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Garoppolo Shines in Debut as Patriots Starter; Patriots down Cardinals 23-21

September 12, 2016 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

Jimmy Garoppolo was stellar in his first game filling in for suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, completing 24-33 passes for 264 yards and one touchdown. The Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals went back and forth all game, but Garoppolo was able to drive the team down the field late in the 4th quarter before kicker Stephen Gostkowski came in to kick what would be the game-winning field goal. From there, the Patriots defense forced the Cardinals to attempt a long field goal, which was missed. Garoppolo then took a knee to run out the clock and seal the victory.

The game went in Arizona’s favor early, as a sack of Garoppolo forced him to fumble. Arizona’s Chandler Jones recovered the fumble, which led to a Cardinals touchdown. Despite the early setback, Garoppolo was able to bounce back and make great plays for the Patriots all over the field. While the Patriots are generally known for having a deep passing game when Brady is under center, it would appear that Head Coach Bill Belichick adjusted the gameplan for Garoppolo. Many of the Patriots’ offensive drives included more running plays than passing plays, and when Garoppolo did pass he threw short or mid-range strikes. Despite this, the Patriots still moved the ball very efficiently. Garoppolo’s biggest strength in this game was his effectiveness on 3rd down. Garoppolo completed 8 of 10 3rd down throws and converted seven of those throws for first downs. Arizona has a lot of weapons on offense, including future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and a key part of the gameplan with Garoppolo was to keep the Patriots offense on the field so Arizona’s offense would have fewer chances to score. Despite Fitzgerald’s 2 touchdown catches and a late push by the Cardinals’ offense down the field, the Patriots were able to hang on and get the victory.

The spotlight was squarely on Garoppolo after the game, but instead of basking in it Garoppolo was quick to give most of the credit to his teammates and coaches. It is clear that Garoppolo isn’t going to be a cocky kind of guy when leading this Patriots team.

“Whoever’s out there on the field, we have a lot of confidence in one another, and that means a lot to us,” Garoppolo said. “The coaching staff did a great job simplifying plays for us on third down. It makes things a lot easier for all of us when you have coaching like that.”

While many experts didn’t pick the Patriots to win this game, it seems as if there might be more believers in Garoppolo than there were before the opening kickoff. There will now be even more scrutiny on Garoppolo when the Patriots face off against the Miami Dolphins next week in Massachusetts. While he won’t have as tough of an opponent as Arizona’s defense was, there will be increased pressure for Garoppolo to build on his success from this game. Many people were unsure of Garoppolo’s skill level coming into the season since he hadn’t played much time in meaningful games. As of the time this article was published, Jimmy Garoppolo is trending on Twitter. It just goes to show how much it means to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. If Garoppolo keeps playing this well in the team’s next three games, there may be other NFL teams that try to trade for Garoppolo to make him their starter. Anything is possible, but for now it’s really cool to see a kid like Garoppolo get to live his dream.

Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots will look to add to their momentum coming off Sunday night’s huge win when they battle the Dolphins next week in the Patriots’ home opener at Gillette Stadium. The Game starts at 1 pm EST on Sunday, September 18th. Be sure to keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more news and updates on the up and coming QB.

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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 Ready to Start Week 1 as Patriots Await Brady Decision

- 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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NFL Upholds Brady’s Suspension, Case Headed to Court

July 29, 2015 - 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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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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Garoppolo Battles for Backup Job as Mallett Trade Rumors Swirl

August 25, 2014 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

Jimmy Garoppolo has had an impressive preseason both in practice and in game action. He’s continued to show that he can take care of the ball and run the Patriots offense when he’s called on. Many around the league are starting to take notice of Garoppolo, too. There’s a good chance that the kid from Eastern Illinois University could be the backup behind Tom Brady as early as the start of this season.

Garoppolo has been praised for not turning the ball over this preseason, as well as running an efficient offense and converting on scoring drives in each of his first three preseason games. Now with a major injury to a starting NFL quarterback, there’s a chance Garoppolo could be all alone as the backup quarterback for the Patriots. The St. Louis Rams reported Sunday that their starting quarterback Sam Bradford tore his ACL for the second season in a row and is now out for the season. This has already started trade rumors and at the center of them has been Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett.

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Mallett has had a decent preseason, but he’s only taken reps as the backup quarterback for a small amount of time. He’s been at third on the depth chart the rest of the time, as Garoppolo continues to show that he can be counted on to run the offense if Tom Brady ever were to go down with an injury. Mallett was regarded as a possible starting quarterback in years past, but he has regressed a bit this year. The rumors involving Mallett involve the Patriots getting a draft pick in return. This would be an ideal situation for the Rams, who don’t want to give up too much for a replacement player like Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has also been involved in trade rumors.

Meanwhile, the Patriots announced on Monday that Garoppolo will start the team’s fourth preseason game, and possibly play for the entire game. This is a huge opportunity for Garoppolo to show what he has in an extended sample size, and it’s also an indication that the team isn’t too concerned about evaluating Mallett very much further. The last preseason game is generally a time for the backup players to showcase their talent, so all eyes will be on Garoppolo as he tries to cement his status as fulltime backup quarterback. The team hasn’t made an official announcement on who the backup will be, but almost all signs point to Garoppolo.

Garoppolo had another great preseason effort last Friday against the Carolina Panthers. He completed nine out of twelve passes that included a touchdown pass to Taylor McCuller in the fourth quarter. Showing a veteran-like presence, he again committed no turnovers in the game. Although Mallett did get backup quarterback reps in this game, it was the same scenario Garoppolo faced last week when he was unexpectedly inserted into the game early. Mallett only attempted three passes in his time in the game, so the team still seems focused on Garoppolo as a backup.

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This is a big week of practice and obviously a big preseason game for Garoppolo. Although he’s played very well this preseason, he still hasn’t officially earned the backup job for the Patriots. It will take a big effort in practice and a good game for Garoppolo to gain the spot. Keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more updates and information on the Garoppolo’s progress.

 

 

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