investigation and answered every question presented to him. The Wells Report presents significant evidence, however, that the NFL lacks standards or protocols with respect to its handling of footballs prior to games; this is not the fault of Tom or the Patriots. The report also presents significant evidence the NFL participated with the Colts in some type of pre-AFC Championship Game planning regarding the footballs. This fact may raise serious questions about the integrity of the games we view on Sundays.”

“We will appeal, and if the hearing officer is completely independent and neutral, I am very confident the Wells Report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic. The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside, and a former federal judge has found the commissioner has abused his discretion in the past, so this outcome does not surprise me. Sadly, today’s decision diminishes the NFL as it tells its fans, players and coaches that the games on the field don’t count as much as the games played on Park Avenue.”

The NFL has already filed a request to a New York Federal Appeals Court, asking them to uphold the suspension of Brady. It is clear that this case is now going to court, and with that being the case Jimmy Garoppolo will likely start the season as the Patriots’ starting quarterback. However, there is a chance that the court will grant an injunction to Brady that would allow him to play without being suspended while the case is heard in court. This could prove more risky for the Patriots because if the court upholds the decision towards the end of the season, Brady could be forced to serve his suspension during crucial games for the team.

For now it appears that Garoppolo will get a chance to start the first four games of the season for the Patriots. If there is any update on the situation in regards to Brady starting, we will definitely cover it. This is a big test for Garoppolo, but also a huge opportunity for him to prove that he has what it takes to be an NFL starting quarterback. Keep checking back for updates on this story as there will surely be many in the coming weeks!

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Brady Suspended First Four Games of NFL Season, Garoppolo Will Start

May 13, 2015 - Author: admin
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Jimmy Garoppolo will have a unique opportunity to start the 2015 NFL season as the New England Patriots starting quarterback. The NFL announced on Monday that Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games of the season in relation to the “Deflategate” scandal. The NFL accused two Patriots employees of purposely deflating footballs during during the AFC championship game against Indianapolis Colts. Attorney Ted Wells was hired by the NFL to conduct a report on the Patriots and their employees’ actions during the game. The Wells Report alleges that Brady had prior knowledge of the footballs being deflated and may have even been in contact with the two employees that were also found to be involved. Brady is suspended in part because he refused to show his text message records from this period of time. Garoppolo will be the Patriots opening day starter and will likely play most of the team’s preseason games as the starting quarterback. After a rookie season that saw Garoppolo win a Super Bowl as a backup, he now has the responsibility to defend that championships as a starter. This is also a sort of tryout to see if Garoppolo has what it takes to be Brady’s eventual replacement.

Brady and his agent have stated that they will appeal the suspension which means that the punishment of games that Brady received could be reduced, possibly to two games as has been done before in the appeals process. However, even if Brady’s appeal is successful there is likely very little chance that his suspension will be erased and he will be the opening day starter for the Patriots. It is more likely that the NFL will just slightly reduce his punishment (but there is a chance they won’t reduce it at all) and Garoppolo will start whichever games Brady is suspended for. Many have speculated that the Patriots may acquire another quarterback, but it seems as if all signs point to Garoppolo being the game one starter and leading the team multiple weeks. Garoppolo will be tested by NFL playoff teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys early in the NFL regular season so there won’t be many easy plays for him, but this is Garoppolo’s first real chance to be a full-time starting quarterback

Garoppolo was a surprise NFL success last year as he was effective in the backup role for the Patriots. The Patriots were struggling in week four and he was brought in as a backup during a Kansas City Chiefs game that got out of hand. Brady took the reins back after that game and led the Patriots on a winning streak and to an eventual Super Bowl title, but it seems as if the Patriots are confident enough in Garoppolo that they have tasked him as the replacement for Brady at least while he is suspended.

We will continue to cover all news related to the Deflategate scandal and The Wells Report. If there is any new information that comes out about Brady suspension or Garoppolo being the starter we will be here to cover it. For now, Garoppolo has a great chance to show that he is an NFL-caliber quarterback whether it be on the Patriots or on another team.

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Patriots, Garoppolo win Super Bowl XLIX

February 2, 2015 - Author: admin

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The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super bowl XLIX Sunday night in Arizona, becoming world champions in thrilling fashion. The game was back and forth the entire night, with the Patriots taking a four point lead with about five minutes left in the game. The Seahawks looked like they were about to pull off another miracle after a crazy sideline catch by wide receiver Jermaine Kearse that bounced off Patriots’ defender Malcolm Butler and into the arms of Kearse as he laid prone on the Patriots’ 5 yard line. However, Butler would immediately make up for his mistake after the Seahawks decided to not to run the ball one yard from the end zone and quarterback Russell Wilson threw an interception to Butler to seal the game.

For veteran quarterback Tom Brady, this is his fourth Super Bowl championship and this win puts him in the conversation as the greatest quarterback ever. For Jimmy Garoppolo, he wins a championship in his first year as a backup quarterback for the Patriots. While Garoppolo didn’t see a lot of action on the field this year, he’s had a chance to learn from possibly the best quarterback/coach tandem in the history of football, and he knows how valuable studying under Brady can be.

It’s definitely a positive to be able to sit behind a guy like Tom,” Garoppolo said. “I’m happy where I ended up. On the field and off the field, [he’s] helping me with things.”

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While it may not seem like Garoppolo had much of a factor in the Super Bowl victory since he didn’t see the field, it’s clear from listening to the Patriots’ coaches and players that he was a bigger factor than some may give him credit for. Leading up to the big game, Garoppolo was part of the scout offense (a team of backups that helps the starting defense practice) and spent most of the week mimicking Russell Wilson in order to prepare Patriots defenders for the Super Bowl. Garoppolo even mimicked the formation and final play that the Seahawks ran that led to Butler’s interception.

“When we play quarterbacks like we’re going to see [in Russell Wilson] that’s a huge role for us,” defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said. “This is definitely a kind of unsung hero job.”

“He’s given us a great look, whether he’s dropping back and trying to make a play, whether it’s being zone read and running,” said safety Devin McCourty. “Obviously, we’re not going to get Russell Wilson in practice but we got a good showing of what we could see in the Super Bowl.”

And here’s Garoppolo talking about mimicking the final play of the game, and how Patriots’ wide receiver Josh Boyce previously beat Butler on the play:

“We did and Josh got a touchdown in practice on it,” Garoppolo said after the Super Bowl. “It got [Butler] ready and he knew what to expect. Jumping the route like that, that’s very impressive. That’s all instincts.”

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It’s been quite the year for Jimmy Garoppolo, who went from 2nd round draft pick who was unsure of his place on the Patriots to a backup quarterback for a legend and a Super Bowl Champion. This is just the beginning for Garoppolo, who has a lot more ahead in his career as an NFL quarterback. Keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for off-season updates and news! Congratulations to the World Champion New England Patriots!

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Garoppolo Plays 2nd Half in Patriots Loss, Plus Season Wrapup

December 31, 2014 - Author: admin

Jimmy Garoppolo finally saw some extended regular season game action during the New England Patriots’ 17-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The week 17 matchup was filled with backups for the Patriots, as the team had already clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Still, it was a good opportunity for Garoppolo and others to show what they could do.

Garoppolo entered the game at the start of the 3rd quarter while starting quarterback Tom Brady played the first half. Garoppolo made some good plays, including a 24-yard strong pass to wide receiver Brandon LaFell that led to a Patriots’ field goal. But Garoppolo struggled in other ways, sometimes trying to run with the ball when there was nothing there. He failed to get a first down on a designed quarterback run that was called on 4th down and 1 deep in Bills territory. While Garoppolo didn’t exactly take over the game, he still showed a lot of promise throughout the year and in this contest.

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“It was a good experience,” Garoppolo said. “Getting out there and actually getting some live reps will only help going forward. There’s plenty of room for improvement. There are some good things, bad things and things to learn from.”

Like most of the season, Garoppolo wasn’t told what his role in the Patriots’ last game of the season would be. He didn’t know leading up to the game if he would be starting, or playing very little at all. Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick believes that this allows his backup players to prepare better for any situation. Still, the legendary coach had high praise for Garoppolo.

“I thought Jimmy competed well,” Belichick said. “He was under some pressure. Some things were good, other things could have been better, but I thought he competed well. Some of the opportunities where he had to make plays, he made them. There are definitely some positives out there. There are also things to learn from and build on.”

Even though Garoppolo saw little in-game action this year, he continued to improve and the other players on the team also took note of that. It’s clear that Garoppolo earned the respect of many of his teammates with his performance this season, and especially in this game.

“You always like to see a young guy get in there and get himself an opportunity, and there’s one thing about Jimmy, he’s a competitor and he loves the game of football and was able to get out there and make some plays with his feet,” Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater said. “You always want to see your teammates do well, especially a guy that has worked hard in the role he’s been asked to perform in. It’s not the easiest of roles, and for him to take advantage, we’re pumped for him.”

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Going forward, the Patriots are the favorite to appear in the Super Bowl representing the AFC. Ever since the team’s week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs where Brady was benched in favor of Garoppolo, Brady has played like he has something to prove. The offense has improved dramatically and it looks as if the Patriots will be a tough opponent for any team in the playoffs seeing as they have home-field advantage throughout. As Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount said: “Nobody can stop us but us.”

 

Season Wrapup

Jimmy Garoppolo achieved a lot this season as a rookie backup quarterback for one of the NFL’s most successful franchises. He became the only quarterback on the Patriots’ roster besides future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, which is a huge job to give a rookie 2nd-round draft pick. He was entrusted to this role by head coach Bill Belichick, who is often considered as one of the league’s toughest (and also best) coaches. While some young rookies may have grown frustrated with the lack of playing time, Garoppolo took it as a great opportunity to learn from one of the best quarterbacks of this generation, and it will surely benefit his career in the future.

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Garoppolo surprised both his peers and fans alike in the preseason, outperforming quarterback Ryan Mallett, who many expected to end up as Brady’s backup for the season. Garoppolo showed great poise for a rookie, and it was clear the Patriots had confidence in him because they traded Mallett away in the preseason, leaving Garoppolo as the sole backup quarterback. Garoppolo seems to be in the Patriots’ long term plans, even if he has to wait a few season behind Brady.

Week 4 of the NFL season was when Garoppolo saw his first in-game action of the regular season. During a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Garoppolo was inserted into the game in the 4th quarter and promptly lead the team to a touchdown, causing some controversy when Brady didn’t celebrate with him on the sideline afterwards. Belichick was even asked after the game about “evaluating” the quarterback position, but he laughed it off. The game seemed to be motivation for Brady, who went on one of the best stretches of his career after that, leading the Patriots to seven straight wins and setting the tone for the rest of the season in which they were the best team in the NFL.

While Garoppolo didn’t see major playing time again until week 17, it remains clear that he is focused on his future as a Patriot, and also is willing to work hard to get better. Throughout the season, he has said all the right things to the media, and remained humble and patient about his backup role. While he won’t likely see any playing time in the playoffs, such is life in the NFL where Garoppolo is one injury away from being the starting quarterback for this team. Obviously Patriots fans don’t want to see that quite yet, but if Garoppolo is called upon, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be ready.

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It’s been a great year for the Patriots and Garoppolo. He went from a 2nd round pick from Eastern Illinois University that no one was really sure of to the backup quarterback to a living legend that he can learn from everyday. Although Garoppolo fans may have to wait a little while longer to see him become a starting NFL quarterback, you can rest assured that the knowledge he’s getting now will be amazingly beneficial in the future. Although this season may be wrapping up, Garoppolo’s future is bight and we hope you’ll keep checking here at jimmygaroppolo.net for more news and info as it happens.

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