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Jimmy Garoppolo expected to play most, if not all, of preseason finale

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The Patriots want to take one more long look at quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo before setting their 53-man roster over the weekend.

Garoppolo will start on Thursday night against the Giants and is expected to play most, if not all, of the game. Garoppolo has completed 64.9 percent of his passes over the first three preseason games and will be looking to continue his strong case for the second spot on the depth chart.

“I’m excited about it,” Garoppolo said, via ESPN.com. “It’s a good opportunity to get out there and get some quality reps. It’s going to be fun.”

If he does go the distance, Ryan Mallett, last year’s No. 2 quarterback, will be left without a chance to make a final impression before cutdown day. He also wouldn’t be in position to get hurt, something that could help if another team were to come calling with a trade offer for the former third-round pick before Saturday’s deadline to get to 53 players. There’s been talk about such interest over the last couple of years, but Mallett’s uneven preseason performance may not have helped push things closer to fruition.

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  1. dioxinblues says: Aug 25, 2014 1:45 PM

    Auditioning for the Rams?

  2. thepftpoet says: Aug 25, 2014 1:46 PM

    QB Comparisons from this draft class:

    Jimmy Garoppolo = Philip Rivers.
    Blake Bortles = Ben Roethlisberger.
    Teddy Bridgewater = Warren Moon. (Teddy will be a future hall of Famer)
    Johnny Manziel = Bust.

  3. stableinnh says: Aug 25, 2014 1:51 PM

    FRESH PARTIOTS POST!!!!

    Cue the spygate trolls in 3….2….1….

  4. motobus says: Aug 25, 2014 1:53 PM

    The dude looked really good against the eagles.

  5. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 25, 2014 1:56 PM

    This guy has been more impressive than bortles i know it is not saying much but he is the 2nd best QB in AFC EAST

  6. bassplucker says: Aug 25, 2014 1:58 PM

    A lot of people think this kid will be one of the top 2 or 3 NFL QBs to come out of this class. IF he can stick with the Pats and get mentoring from Brady, I could see it happening.

  7. bullcharger says: Aug 25, 2014 1:59 PM

    Garoppolo is good. I think they can safely let Mallett go somewhere. That said, if the Rams don’t want him, then I think the Patriots will probably keep him for the year instead of outright releasing him.

  8. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 25, 2014 2:04 PM

    Much better than Mallet.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 25, 2014 2:06 PM

    The agonizing thing for Ryan is that he only has to complete two short passes in a row to double his 25% career completion rate. It’s on his bucket list.

  10. bucrightoff says: Aug 25, 2014 2:07 PM

    Certainly better than any QB on the Browns or Vikings.

  11. ezmoover says: Aug 25, 2014 2:14 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Aug 25, 2014 1:46 PM
    QB Comparisons from this draft class:

    Jimmy Garoppolo = Philip Rivers.
    Blake Bortles = Ben Roethlisberger.
    Teddy Bridgewater = Warren Moon. (Teddy will be a future hall of Famer)
    Johnny Manziel = Bust.

    ****************************************

    ^ Completely and Totally Clueless

    Jimmy G has a lightening quick release. Rivers has one of the slowest, most elongated releases in NFL history.

    The only similarity between Teddy B and Moon is their ethnicity.

    Johnny F will either be Flutie 2.0 or Steve Young 2.0. Time will tell.

  12. j0esixpack says: Aug 25, 2014 2:16 PM

    The Rams may want to take the chance Mallet would be cut but are risking another team wanting to see him close up as a backup for a season

    Mallet wouldn’t be able to step in and start for the Rams week 1 but give him a month or two and try him out before free agency makes sense

  13. thelastwordyaheard says: Aug 25, 2014 2:18 PM

    Jimmy Football > Johnny Football

  14. 6ball says: Aug 25, 2014 2:23 PM

    .
    Before this season is over, someone will give this 6’6′ 240lb QB an opportunity. Coming out of college, all agreed that he could make all the throws. Now he’s had time to study and learn under Brady. A few series in the preseason cannot be the sole indicator of a players ability.
    .

  15. youreinthejunglebaby says: Aug 25, 2014 2:25 PM

    Excited to see this game. Dude looks legit.

  16. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Aug 25, 2014 2:27 PM

    i think belichick sees this guy as his starter post brady; so he’s going nowhere.

    mallet, on the other hand, has become dispensable, as i don’t think they are going to carry 3 qbs. bb will hold on til the last minute, hoping for a draft pick for him.

  17. Florio_Jr. says: Aug 25, 2014 2:28 PM

    Mallet is so overrated. Media needs to hop off him. Who would trade for him besides Raiders and Texans, oblivious franchises.

  18. surfinbird1 says: Aug 25, 2014 2:29 PM

    Jimmy G. is the best qb taken in the draft bar none. Still love the way Belichick suckered Bill O’Brian into thinking the Patriots had found their next Brady with all their talk about Savage. Then Bill grabs Jimmy in the 2nd. Gotta love it.

  19. bassplucker says: Aug 25, 2014 2:33 PM

    Jimmy G. isn’t like Phillip Rivers in any way. He’s closer to Drew Bress physically but with a Marino-fast release as others here have noted.

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 25, 2014 2:40 PM

    Garoppolo looks relaxed and comfortable on the field. His release is very fast and the speed of the nfl game, at least the preseason version, has not caused him problems. Sees the field well to find the open receiver.

    Could be the best of this year’s rookie QB class

  21. n0hopeleft says: Aug 25, 2014 2:55 PM

    Gronk87…. How many Superbowls has Rob Gronkowski won?

    I only remember him getting beat by CHASE BLACKBURN.

  22. jchipwood says: Aug 25, 2014 2:56 PM

    Plays two PRESEASON games vs. NONSTARTERS and already he’s a great qb says every patriots fan. Prove it in the season when it counts.

  23. bullcharger says: Aug 25, 2014 3:04 PM

    Garoppolo definitely made throws I haven’t seen from one rookie player so far this year and his release reminds me of Marino. Long way to go, but he’s decent.

    Hopefully Brady gets the job done in one of his last few seasons, and we can worry about Garoppolo after that.

  24. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Aug 25, 2014 3:05 PM

    I don’t know teddy Bridgewater could be a Troy Smith, Geno smith, or EJ Manuel

  25. brownsclown says: Aug 25, 2014 3:10 PM

    During this classic matchup it is anticipated that Mike Dumbturdi, the former Cleveland GM, will flawlessly deliver seven snack trays and over 80 bottles of Gatorade to the NE coaching staff adding to his NFL legacy!

  26. uglydingo says: Aug 25, 2014 3:30 PM

    The Ryan Mallett era in New England lasted longer than the Tim Tebow era but it may be over before we even knew it got started.
    Classic example of being drafted by the wrong team because he’s behind a top QB and never getting much of an opportunity.
    Mallett needs to find another team. Take notice of this Garoppolo. Brady is 37 but he will starve you for the next 3 – 4 years as well.

  27. tedmurph says: Aug 25, 2014 3:41 PM

    Lombardi was in Cleveland for one yr. He got the starting QB, Hoyer for nothing, after the previous regime had drafted McCoy and Weedon. Then he gets a 1rst round pk for TRichardson. The new regime in Cleveland then takes that 1rst rnd pk, adds a 3rd rnder, to trade up for Manziell. But I guess Lombardi’s the dumb one, right?

  28. gofor2with3pointlead says: Aug 25, 2014 4:17 PM

    Thanks for proving me right once again Patriots fans. Everyone of you is a football oracle and you all went to Harvard or MIT. I’ll admit it, I’d take Minnie Driver for a ride but Good Will Hunting, while entertaining, was a work of fiction.

  29. mornelithe says: Aug 25, 2014 4:21 PM

    Before this season is over, someone will give this 6’6′ 240lb QB an opportunity. Coming out of college, all agreed that he could make all the throws. Now he’s had time to study and learn under Brady. A few series in the preseason cannot be the sole indicator of a players ability.

    ———————————————–

    Here’s the problem, he CAN make the throws, he’s got a cannon for an arm. The problem is consistency, and over the past _4 years_, in which he’s actually played a decent number of series in pre-season games, the same problem keeps arising. He’ll make a perfect throw, followed by balls in the dirt, or skied over receivers heads.

    That is not what you want from your field General. The fact that Jimmy G. has already passed him on the depth chart, having only had the playbook at his disposal for such a short period, should be pretty telling.

    I hope he can figure out his consistency problems, but failing that, he’s just not a NFL caliber QB.

  30. Ridley Me This says: Aug 25, 2014 6:47 PM

    My prediction: mallet and boldin to rams for 3rd.

  31. tedmurph says: Aug 25, 2014 7:04 PM

    Let me know if they need a ride to the airport.

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