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Jimmy Garoppolo | Quarterback

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (23) / 11/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
College: Eastern Illinois
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Second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo has won the Patriots' backup quarterback job.
Garoppolo was detested in draftnik circles, but played exceptionally well this preseason, completing 46-of-79 passes for 618 yards (7.8 YPA), five touchdowns, and one interception. He did take something of a step back in New England's preseason finale, but ultimately was the better option over Ryan Mallett. In the Patriots' high-octane offense, Garoppolo would be worth grabbing in fantasy leagues if something happened to Tom Brady. Garoppolo deserves to be bumped up Dynasty league rankings. Aug 31 - 2:26 PM

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Jimmy Garoppolo will start Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, and play "most of the game, if not all of it."

Reporter Mike Reiss believes Garoppolo could "ascend to the No. 2 job over Ryan Mallett" with a strong performance. Garoppolo has looked better this preseason than Mallett ever has in August. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Pats are still shopping Mallett. The writing is on the wall for Mallett in New England.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 28 - 3:56 PM

Jimmy Garoppolo completed 9-of-12 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' third preseason game.

Garoppolo saw more playing time than Ryan Mallett, but was the third quarterback through the rotation Friday night. Garoppolo has been more poised in the pocket than he was in college throughout the entire preseason, and continued to look calm under pressure against the Panthers. Garoppolo has completed 24-of-37 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns this preseason.
Aug 22 - 11:06 PM

Working with the second-team offense, rookie Jimmy Garoppolo completed 6-of-12 passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns in New England's second preseason game Friday night.

Working ahead of Ryan Mallett, Garoppolo led two scoring drives and looked comfortable running the offense. He appears to be the favorite to back up Tom Brady this season. Garoppolo is 14-for-24 with three TDs and no picks this preseason.
Aug 15 - 9:43 PM

Playing the entire second half, second-round rookie Jimmy Garoppolo completed 8-of-12 passes for 141 passes and a touchdown in the Patriots' preseason opener.

The obvious disclaimer is that Garoppolo was playing against the Redskins' second- and third-string defenses, but he looked far better than Ryan Mallett. Garoppolo's score was a beautifully-lofted, 26-yard strike to Brian Tyms with 1:23 remaining. He displayed a much better feel for the pocket than Mallett, and was more accurate at the intermediate-to-deep levels. If Garoppolo wasn't putting heat on Mallett for No. 2 duties before, he is now.
Aug 7 - 10:22 PM

Patriots signed No. 62 overall pick QB Jimmy Garoppolo to a four-year contract.

Recently deemed "disaster insurance" by owner Bob Kraft, Garoppolo won't be taking meaningful snaps any time soon. A good athlete with average arm strength, Garoppolo was highly efficient in a quick-hitting college spread offense, but often struggled when pressured. He also lacks ideal hand size (9 1/4"), and will have to rework his lower-body mechanics.
Jun 2 - 3:37 PM

Appearing on NFL Network, Patriots owner Robert Kraft called second-round QB Jimmy Garoppolo "disaster insurance."

Kraft went on to say he hopes it's a "long time" before Garoppolo has to play. Tom Brady is signed through 2017, but going on 37. Even players as good as Brady can suddenly fall off a cliff at that age.
May 29 - 8:42 PM

No. 62 overall pick Jimmy Garoppolo said he hasn't thought about eventually replacing Tom Brady.

We see it as a poor bet to ever happen. Brady is signed through 2017 and Garoppolo's rookie contract will expire in 2017. Furthermore, the Eastern Illinois product brings pocket presence, arm strength and hand size questions to the table. Ryan Mallett has attempted four passes since the Patriots took him in the third round of the 2011 draft.
May 14 - 11:25 AM

Patriots selected Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo with the No. 62 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Garoppolo (6-foot-2 1/4, 226) made 45 starts for the D-IAA Panthers, compiling a 23-22 record and eclipsing many of fellow former EIU quarterbacks Tony Romo and Sean Payton's passing marks. Garoppolo was voted FCS Player of the Year as a senior. A good athlete with average arm strength, Garoppolo was highly efficient in a quick-hitting college spread offense, but often struggled when pressured, lacks ideal hand size (9 1/4"), and will have to rework his lower-body mechanics. If Garoppolo is supposed to eventually take over for Tom Brady, the offense could focus on quick passes unless some major development takes place.
May 9 - 9:21 PM

Appearing from Vikings headquarters on SportsCenter, ESPN's Bob Holtzman said he's heard Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo's name mentioned.

Holtzman said the Vikings are leaning toward defense with the No. 8 overall pick, which shouldn't be a surprise under new defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer. The quarterback position could be addressed in Round 2 or 3 with Garoppolo, who was in Minnesota for a private workout back on April 11. Under that scenario, Garoppolo could develop for a year behind stop-gap Matt Cassel.
May 8 - 5:33 PM

According to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, "some teams" have Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo rated ahead of Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater on their draft boards.

Brandt believes there's a "possibility" Garoppolo is selected before Bridgewater, which would send the draftnik community into a tailspin. Brandt acknowledges a team doing so, "might be (making a) mistake." Garoppolo generated a lot of buzz early in the draft process, but lacks a powerful arm and struggles when pressured. Bridgewater is noticeably comfortable when faced with chaos.
Apr 29 - 8:00 PM

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo is among the 30 players who will attend next month's draft in person.

It's a record number of prospects. The league typically only invites players viewed as first-round picks, but this year's higher number guarantees multiple players will linger into Friday. Garoppolo is perhaps the most-surprising name on the list. His pre-draft buzz has cooled considerably in recent weeks.
Apr 22 - 7:53 PM

Speaking to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, a scout compared Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo to Matt Hasselbeck.

"You can win with him," was the scout's succinct summary. Garoppolo is considered a first-round dark horse, but will almost certainly slide to day two. SI's Peter King reported Monday that the Jaguars "really like" Garoppolo. Garoppolo has drawn kudos for his footwork and release, but struggles when chaos comes to the pocket. Standing in at 6-foot-2, 219 pounds, there are also questions about his arm strength.
Apr 14 - 4:04 PM

According to SI's Peter King, the Jaguars "really like" Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

King is hearing that four QB-needy teams (Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland) are "strongly considering" passing on the position with their first picks and waiting for round two. Perhaps that's why there's so much buzz around guys like Garoppolo and Pittsburgh's Tom Savage right now. Garoppolo, from the same college as Tony Romo, has a lightning-quick release but gets noticeably rattled in the pocket and has some arm strength questions at 6'2/219.
Source: SI.com
Apr 14 - 9:11 AM

Former Colts GM Bill Polian projects Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo as a first-round pick.

It's unclear if that means Polian believes Garoppolo is deserving of a first-round pick, or will be a first-rounder. Either way, it's a fanciful prediction from the man who oversaw the decline of the Colts. Standing in at 6-foot-2, 219 pounds, Garoppolo has been praised for his footwork and release, but faces major questions about his arm strength. He's generally considered a mid-round prospect. For what it's worth, CBS' Dane Brugler believes it's "possible" Garoppolo will be a first-rounder.
Feb 24 - 4:01 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Garrett Gilbert
RB1Shane Vereen
2LeGarrette Blount
3Jonas Gray
4Brandon Bolden
5James White
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Brandon Bolden
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brian Tyms
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
4Steve Maneri
K1Stephen Gostkowski