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Jimmy Garoppolo follows Tom Brady in first half against Eagles


With Tom Brady not playing, the Patriots started Ryan Mallett in their preseason opener.

Brady was back on Friday night against the Eagles and played two series in the first quarter before heading to the bench. Mallett wasn’t the man replacing him, though.

Second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo got the call, playing with remnants of the first offense against the first stringers with the Eagles after an Ifeanyi Momah fumble on the Eagles’ first offensive play of the night. The rookie went 2-for-2 on the drive, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to fullback James Develin.

There are multiple possible reasons for why Garoppolo played ahead of Mallett, including the desire to see him against a starting defense and the fact that Mallett missed practice time this week with a knee injury. There’s also the possibility that the Patriots just think he’s a better player and want him to be Brady’s primary backup during the 2014 season.

Chances are that Bill Belichick, who drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty earlier in the first quarter, won’t be forthcoming with the information, but there’s a good chance it’s the last option if things stay the same next week.

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32 Responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo follows Tom Brady in first half against Eagles”
  1. ctiggs says: Aug 15, 2014 8:29 PM

    BUST #NObodyhasitbetter

  2. ytownjoe says: Aug 15, 2014 8:33 PM

    Mallet may be available for a high draft pick?

  3. jdog5428 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:35 PM

    The flags will not be like this for the regular season. If they are, people will stop watching – it is that bad.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 15, 2014 8:35 PM

    As a typical non-Pats fan this pains me to say, but Jimmy G. looks like he has all the tools to continue the Patriots winning ways post Brady.

  5. jaxairsupport says: Aug 15, 2014 8:35 PM

    Omg trade Mallett already. But for real the kid looks like a player.

  6. thelastwordyaheard says: Aug 15, 2014 8:38 PM

    Jimmy is the Rodgers to Brady’s Favre.. the dynasty continues uninterrupted in Beantown

  7. bospat says: Aug 15, 2014 8:42 PM

    Jimmy Garrapolo = Steve Young…Patriot way will
    continue haters!

  8. rrhoe says: Aug 15, 2014 8:42 PM

    The Eagles defense stinks,anybody would look good.

  9. winninaintsinnin says: Aug 15, 2014 8:43 PM

    The flags will not be like this for the regular season. If they are, people will stop watching – it is that bad

    I switched to baseball.

    That’s desperation.

  10. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:45 PM

    Jimmy G is a quality QB, he will be a great future starter in this league.

  11. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Aug 15, 2014 8:46 PM

    Jimmy is nasty, I remember the rumors that The Texans were PISSED that the Pats snagged him. Really really wish he was on our team.

  12. bigwii says: Aug 15, 2014 8:52 PM

    Looks like the best rookie QB so far, Pats might of found the heir to the throne.

  13. Wineshard says: Aug 15, 2014 9:17 PM

    I love how the Pats fans say that the Brady pick six was only pre-season and to get over it. Now with the wunderkind playing well in pre-season he is the second coming of Aaron Rodgers or Steve Young.

    Gotta love it.

  14. familyjoool says: Aug 15, 2014 9:19 PM

    That’s Jimmy Football to you “experts”…………

  15. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:40 PM

    The headline should be “Sanchez goes 11-12.” What kind of non-sense is that?

  16. gayforbrady says: Aug 15, 2014 9:46 PM

    Thank god I’m not a jets fan.

    All patriot quarterbacks are looking great.

    Heck even Sanchez is looking great.

  17. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 15, 2014 9:55 PM

    Ryan Mallett is a joke……. worth nothing as a pro QB, good option in no rush/no defense league… wasted pick

  18. jchipwood says: Aug 15, 2014 10:10 PM

    Really bospat? Good call. See the guy play one game and compare him to a hall of famer. Typical cheatriot fan.

  19. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 15, 2014 10:21 PM

    Cary Williams is mad he doesn’t have records like Brady does!

  20. melikefootball says: Aug 15, 2014 10:24 PM

    How sick is the NFL and the flags thrown in this game. How does the officials justify when they go to game one and not even half of the flags will be thrown. As some of the announcers for the Pats alluded to they have a quota of flags to be thrown. WOW is Gödel out there, no wonder fans watch and think something is up on how different games and teams are officiated.

  21. andyoursistertoo says: Aug 15, 2014 10:40 PM

    evil empire strikes again!!!

  22. scw1993 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:44 PM

    You don’t like ALL the flags….put the blame squarely where it belongs….on Mr. Wonderful in Denver who got steamrolled in the SB….he cries that he lost yet again, and big shocker the rules are changed.

  23. ozarkannie74 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:33 PM

    Dear Lord I help so!! He can spend his 3 years riding the pine – it’s time for Mallett, like so many others who waited behind Brady, to get his own team and show his talents in so many ways. He throws long, and he throws good, but that’s not the Patriot way cause Brady can’t throw long, so none of the plays fit the Mallett way. I just can’t wait to see him play again – I know he’s learned a lot behind Brady and Belechik, but it’s time for him to move one – as long as Brady is alive, no one, and I mean no one, no matter how good they are, is going to have any playing time in the season games.
    So, please let the little Italian guy take Mallett’s place and let Mallett move on and start his football career.

  24. ejvyas says: Aug 16, 2014 12:12 AM

    This is just the preseason – dont make Jimmy a one game wonder! We should see him play like this consistently.

    Now I know why the defense was pathetic last year – Mallett seems terrible…

  25. pastabelly says: Aug 16, 2014 5:29 AM

    I like Jimmy, but still don’t understand the pick since Brady has three more very good years left in him. Instead of getting more weapons to help Brady and maximize his final years, they invested for after Brady is gone. Tom Bradys just don’t come around too often in the NFL. Of course, I’ll eat my words if Brady gets hurt and I wouldn’t mind seeing Mallet cut.

  26. jaxairsupport says: Aug 16, 2014 8:50 AM

    Mallett did real good, made the correct audibles and showcased himself as a pro last night. Jimmy g has a future but is a ways away from being a starter. Mallett ultimately may be no better than Henne but IMO Henne is rounding into a good pro so I have hope for Mallett to do the same when he gets on a team where he’s allowed to compete for the starting job.

  27. ncphinsfan says: Aug 16, 2014 9:54 AM

    This game was outright rediculious with penalties, but as usual the Pats benefitted from most of them . It was funny to listen to the Pats Announcers (Homers) complain about all the Flags and then follow seconds later when a Pass Interferece call keeps a 3rd and 8 drive goung for them.

    The only thing I learned about the Pats and Eagles is that NEITHER Team has any Defense. Jeez…

  28. tedmurph says: Aug 16, 2014 10:15 AM

    The only thing I learned about the Pats and Eagles is that NEITHER Team has any Defense. Jeez…

    The Eagles didn’t score a point on the Pats D until about 3.5 mins left in the 1rst half. That was after they blocked a punt and started on the pats 30 yrd line. Keep wishing phinfan.

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:49 AM

    Wineshard says:

    I love how the Pats fans say that the Brady pick six was only pre-season and to get over it.

    Ummm, you do know that the “receiver” Brady was throwing to on that play was a converted Olineman who signed with the Pats 5 or 6 days ago and is not a pass catcher don’t you ? You do know he wasn’t even looking for the ball or anything but a deer in the headlights out of place right ?

    Guess not. But he, hate with ignorance is so much easier than knowing what you’re talking about.

    ncphinsfan says:

    This game was outright rediculious with penalties, but as usual the Pats benefitted from most of them .

    Believe that Pats had one more penalty than the Eagles did this game. Not sure how that makes the Pats “benefit from most of them” but hey, as I said above, its so much easier to hate in ignorance than know what you’re talking about.

  30. TheWizard says: Aug 16, 2014 12:50 PM

    Mallet may be available for a high draft pick?

    Mid round pick would be my guess. I don’t see anybody giving up a 1 or 2 on the guy.

    Trade Mallet tomorrow, bring in Tebow again to be #3 and take snaps in the 4th preseason game.

  31. irishlad19 says: Aug 16, 2014 3:25 PM

    Little early to be anointing him as the next Brady, isn’t it?

  32. simonator917 says: Aug 16, 2014 4:17 PM

    As a Raiders fan, IMO, the Pats will lose very little when Jimmy G replaces Brady.

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