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49ers and Garoppolo Score Huge Upset, Defeat Jaguars 44-33

December 25, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

The San Francisco 49ers weren’t expected to do much against the playoff-bound Jacksonville Jaguars this week. After all, the Jaguars have one of the best defenses in the league with a lethal combination of cornerbacks in Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. But things didn’t go exactly as planned on Sunday in San Francisco; the 49ers offense marched up and down the field while their defense made big plays and even found the endzone. When it was all said and done, the 49ers had their fourth-straight win and improved their season record to 5-10. The hype train behind the team and new star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo continues to gain steam.

Garoppolo had his first multi-touchdown game as a 49er, going 21-30 for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also had a rushing touchdown on the 49ers’ first drive of the game. The 49ers jumped out to an early 16-o lead after cornerback Dontae Johnson returned an interception from Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles 50 yards for a touchdown. Bortles would answer back, leading his team on two straight scoring drives and tying up the score at halftime, 16-16.

The Jaguars started the second half off with a drive leading to a field goal that gave them the lead, but Garoppolo and the 49ers offense was ready to answer, and they did just that in a big way. Bortles threw a second interception that gave the 49ers offense great starting position at the Jaguars 27-yard line. Garoppolo and his offense took the field and needed just five plays to punch it in, leading to an 8-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to tight end George Kittle. After a stalled drive by the Jaguars, the 49ers offense showed they could really dismantle an elite defense. The team went on a 13 play, 86-yard drive that ended in another touchdown by Garoppolo, this time to wide receiver Trent Taylor. The touchdown was Garoppolo’s best play of the day. On 3rd and goal, Garoppolo felt pressure from the defense and scrambled out to his left, making a nifty sidearm throw to Taylor for the 5-yard touchdown. It showed the quarterback’s versatility and how he can use his mobility to make a play happen when it seems like nothing is there.

After a third Bortles interception that led to a 6-yard Carlos Hyde rushing touchdown for the 49ers, the Jaguars appeared to be done. They were down 37-19 in the fourth quarter with an offense that had been making big mistakes all day. But Bortles fought back, going on a 16 play, 85-yard touchdown drive. The Jaguars then executed a near-perfect onside kick, getting the ball right back at the San Francisco 46-yard line. Bortles rattled off three quick completions including a touchdown, bringing the Jaguars right back into the game down 37-33 with less than two minutes left. When a second onside kick by Jacksonville wasn’t successful, the 49ers got the ball back at their own 49-yard line. They were ready to seal the game, and the offensive line propelled the running game to do just that. 49ers running back Matt Breida sealed the game with a 30-yard touchdown run on a classic sweep play, making the score 44-33. The Niners continue to roll with Garoppolo at quarterback.

“It was an overall team win today, offense doing our part, defense getting us field position, special teams, it all came together really nice today,” Garoppolo said after the game. “That’s what makes a good team. We’re moving in the right direction right now, it seems week-by-week we keep getting better.”

Garoppolo and the 49ers will face another playoff-bound team next week in the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams defense isn’t as hyped as Jacksonville’s but it wll still be a tough test for Garoppolo and his offense. On Sunday, Garoppolo proved to any remaining doubters that he is for real as a starting NFL quarterback. Next week, he will look to lead the 49ers to a five-game winning streak to end their season. While things once looked bleak in San Francisco, Garoppolo has broght hope back to The Golden City.

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Jimmy Garoppolo & 49ers Cruise to 26-16 Win in Houston

December 11, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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Jimmy Garoppolo continued to impress NFL analysts and fans alike as he led the San Francisco 49ers to their second straight win this season, beating the Houston Texans 26-16 on the road. Garoppolo and the offense controlled the time of possession just like they did last week in Chicago, with the 49ers controlling the ball for 34:49 of a possible 60 minutes of game time. Garoppolo again set a career-high in passing yards with 334 yards this week, after throwing for 293 yards last week in Chicago. He also threw for one touchdown and one interception. The 49ers are now 3-10 after starting the season 1-10.

The Texans kept it close for most of the game, until Garoppolo found his tight end Garrett Celek for a 6-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes left in the 3rd quarter. That touchdown, the second for Garoppolo as a 49er, made the game 23-16 and put San Francisco in control. Garoppolo also completed a 61-yard pass to Celek earlier in the drive to set up a red zone opportunity for his offense.

After some mistakes early, the 49ers defense made some big plays down the stretch to protect the lead and secure the win. The Texans had a shot to tie the game up late in the 4th quarter, but star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins fumbled the ball after a catch and the 49ers recovered. That set up a 41-yard field goal by kicker Robbie Gould with less than two minutes left to put the 49ers up 26-16 and seal the game. The Texans also had to turn to 3rd string quarterback T.J. Yates after their backup Tom Savage was injured early in the game. Texans’ star rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson is out for the year with a torn ACL suffered earlier this season.

The 49ers got a solid effort on offense from running back Carlos Hyde, who rushed 14 times for 78 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is quickly becoming Garoppolo’s favorite target as he caught six passes for 106 yards this week after a big game last week in Chicago. Garoppolo did a good job spreading the ball around, completing at least two passes to seven different receivers. Garoppolo commented on helping the 49ers have some hope after a dismal start to the season after the win.

Jimmy Garoppolo“I’ve only been here for a short time so I don’t know exactly what has changed and what hasn’t, but I think we have a little bit of momentum with us right now and I think we just have to keep plucking away day-by-day and just keep getting better,” Garoppolo said after the game. “That’s what it’s all about, especially this time of year. We only have three games left now so we just have to keep getting better and better and good things will happen.”

Next week will be a big week for Garoppolo, as he makes his first home start as a San Francisco 49er when the team takes on the Tennessee Titans at Levi’s Stadium. The fans will surely be pumped up to see their possible QB of the future suit up at home for the first time. Keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more updates and news about Jimmy Garoppolo!

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Garoppolo Takes His Magic West

November 28, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo Shows His Stuff in Only 3 Plays

In October, the San Francisco 49ers announced they acquired New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

After getting little play in the shadow of New England quarterback Tom Brady, Garoppolo was put in the Nov. 26 49ers game against the Seattle Seahawks.

With 1:07 remaining in the fourth quarter, 49ers quarterback C. J. Beathard went out with a leg injury.

The excited cheers from the crowd were startling–no, it wasn’t Seattle fans being malicious. As Sporting News reported: “Fans saw Garoppolo warming up on the sideline and began to cheer.”

Garoppolo entered the game, playing three snaps, scrambling for four yards, and throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Louis Murphy. Though the game was a loss for the 49ers, the quick touchdown lit the fire of 49ers fans who had been numbed by a season of disappointment.

When Garoppolo, 25, was announced as a 49er, general manager John Lynch said, “Jimmy has displayed the characteristics and traits that we believe are vital to being a successful quarterback in this league. He has had the rare opportunity to sit and learn from a future Hall of Fame quarterback in a championship atmosphere.”

Though he had collected two Super Bowl rings over four years with the New England Patriots, Garoppolo had little play time with the team, playing in 17 games.

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This was quite a switch from high school (Rolling Meadows, IL) and college days (University of Eastern Illinois), where he had lots of playing time and in the Chicago area was known as a young quarterback of future-superstar status.

At the University of Eastern Illinois, he started all 45 games in which he appeared and completed 1,047 of 1,668 attempts (62.8 pct.) for 13,151 yards, 118 touchdowns and 51 interceptions. 

He was excited about going west to San Francisco. “I got so excited, man,” Garoppolo said in an interview. “I was in my apartment by myself, but I could have run through a wall. That pure excitement of ‘this is really happening…'”

Kendrick Bourne, the 49ers’ original No. 10, generously switched to No. 84, which was important to Garoppolo. “I’ve had it [No. 10] since probably before high school even,” Garoppolo said. “In high school I wore number 10 and I was playing linebacker at the time. It kind of just stuck with me. My first year of college I was number 15, unfortunately, but ever since then I’ve been number 10. It’s done good things for me…”

Now out of the shadow of No. 12 in New England, let’s see what happens with the western No. 10.

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Should Chicago Bears make move for Garoppolo?

February 25, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

 

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New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo speaks with members of the media in the team’s locker room following an NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass.

by Bob LeGere

Reprinted with permission, Daily Herald, 2/2/2017

There’s no doubt about the biggest question facing the Chicago Bears this off-season.

Should they trade for New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to lead their bid to return to NFL prominence, or would they be better off using a high draft pick to get their quarterback of the future?

Bears general manager Ryan Pace has three months to find an answer to the most important decision he will make between now and the NFL draft. His future here and that of coach John Fox may depend on getting it right.

For a Bears team poised to move on from Jay Cutler, the Garoppolo scenario is too intriguing to ignore because the team doesn’t have a successor in place.

The Arlington Heights native, who starred at Rolling Meadows High School and then at Eastern Illinois before being drafted in the second round by the Patriots, has impressed in his limited opportunities in the NFL.

The Pats can afford to entertain offers for Garoppolo because Tom Brady is still playing at a Hall of Fame level at 39 and has indicated he wants to play for several more seasons. They also drafted Jacoby Brissett in the third round last year.

As usual, the Patriots are in the driver’s seat because they’re rich at quarterback and this is not considered a strong year for the position in the draft.

With that in mind, let’s consider the main arguments in this Bears debate.

No. 1: The top QBs in the draft all come with major concerns.

North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky is the consensus top prospect because he grades the highest in accuracy and mechanics. The biggest knock on Trubisky is that he has been a starter for just one year. But he still may not get past the Cleveland Browns, who have the first pick, and the San Francisco 49ers, who are next at second.

That doesn’t mean Trubisky will pay immediate dividends.

“It would shock me if, after one year as a starting quarterback, he were able to play at a high level as a rookie in the NFL,” ESPN’s Mel Kiper said.

But what if he’s there when the Bears are on the clock?

Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is not strong fundamentally and comes with accuracy concerns, but he’s a potential top-10 pick. He proved himself on the national stage and has great athleticism and intangibles such as leadership and experience.

Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer is the consensus third-best quarterback in the draft. He has prototypical size, athleticism and a strong arm, but he underachieved last season with inconsistent accuracy. Several draft analysts believe Kizer will be available when the Bears make their second-round pick (36th overall).

No. 2: Garoppolo is the safer pick.

The safer alternative is Garoppolo because he has three seasons of experience with the Patriots. It’s true that the vast majority of that time has been spent watching Brady play the position, but there’s also value in that.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick praised Garoppolo’s work ethic and his acceptance by the team last summer when the Bears traveled to practice with the Patriots.

“I think that happened Day One when he came here,” Belichick said. “He’s always done that. I don’t think it’s been any different this year. He has grown this year, but I don’t think his approach has been any different. Jimmy has good presence for the position. I think he always has.”

The 2016 season was supposed to be Garoppolo’s opportunity to show his readiness to be a starter because Brady was suspended for the first four games for his alleged role in “Deflategate.”

But after less than six quarters as the starter, Garoppolo was sidelined with a right-shoulder injury that kept him out for several weeks. Before getting injured, Garoppolo was spectacular, completing 42 of 59 passes (71.2 percent) for 496 yards, 4 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 119.0.

He has one year remaining on his four-year, $3.48 million rookie contract, but no team that trades for him would do so without a long-term extension in place.

No. 3: The Patriots won’t let Garoppolo go cheaply.

Rumors suggest the starting point in trade talks with the Patriots is a first- and fourth-round draft pick for the 25-year-old Garoppolo.

That’s too much to give up in the Bears’ case, since they hold the third overall selection. Too much unless they’re convinced he is worth much more than he was in 2014, when he was a late second-round pick (62nd overall).

Since then, adding in garbage-time appearances to his two starts, he has completed 63 of 94 passes for 690 yards with 5 touchdown passes and no interceptions for a rating of 106.2.

That’s not a large enough body of work for the Bears to give up the third overall pick unless they’re convinced Garoppolo is their long-term answer at quarterback.

Don’t forget how impressively the Bears’ No. 3 quarterback, Matt Barkley, played last season before he crashed and burned.

In his first three starts, Barkley had an 83.0 passer rating with 4 TD passes and 2 interceptions. After opponents had three games’ worth of film on him, Barkley threw 10 interceptions and 4 TD passes in his next three starts for a 66.0 passer rating. He also lost 2 fumbles on sacks.

The Bears and others will proceed more cautiously than the Houston Texans did last off-season when they signed unrestricted free agent Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million deal that included $37 million guaranteed. The Texans overspent for Osweiler after he had accumulated just seven mildly encouraging starts in four years with Broncos, and they wound up benching him. Osweiler finished 29th in the league with a disappointing 72.2 rating.

No. 4: Comparing apples and oranges in the NFL.

When the Philadelphia Eagles traded Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings just before the start of the 2016 season, they got a first-round pick this year and a fourth-rounder in 2018.

But the two situations are not comparable. The Vikings were in panic mode after Teddy Bridgewater went down with an injury on the eve of what Minnesota expected would be a playoff season.

The Bears have no such reasonable expectations for next season, regardless of who is at quarterback.

More important, Bradford was the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, and a more proven commodity than Garoppolo.

Bradford had made 64 NFL starts before the Vikings traded for him, and had 54 TD passes vs. 31 interceptions in three seasons.

In 2013, the Kansas City Chiefs gave up a second-round pick (34th overall) and a conditional pick (which became a second-rounder) to the 49ers for Alex Smith. But Smith was 29 and had started 75 games, posting a 38-36-1 record. Smith also was a No. 1 overall pick (2005).

The Bears won’t be the only team interested in Garoppolo. The Browns (at No. 1), and the 49ers (No. 2) have critical needs at quarterback.

Still, it’s conceivable the Bears could offer their second-round pick this year (36th overall) and a fourth-rounder next year for Garoppolo.

That would allow Pace to draft a defensive difference-maker in the first round and also get a quarterback of the future who’s ready to play right now.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Video: Meet the Garoppolos

September 9, 2016 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

This coming Sunday, Jimmy Garoppolo will play the quarterback position for New England Patriots as they play the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ (8:30 pm EDT, 7:30 pm CDT, on NBC).

Tom Brady will miss the first four games as Patriots QB due to the NFL-imposed four-game Deflategate suspension.

In case you missed it, here is a video from the New England Patriots about their up-and-coming star, Jimmy Garoppolo. You get to travel to his quaint hometown of Arlington Heights, IL, meet the parents and brothers, see him drive his snappy new Chevy, and much more.

This exemplifies what a down-to-earth guy he is–as is his family. When he was drafted, it was the first time any of the family members had been to New York!

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Jimmy Garoppolo as Patriots Starting QB Suddenly a Reality

April 25, 2016 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory
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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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Judge Overturns Brady Suspension, Garoppolo Once Again Backup

September 3, 2015 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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 Sees First NFL Game Action, Impresses in Blowout loss to Chiefs

September 30, 2014 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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Jimmy Garoppolo made his first appearance in an NFL regular season game during the New England Patriots 41-14 blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. With about 8 minutes left in regulation Tom Brady threw his second interception of the game (the interception was returned for a touchdown). With the game out of reach at 41-7, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick made the decision to go with Garoppolo.

Garoppolo entered the game and drove the Patriots offense down the field for a touchdown. Garoppolo connected with all-pro tight end Rob Gronkowski for a 13-yard touchdown pass, which was the first NFL touchdown of Garoppolo’s career. Although the game was out of reach when Garoppolo entered, he was able to play two series with the offense and perform very well. While the second series stalled because of a bad penalty by the Patriots, Garoppolo finished the game with six out of seven passes completed for 70 yards and a touchdown. It was a nice showing for the rookie from Eastern Illinois University.

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“Obviously the first time, there’s obviously a bunch of learning experiences,” Garoppolo said. “Good experience in general to get that out of the way. We’ll go back, watch the tape, I’m sure there’s tons to learn from it.”

It was definitely not anticipated by Patriots’ fans that Garoppolo would see the field so soon in the season, but the offense hasn’t performed up to par and there has been a lot of criticism of Tom Brady. Through four games this season, Brady has only completed 43 percent of passes greater than five yards, which is second worst in the NFL behind Buffalo Bills QB E.J. Manuel. The Bills announced earlier this week that Manuel will be benched. The pass protection also hasn’t been there for Brady, who has already been sacked 10 times through four games. Clearly, the Patriots offense needs to step up, or Garoppolo could see more time in upcoming games.

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There was also some buzz about Brady not congratulating Garoppolo when he came off the field after the Patriots touchdown drive, as other Patriots players and coaches gathered around him to show some love. However, this shouldn’t be seen as a big deal because Brady often spends time by himself on the sideline, especially during losing games. During the postgame press conference, a reporter even asked Belichick if he would “Evaluate the quarterback position”. The coach snickered to himself and shook his head to indicate “No”, a clear sign that Brady’s job isn’t in danger. It seems Garoppolo knows his role on the team too.

“I’m a relief pitcher, pretty much, so that’s my job,” Garoppolo said. “Go out there and put plays together. That’s all you can do at that point.”

Garoppolo may be a relief pitcher for now, but with the Patriots struggling mightily, he may be playing in more games this season. Keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more news and updates!

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Jimmy Garoppolo Continues Success in Patriots’ Preseason and Camp

August 21, 2014 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

Jimmy Garoppolo continues to shine in the preseason and in training camp for the New England Patriots. He even moved up to second on the quarterback depth chart for the Patriots’ second preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Garoppolo took over for starting quarterback Tom Brady late in the 1st quarter and immediately started showing that his impressive efforts in the first preseason game weren’t just a flash in the pan. Garoppolo threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to fullback James Develin to put the Patriots up 14-7 with 2:39 left in the 1st quarter. He then continued his solid play with a good drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon LaFell.

Although Garoppolo didn’t lead the Patriots on any more scoring drives in the 2nd quarter, he also didn’t have any turnovers for the second preseason game in a row, which is a valuable thing for any NFL quarterback.

“I felt good going into this game, had a good week of practice,” Garoppolo said after the game. “Going against another team always brings out the competitive spirit in everyone, so I thought our whole team had a good week this week.”

Another surprise element the Patriots sprung on Garoppolo was not telling him exactly when he would enter the game. This was a tactic used to simulate an in-game injury situation to get the rookie used to conditions in the NFL. Garoppolo took it in stride.

“They kind of just threw me in there, it was kind of a last minute thing,” he said. “But you always have to be ready. Whenever the opportunity comes you have to take advantage of it.”

Garoppolo and the Patriots will take on the Carolina Panthers at home in Gillette Stadium on Friday, August 22 at 7:30 PM EST. Meanwhile, he continues to impress in practice for the Patriots everyday. He was reported as having shaky practices when he first got reps in training camp, but after a good performance in the Patriots’ first preseason game he seems to have gained confidence with each rep he takes. Garoppolo knows he has to keep getting better, but it’s clear he’s getting more comfortable in the Patriots system; he says the game is slowing down for him.

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“Each day is easier and easier. I’m trying to learn more and more with the offense as we pick it up,” he said. “It’s one of those things, if you keep getting better and better, it’s gonna slow down. It goes hand-in-hand.”

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Jimmy Garoppolo’s First NFL Game

August 8, 2014 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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Jimmy Garoppolo shined in his NFL debut Thursday, completing 9 of 13 passes for 157 yards and the New England Patriots’ only touchdown of the night during a 23-6 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins.

Garoppolo is currently 3rd on the Patriots’ QB depth chart behind starter Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett. But with Brady sitting out the team’s first preseason game, Mallett struggled in the first half against the Redskins’ starting defense. Garoppolo stepped in to play the entire second half, and was finally able to get the offense going.

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Garoppolo completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brian Tyms late in the fourth quarter to help the Patriots avoid a shutout. Garoppolo also had a couple of good offensive drives stall in the third quarter because of a fumble and a failed fourth down conversion. Although the Patriots lost the game, there were a lot of positives for the offense, especially for Garoppolo. He didn’t want to give himself too much credit, though.

“I did all right. There is a lot of stuff to improve on. It’s a process,” Garoppolo said “For any rookie quarterback, there’s a lot to learn from. We’ll go watch the tape and go fix those things.” He added, “The offense, we struggled at times today, but we were clicking at times, too.”

It was also the first NFL game that Garoppolo has ever attended, and it was a special event for the quarterback and his family.

“It was really cool,” Garoppolo said. “Parents, brothers, grandpa were all here. They got to see it and I haven’t seen them in a while; it was a great experience.”

Garoppolo will look to build on his offensive success in the first Patriots’ home game this preseason against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, August 19th.

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