New England Patriots: 4 Risers and Fallers From Patriots OTAs
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB: Faller
Despite numerous trade rumors throughout the offseason, Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t had the spring most would’ve expected. The fourth-year passer started two games for New England in 2016, throwing for 502 yards and four touchdowns. Bearing an unforeseen injury, Garoppolo won’t have to worry about starting the Patriots 2017 season.
According to Mark Daniels, Garoppolo wasn’t on par with his fellow quarterbacks when the team started minicamp last week:
Doug Kyed also noted Garoppolo’s lackluster performance in his article ‘Seven Issues The Patriots Still Have To Solve After Three-Day Minicamp’:
"“Jimmy Garoppolo looked better last spring. In this minicamp, he completed just 55 percent of his passes in team drills, with two interceptions, and he was 17-of-40 in 11-on-11 drills. It would be a stretch to say Garoppolo struggled, but he was expected to take another giant step forward this spring, and he hasn’t thus far.” – Doug Kyed (@DougKyed)"
According to Mike Reiss, Garoppolo was limited during Tuesday’s OTA due to a leg injury:
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New England won’t ship Garoppolo to Cleveland because he didn’t turn heads in minicamp but a better showing over the summer could be beneficial as he enters the final year of his contract.