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05/12/14 - Garoppolo will now be backing up a guy he's followed pretty closely from afar. The second-round pick was clearly excited to be joining a depth chart behind Brady. "He was always the guy I emulated my game after," Garoppolo said of his favorite player. "It's crazy being able to go to Boston and learn from Tom, learn from coach Belichick and all the coaches and all the players. It's a great opportunity for a guy like me, a young player. I still have a lot to learn and I know that and I'm excited about it."
Garoppolo's situation in New England has drawn some comparisons to Aaron Rodgers' time backing up Bret Favre in Green Bay. The young passer is aware of how that worked out for the eager understudy. "I remember when that happened, (Rodgers) sitting in the draft room and everything - he waited a little while. It's a very similar scenario and it worked out very well for Aaron, so hopefully it will work out the same way for me," Garoppolo said. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo arrives in New England as the team's highest draft pick at the position since Drew Bledsoe was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. As a second-round selection, but from a smaller school like Eastern Illinois he'll clearly be given time to develop in the shadows of Tom Brady. But, for the first time head coach Bill Belichick acknowledged that the depth chart at quarterback is being formulated with the idea in mind that Brady won't be manning the starting role forever. "With the situation we have at quarterback, I think that we felt as an organization that we needed to address that to some degree in the future, so we'll see how all that works out but I think you're better off being early than late at that position," Belichick said after the Garoppolo selection.
Ryan Mallett has been Brady's backup for the past two seasons, but is heading into the final year of the rookie deal he signed as a third-round pick in 2011. Garoppolo clearly has a chance to vie for the primary backup job within a year and maybe much more than that down the road in Foxborough. "We know what Ryan's contract situation is. We know what Tom's age and contract situation is," Belichick said. "I don't think you want to have one quarterback on your team. I don't think that's responsible to the entire team or the organization." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 2/62 - Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 6-2, 226, Eastern Illinois...New England spent plenty of time working out quarterbacks prior to the draft and then targeted the highly productive Garoppolo as the man to likely replace Ryan Mallett as Tom Brady's backup and, down the road, maybe ascend to a potentially even greater role. Garoppolo has a quick release and good accuracy, but will have to transition from a lower level to the far more complex passing game in New England and the pro defenses he'll face. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 47/6. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois, 6-2, 226, 4.94, 2...Garoppolo created a buzz as he broke all of Tony Romo's career school records, as well as all of the Ohio Valley Conference passing records. Won the Walter Payton Award in 2013 after throwing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns. His career totals include 13,156 yards passing, 118 touchdowns in a pass-happy, shotgun offense that has not helped prepare him for the NFL. Frankly: Garoppolo can find receivers and fire the ball on target faster than you can say his name. Lighting release and frozen rope medium distance sideline passes are reminiscent of Dan Marino's lasers. This despite concerns about his size, short arms and small hands. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/14 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 49. Jimmy Garoppolo QB, Eastern Illinois (6-2, 226, 4.97, SR)...Although he struggles with pressure, Garoppolo has the quick process needed to get the ball out in a hurry with a snap release and strong understanding of the offense. He wins with his intelligence to retain and digest information with ease and execute on the field. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com