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Garoppolo Ready to Start Week 1 as Patriots Await Brady Decision

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

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: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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

- Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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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: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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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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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Mallett Traded to Texans, Garoppolo now officially Patriots’ backup QB

September 1, 2014 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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The New England Patriots traded quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans for a conditional draft pick on Sunday, securing Jimmy Garoppolo’s spot as the Patriots’ backup quarterback. Mallett had seen limited action in the preseason so far, and Garoppolo’s strong training camp and preseason game performance made him a clear favorite to be the backup to Tom Brady. The draft pick could either be a 6th round pick or 7th round pick for the 2015 NFL Draft depending on the Texans’ performance this season.

Mallett was never a factor in the three seasons with the Patriots, seeing very little game action even when the team was far ahead in games and could use backup players. He had long been rumored to be on the trading block, and his trade to the Texans reunites him with former Patriots’ assistant coach Bill O’Brien who is the new Texans head coach. Mallett could see time as a starter in Houston, although he likely won’t be inserted in that position immediately.

The move signals that the Patriots are trusting Garoppolo fully with the backup QB spot, as they will only carry two quarterbacks on the roster for now in Brady and Garoppolo. The rookie from Eastern Illinois University has a lot to learn, but will likely be groomed to be the eventual Patriots starting quarterback when Tom Brady retires. This is an unprecedented move for Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, who doesn’t usually give a lot of responsibility to rookies unless in a dire situation. The team had flexibility at the position, and clearly chose Garoppolo because of his abilities and potential to improve.

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Garoppolo got the opportunity to start and play in an entire preseason game on Thursday, August 28th and had a solid performance. He completed 22 of 42 passes for 284 yards for one touchdown and one interception (his first turnover of the preseason). Garoppolo threw the deep ball well, connecting with wide receiver Aaron Dobson for a 33-yard touchdown pass in the 2nd quarter. However, he struggled at times throwing shorter routes. Garoppolo will need to work on his short accuracy in practice this preseason.

Garoppolo has come a long way in just a few weeks of the Patriots’ training camp and preseason. He’s proven a lot of people wrong already, and it’s clear that he has a future in the NFL as a quarterback. His work ethic and ability to improve will determine whether he becomes a starter eventually or stays a backup. It’s clear though: the top players in the Patriots’ organization trust Garoppolo in his role. This is a big responsibility for Garoppolo but it’s also a great position to be in as a quarterback. We’ll track Garoppolo’s progress throughout the season so keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for 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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