Garoppolo Looking Solid So Far
By David Smith
Since Tom Brady is out for the first 4 games, and can’t operate scissors apparently, we got a long look at Jimmy Garoppolo thus far into pre-season.
I wrote a while back that I thought Garoppolo was the second best QB in the AFC East (behind Tom Brady, of course), and it appears as though I may be right. Let’s hope so, at least…
The reason I say that Jimmy G is the second best is because he’s putting up solid numbers in the preseason against the starting defenses of his opponents. I know that the defenses are vanilla, but I mean he literally had no idea he was starting in the second game and he performed really well. That’s got to count for something.
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Garoppolo also is playing without half of his offensive starters. You have to remember that Rob Gronk, Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola all haven’t seen action. He’s been relying on LeGarrette Blount, the newly acquired wide receiver Chris Hogan and tight end Martellus Bennett. If that was all Brady had to work with I’m sure his numbers wouldn’t be eye-popping either. Give Jimmy time and the full arsenal that he should have and I bet he’ll have fairly staggering numbers.
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Honestly, I see Garoppolo going no worse than 2-2 in the 4 games he’ll play. I don’t even know how Brady would fare in Arizona the first week. That would depend on everyone’s health. Now don’t get me wrong, I think Brady would find a way to come up clutch, but Garoppolo has the chance to do well, I just don’t think he can overcome everything, especially in his first start…. at least not yet.
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It will be fun to watch Jimmy G in competitive regular season action for the first team, that’s for sure.