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Julian Edelman on Jimmy Garoppolo: He’s got Favre/Rodgers confidence

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 and wide receiver Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots lead their team to the field for the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Getty Images

There’s no shortage of intrigue about whether the Patriots will be looking to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason and one of the team’s players is doing his best to make sure that Garoppolo’s stock is as high as possible when and if discussions start on that front.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman spent a couple of games catching passes from Garoppolo to open the year and the combination of that experience and time spent together in practice has served to make a strong impression on the wideout.

“I’m not a paid G.M. so I don’t know the whole value thing. As far as a guy that I could play with every single day, Jimmy Garoppolo, I mean, the guy’s a stud,” Edelman said on NFL Network. “He went out and played in the regular season and he played very well. He’s got that kind of gunslinger confidence. That Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers kind of confidence. He practices hard, he prepares hard. He’s a good kid, he’s young. I think he’s a good player.”

There will likely be teams that share Edelman’s impression of Garoppolo, which will make the question about “the whole value thing” in terms of what the Patriots would get back in return for Tom Brady’s backup.

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  1. realpatsfan says: Feb 15, 2017 7:17 AM

    Good man, when you are done with Football I need a car salesman.

  2. skoobyfl says: Feb 15, 2017 7:17 AM

    Bill b let’s how many good ones go?

  3. Footballfanz says: Feb 15, 2017 7:23 AM

    Thats all it takes to be a great qb in NE. You dont need a great arm, all they do is toss high percentage screens and slants. Tom was a 6th round pick, Jimmy was a 2nd round pick and this yr jimmy came in 2nd in QBR and tom was 3rd. Their rookie 3rd stringer in 2.5 games threw 0 int’s. You dont need physical skill in that offense, just some confidence, which is great- but also why id never put tom in the top 10 all time. The guy never shows physical greatness. Its very rare i see him make a play and say “wow, no way rodgers, big ben, breez or even luck could have made that play”. Any qb with confidence can step into the NE offense and dominate, id even say had Tim Tebow been drafted in 2000 to that NE team, he’d have 5 titles under his belt. Im in no way a Tebow fan, but the point is you dont need skills, just that winning attitude that Tim has.

  4. tonebones says: Feb 15, 2017 7:24 AM

    Sounds like Edelman’s trying to get rid of him.

  5. pau49ers says: Feb 15, 2017 7:25 AM

    Me too. Good reason to sign me!

  6. nhpats says: Feb 15, 2017 7:26 AM

    Eddleman is a stud

  7. cheapseater says: Feb 15, 2017 7:26 AM

    Blake Bortles has that same gunslinger confidence. It’s fun when it’s working…

  8. streetyson says: Feb 15, 2017 7:26 AM

    His manners/approach are the same too, and on the field his poise, calling and mannerisms seem very much like a young, good but still-perfecting Brady. Most think the Pats will trade him but I wouldn’t. Pats are $63M under the cap (one of the best in the league), are happy with almost all their guys (and not many are old) and so don’t desperately need juicy picks/trades.

  9. JaminJake says: Feb 15, 2017 7:31 AM

    Definitely want more Rodgers than Favre

  10. jimmylikesthat says: Feb 15, 2017 7:34 AM

    The Italian Clark Kent

  11. unbreakable02215 says: Feb 15, 2017 7:35 AM

    Don’t trade Jimmy G. You win without all the draft picks you would get anyway.

  12. weepingjebus says: Feb 15, 2017 7:37 AM

    But is there a team worthy of him? I can think of only one, and he’s already on it.

  13. learysdisciples says: Feb 15, 2017 7:38 AM

    Well, a lot of people have that type of confidence. It usually doesn’t translate well when a 350 lb defensive lineman in barreling down your throat.

  14. xargscutgrep says: Feb 15, 2017 7:43 AM

    Any GM that trades away a high pick for a one-year rental of a QB is insane, let alone a QB that has less playing time than Brock Osweiler did at this point last year.

  15. unclebluck says: Feb 15, 2017 7:46 AM

    “Confidence” is one thing. Ability 9is another & production is another. Jury is still out on that one….

  16. terripet says: Feb 15, 2017 7:54 AM

    Horrible comparison Jimmy is not in the same league as rogers

  17. ajsjr40 says: Feb 15, 2017 7:58 AM

    Would the Bears rather have their QB of the future or some young kid from college who hasn’t a clue as to what the NFL is all about. Time to give up the #3 pick for Jimmy!

  18. 6ball says: Feb 15, 2017 8:01 AM

    .
    Prior to Brady’s Super Bowl heroics, the award for best half of football by a Patriots QB would have went to Garopollo for eviscerating the Dolphins defense while staking NE to a 24-3 halftime lead. A review of those highlights (which are still available on nfl.com) would show a QB who can read defenses, has a quick release, and can throw with accuracy. Edelman is correct. He likes tight windows.
    .

  19. kissbillsrings says: Feb 15, 2017 8:12 AM

    Browns 2nd 1st rounder this year (#12) &
    Browns 2nd & 4th rounders next year…. The Browns have 2 picks in each of those rounds next year…
    Pats get back picks stolen from them for #FRAMEGATE & the 2nd rounder they used to select Jimmy G.
    I wouldn’t trade him for less than that!!!

  20. RandyinRoxbury says: Feb 15, 2017 8:21 AM

    JE is also very very smaht!

  21. patriottony says: Feb 15, 2017 8:22 AM

    We will take the #12 overall pick this yr and a 3rd, next yr. BB will swap that #12, (coincidence?), For 2 number twos, giving NE,. 32nd pick and 3 number twos,,,that’s the Patriot way

  22. tylawspick6 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:22 AM

    Duh

    A 1st and a 4th minimum.

  23. jay25340 says: Feb 15, 2017 8:25 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they traded Jimmy G or if they kept him. However, like you said his stock is pretty high. I think if a trade happens, it’ll be around the time of the draft.

  24. jjackwagon says: Feb 15, 2017 8:36 AM

    Any of Brady’s previous backups starting anywhere?

    Any of them go on to be franchise QBs?

    Buyer beware!

  25. factschecker says: Feb 15, 2017 8:38 AM

    He’s also going to be a marketing gold mine. The gals are going to really love him.

  26. pastabelly says: Feb 15, 2017 8:40 AM

    I was at the Miami game and saw enough of Jimmy Garoppolo in one half to know that he has all of the tangibles necessary to be a great quarterback. He paid for it the one time he left the pocket though and he has a lot to learn. He is way ahead of any draft pick coming out in terms of understanding the NFL game.

    If Tom Brady had decided to retire, I’d be good with Jimmy G under center the next ten years. It’s too bad the timing here isn’t good for the Patriots and I don’t believe they will really get fair value for what many believe is a top ten quarterback.

  27. redlikethepig says: Feb 15, 2017 8:45 AM

    Too bad he doesn’t have their talent. But hey, there’s a sucker born every minute. And one will convince themselves that the brightest mind in football … Bill Belichick … is going to trade them the next Tom Brady. Yes sir … step right up folks. Hurrah hurrah hurrah. . .

  28. greenlargo says: Feb 15, 2017 8:47 AM

    I cant help but to think that the true test as to whether JG is a real deal franchise level QB will be whether or not the Patriots are willing to trade him at all. If he is truly a viable replacement for Brady thats just too hard to find that they should let it get away. I say that even acknowledging that Brissett looks like an outstanding prospect to develop in the replacement. He is still not a bird in hand. So the question is really is JG that bird in hand?

  29. thetruthcampaign says: Feb 15, 2017 8:50 AM

    Heck, I have Brady/Rodgers “confidence”, but I suck as a QB.

  30. TheDPR says: Feb 15, 2017 8:53 AM

    I think the Bears would be ideal for this guy. Close to home, a team that’s probably better than their record suggests, a veteran coach, and a good young RB. If they could trade for Garoppolo then they could use the draft to solidify their lines and other areas of weakness.

  31. wyboemail says: Feb 15, 2017 9:05 AM

    Red Flag Alert: Seems like most times when a player promotes a teammate that is soon to be free agent or trade possibility it is because they need the extra promotion. I am not 100% sure I want my Bears to get this guy. For sure do not give up that #3 pick or any first round pick.

  32. tedbundysson says: Feb 15, 2017 9:12 AM

    If a smart coach like Belichick, who has seen what Garrapolo can do, is willing to trade him I would not take him. Or that means Brady is a system QB and Belichick thinks he can win w/ any better than average guy.

  33. slew55 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:14 AM

    All this talk of the Patriots trading Jimmy G. If he’s the stud everyone is saying he is, why wouldn’t the Pats keep him as the “heir apparent”? The GOAT is not immortal and can’t have that many years left. Why wouldn’t Jimmy G be the Steve Young of the Pats? With all the cap space NE has, do they really need extra draft picks as well?

  34. onebuffalove716 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:23 AM

    He should. He played a hell of a half of football this last 3 years…

  35. thejetssuck2001 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:27 AM

    Footballfanz says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:23 AM
    Thats all it takes to be a great qb in NE. You dont need a great arm, all they do is toss high percentage screens and slants. Tom was a 6th round pick, Jimmy was a 2nd round pick and this yr jimmy came in 2nd in QBR and tom was 3rd. Their rookie 3rd stringer in 2.5 games threw 0 int’s. You dont need physical skill in that offense, just some confidence, which is great- but also why id never put tom in the top 10 all time. The guy never shows physical greatness. Its very rare i see him make a play and say “wow, no way rodgers, big ben, breez or even luck could have made that play”. Any qb with confidence can step into the NE offense and dominate, id even say had Tim Tebow been drafted in 2000 to that NE team, he’d have 5 titles under his belt. Im in no way a Tebow fan, but the point is you dont need skills, just that winning attitude that Tim has.

    ——————————————–

    i think some people in here have never actually watched a game before.

  36. thejetssuck2001 says: Feb 15, 2017 9:30 AM

    tedbundysson says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:12 AM
    If a smart coach like Belichick, who has seen what Garrapolo can do, is willing to trade him I would not take him. Or that means Brady is a system QB and Belichick thinks he can win w/ any better than average guy.

    ==========================

    or he thinks the competitive fires inside brady are so rare that he may just be ornery enough to play well until hes 45.

  37. 345snarkavenue says: Feb 15, 2017 9:32 AM

    Thats all it takes to be a great qb in NE. You dont need a great arm, all they do is toss high percentage screens and slants. Tom was a 6th round pick, Jimmy was a 2nd round pick and this yr jimmy came in 2nd in QBR and tom was 3rd. Their rookie 3rd stringer in 2.5 games threw 0 int’s. You dont need physical skill in that offense, just some confidence, which is great- but also why id never put tom in the top 10 all time. The guy never shows physical greatness. Its very rare i see him make a play and say “wow, no way rodgers, big ben, breez or even luck could have made that play”. Any qb with confidence can step into the NE offense and dominate, id even say had Tim Tebow been drafted in 2000 to that NE team, he’d have 5 titles under his belt. Im in no way a Tebow fan, but the point is you dont need skills, just that winning attitude that Tim has.

    ————-

    I imagine you’ll be celebrating when Brady retires, then whining up a storm when he’s a 1st ballot HOFer.

  38. 345snarkavenue says: Feb 15, 2017 9:37 AM

    greenlargo says:
    Feb 15, 2017 8:47 AM
    I cant help but to think that the true test as to whether JG is a real deal franchise level QB will be whether or not the Patriots are willing to trade him at all. If he is truly a viable replacement for Brady thats just too hard to find that they should let it get away. I say that even acknowledging that Brissett looks like an outstanding prospect to develop in the replacement. He is still not a bird in hand. So the question is really is JG that bird in hand?

    —–

    I think what you write is an important consideration, but the equation has other variables to consider too, such as how long Brady intends to play/can play at the same level, that JG becomes a free agent next year, and what would the cost to keep him be?

  39. terripet says: Feb 15, 2017 9:38 AM

    This guy is a 4th round pick at best anyone who gives the cheaters a first round pick should be fired

  40. One for the other thumb says: Feb 15, 2017 9:39 AM

    Since the Patriot system is so amazing and the NFL is a copycat league you would think there would be some other teams doing what the Pats do and winning 1/3 of the super bowls in the new millennium.

  41. bassicdave says: Feb 15, 2017 9:46 AM

    jjackwagon says:
    Feb 15, 2017 8:36 AM

    Any of Brady’s previous backups starting anywhere?

    Any of them go on to be franchise QBs?

    Buyer beware!

    Are any of the QBs from your alma mater, Trump University, NFL starters? I think not.

  42. jjackwagon says: Feb 15, 2017 9:59 AM

    Are any of the QBs from your alma mater, Trump University, NFL starters? I think not.
    —————————————–
    None of your alma mater BLM Jr High are NFL starters either.
    That still has no bearing on the fact that NONE of the Pats backups have gone on to be successful starters. But thanks for trying.

  43. hockeykrishna says: Feb 15, 2017 10:04 AM

    My son and I ran into him late after Superbowl walking out of the stadium he was with a couple of his buddies and was really a jerk to the six people that saw him. Or were near him. There were no big crowds of people, the walkway was empty, but he was far less than a good guy at that time. Cleveland can have him. He has no manners.

  44. steelercrazy says: Feb 15, 2017 10:17 AM

    Which sucker NFL franchise will be the one to get played by Kraft and Belichick like a grand piano and give up a high draft pick? Browns perhaps? The guy plays 4 games against mostly easy opponents in Brady’s absense and they’re promoting him as a hall of fame. Comical. Matt Cassel II.

  45. tigerlilac says: Feb 15, 2017 10:18 AM

    It has the haters’ panties in a bunch that the Patriots might get first round or better value for Garoppolo.

    How many Patriots fans go on other team threads to talk down the value of backups. I have never seen it. For some resson, they hang out on Patriors threads like its an Apple store the night before a ne Iphone release.

  46. greenlargo says: Feb 15, 2017 10:22 AM

    hockeykrishna says:
    Feb 15, 2017 10:04 AM
    My son and I ran into him late after Superbowl walking out of the stadium he was with a couple of his buddies and was really a jerk to the six people that saw him. Or were near him. There were no big crowds of people, the walkway was empty, but he was far less than a good guy at that time. Cleveland can have him. He has no manners.

    —————————-

    He did that? Wow! Then the Patriots should cut him immefiately and no team should sign him. Let him sell insurance.

  47. bullcharger says: Feb 15, 2017 10:22 AM

    Footballfanz says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:23 AM
    Thats all it takes to be a great qb in NE. You dont need a great arm, all they do is toss high percentage screens and slants. Tom was a 6th round pick, Jimmy was a 2nd round pick and this yr jimmy came in 2nd in QBR and tom was 3rd. Their rookie 3rd stringer in 2.5 games threw 0 int’s. You dont need physical skill in that offense, just some confidence, which is great- but also why id never put tom in the top 10 all time. The guy never shows physical greatness. Its very rare i see him make a play and say “wow, no way rodgers, big ben, breez or even luck could have made that play”. Any qb with confidence can step into the NE offense and dominate, id even say had Tim Tebow been drafted in 2000 to that NE team, he’d have 5 titles under his belt. Im in no way a Tebow fan, but the point is you dont need skills, just that winning attitude that Tim has.

    ———————–

    Is that you Tim?

  48. Flash1287 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:24 AM

    Footballfanz says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:23 AM
    Thats all it takes to be a great qb in NE. You dont need a great arm, all they do is toss high percentage screens and slants. Tom was a 6th round pick, Jimmy was a 2nd round pick and this yr jimmy came in 2nd in QBR and tom was 3rd. Their rookie 3rd stringer in 2.5 games threw 0 int’s. You dont need physical skill in that offense, just some confidence, which is great- but also why id never put tom in the top 10 all time. The guy never shows physical greatness. Its very rare i see him make a play and say “wow, no way rodgers, big ben, breez or even luck could have made that play”. Any qb with confidence can step into the NE offense and dominate, id even say had Tim Tebow been drafted in 2000 to that NE team, he’d have 5 titles under his belt. Im in no way a Tebow fan, but the point is you dont need skills, just that winning attitude that Tim has.

    Yeah , it’s just stupid at this point

  49. greenlargo says: Feb 15, 2017 10:27 AM

    345snarkavenue says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:37 AM
    greenlargo says:
    Feb 15, 2017 8:47 AM
    I cant help but to think that the true test as to whether JG is a real deal franchise level QB will be whether or not the Patriots are willing to trade him at all. If he is truly a viable replacement for Brady thats just too hard to find that they should let it get away. I say that even acknowledging that Brissett looks like an outstanding prospect to develop in the replacement. He is still not a bird in hand. So the question is really is JG that bird in hand?

    —–

    I think what you write is an important consideration, but the equation has other variables to consider too, such as how long Brady intends to play/can play at the same level, that JG becomes a free agent next year, and what would the cost to keep him be?

    ———–

    Your counterargument does have weight. Its not an easy call and I suppose in the end all parties involved have to play a guessing game on Brady’s longevity and how to apply it to their evaluations. Im glad Im not a GM. These decisions are so much easier from my armchair. I can always know everything as long as I stay in this armchair.

  50. fjw2 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:28 AM

    wyboemail says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:05 AM
    “Red Flag Alert: Seems like most times when a player promotes a teammate that is soon to be free agent or trade possibility it is because they need the extra promotion. ”

    I guess that you didn’t click on the link, then? Because Edelman was on NFL Total Access and was asked what he thought about Garappalo by the hosts. What would you have expect him to do, throw him under the bus?

  51. bullcharger says: Feb 15, 2017 10:29 AM

    terripet says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:54 AM
    Horrible comparison Jimmy is not in the same league as rogers

    ————-

    Saying someone is confident like another player doesn’t mean he plays the same way. At this moment Garoppolo is just a guy that has shown promise.

    Rodgers wasn’t Rodgers either until he was able to get on the field, so you are right that Jimmy is currently no Rodgers, but you never know what he might be and he’s a better bet at the moment than any QB other than maybe the top 1 in the draft.

  52. rageviral says: Feb 15, 2017 10:30 AM

    He hasn’t done anything. This is Matt Flynn all over again.

  53. bullcharger says: Feb 15, 2017 10:32 AM

    JaminJake says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:31 AM
    Definitely want more Rodgers than Favre

    ————-

    What the heck was wrong with Favre?

  54. greenlargo says: Feb 15, 2017 10:34 AM

    Footballfanz says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:23 AM
    Thats all it takes to be a great qb in NE. You dont need a great arm, all they do is toss high percentage screens and slants. Tom was a 6th round pick, Jimmy was a 2nd round pick and this yr jimmy came in 2nd in QBR and tom was 3rd. Their rookie 3rd stringer in 2.5 games threw 0 int’s. You dont need physical skill in that offense, just some confidence, which is great- but also why id never put tom in the top 10 all time. The guy never shows physical greatness. Its very rare i see him make a play and say “wow, no way rodgers, big ben, breez or even luck could have made that play”. Any qb with confidence can step into the NE offense and dominate, id even say had Tim Tebow been drafted in 2000 to that NE team, he’d have 5 titles under his belt. Im in no way a Tebow fan, but the point is you dont need skills, just that winning attitude that Tim has.

    ———————-

    Can you clarify though, since the Patriots adapt their system to the personnel on the roster eavh year, and Beady has been there 17 years, thats a lot of systems he has floyrished in. So which one is the one he is a product of.

    Also, just in case you were not aware, the short timing throws are actually tougher than the longer ones. The precise timing and placement it takes to hit a tiny window during that one instant it is there (and also kudos to the reciever that can be consistently there at that exact perfect moment too) is something very few other QBs have. (Right now Rodgers is the only other one I can think of that truly has that playing today) Thats why you dont see too many others taking that approach. But if you do watch a game or two you start noticing how it allows the qb to take control of the game and clock for the win, which is why he does it.

  55. grogansheroes says: Feb 15, 2017 10:39 AM

    onebuffalove716 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:23 AM
    He should. He played a hell of a half of football this last 3 years…
    —————————————————————-
    And that’s one half more than any Bills QB in the last 20 years.

  56. bullcharger says: Feb 15, 2017 10:42 AM

    hockeykrishna says:
    Feb 15, 2017 10:04 AM
    My son and I ran into him late after Superbowl walking out of the stadium he was with a couple of his buddies and was really a jerk to the six people that saw him. Or were near him. There were no big crowds of people, the walkway was empty, but he was far less than a good guy at that time. Cleveland can have him. He has no manners.

    ————-

    Not buying this story. He would have gone to the team bus like all the other players. Not very likely.

  57. grogansheroes says: Feb 15, 2017 10:45 AM

    hockeykrishna says:
    Feb 15, 2017 10:04 AM
    My son and I ran into him late after Superbowl walking out of the stadium he was with a couple of his buddies and was really a jerk to the six people that saw him. Or were near him. There were no big crowds of people, the walkway was empty, but he was far less than a good guy at that time. Cleveland can have him. He has no manners.
    —————————————————————–
    Right!! So after they win the Super Bowl, you run into him out side the stadium? So he wasn’t inside with his teammates, going to parties at the hotel, on the team bus? he was what, going to walk to the hotel? No security?

  58. officialgame says: Feb 15, 2017 10:52 AM

    Oh please, just stop. He would be one way with the Pats and quite another with the Jets. Get knocked on you ass a bunch of times with a loser organization and watch his bravado fade.

  59. greenlargo says: Feb 15, 2017 10:53 AM

    tigerlilac says:
    Feb 15, 2017 10:18 AM
    It has the haters’ panties in a bunch that the Patriots might get first round or better value for Garoppolo.

    How many Patriots fans go on other team threads to talk down the value of backups. I have never seen it. For some resson, they hang out on Patriors threads like its an Apple store the night before a ne Iphone release.

    ————————–

    It’s because there is a rumor going around that if you hate on the Patriots enough you will get a free iPhone.

  60. wyboemail says: Feb 15, 2017 10:57 AM

    wyboemail says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:05 AM
    “Red Flag Alert: Seems like most times when a player promotes a teammate that is soon to be free agent or trade possibility it is because they need the extra promotion. ”

    I guess that you didn’t click on the link, then? Because Edelman was on NFL Total Access and was asked what he thought about Garappalo by the hosts. What would you have expect him to do, throw him under the bus?

    I clicked on the link. I read it. I thought about it. I mulled it over for a bit. Came to the conclusion that Edelman could have said he will be a fine QB in the league. He will be a good pick up for a team. Did not have to compare him to those other QB’s. EXTRA PROMOTION EQUALS BAD PLAYER!

  61. maxisbest says: Feb 15, 2017 11:06 AM

    “Footballfanz says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:23 AM
    Thats all it takes to be a great qb in NE. You dont need a great arm, all they do is toss high percentage screens and slants. ”

    You really don’t know much about football, do you? JG is a pure NFL passer. Go watch some film or read some practice reports. The guy has a gun for an arm and can throw the long ball as well as the out patterns. His best pass may the hardest pass in football, the seam route..he throws that pass with perfect touch and speed.

    Really, you should stop with the “screens and slants” BS. Every team in football is moving to the Patriots system. Maybe you didn’t notice that the Falcons ran the exact system all year and in the SB. The only difference is they have a Julio Jones on the team. By the way, was Julio really worth 3 years of draft picks in the end?

  62. maust1013 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:08 AM

    terripet says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:38 AM
    This guy is a 4th round pick at best…
    ================

    Just the fact that you are the one saying that is the best indication he is probably a future hall of famer

  63. kissbillsrings says: Feb 15, 2017 11:13 AM

    Comparing Jimmy G to ANY of the previous Pats back up QB’ is just foolish…. Like comparing apples & oranges…..
    Cassell: career back up in college & 7th round pick by Pats
    Hoyer: undrafted free agent pick up by Pats
    Mallet: big arm, could really only make 1/2 the NFL throws needed to be successful & a little bit of a head case….

    Jimmy G: broke Drew Breese records, as well as Sean Peyton’s records
    College starter, super fast release, can make every NFL
    Throw, very cerebral & studious mentality, 2nd round pick,
    Excelled when allowed to play, learned under Brady & BB
    Would be immediate starter for Patriots if Brady wasn’t
    Going to play another 4-5 years….

    to play another 4-5 years

  64. greenbaysucks says: Feb 15, 2017 11:26 AM

    Bellicheck: Hey, Julian, go tell the media that Jimmy G is like Favre and Rodgers. Stupid Bears management will eat it up and give us too much for him.

    Julian: OK. The Bears are stupid.

    Bears Fans: OMG! JIMMY IS BETTER THAN FAVRE? TRADE EVERYTHING!!!

  65. no drooling,chippy,tpet,Vancouver,crybabies allowed says: Feb 15, 2017 11:37 AM

    I hope the Pats keep him. He has the makings of that rare quality, the franchise QB.

  66. maxisbest says: Feb 15, 2017 11:45 AM

    More “screens and slants”

    Patriots came in 8th in the NFL in passing plays of 20+ yards and came in 14th in passing plays of 40+ yards. In both stats the Pats were 1 (as in one) play worse than the Green Bay Packers. Do the Packers live off of screens and slants?

  67. beachsidejames says: Feb 15, 2017 12:07 PM

    Two things these two have in common. Patriots won’t pay Garappolo the going rate of a QB with his talent and Julian who has been getting 1.5 million a year is now all banged up and won’t be paid either… not by the Pats.

  68. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 15, 2017 12:07 PM

    I am not sure where this theory that back up QBs cant play outside NE. Theres been 1 player to support this notion and he had a strong season after leaving NE for KC. Im so sick of the Cassel narrative, he went 11-5 and missed the playoffs inheriting a 16-0 team. He was a good but not amazing, also when he left NE he wasnt as bad as everyone makes him seem. Everyone seems to forget his 2010 (93.0 Rating 27/7 td/int). Every other backup Brady had never started elsewhere due to his play in NE except Hoyer. Just like alot of backups dont start elsewhere after they leave teams. Hoyer, once again looked like a fine QB both as a backup in NE and starter in CLE and CHI. JG looked great, he was a 2nd round pick. Mallett/OConnell were 3rds but Belichick gave up on them. Its not like he fleeced any team for either of them. So I have no clue where this system makes the QBs look good when you are evaluating anyone except Brady. 1 season with Cassel and 3 games with JG. Small Sample sizes. Cassel isnt great but I hate that its always ignored his 2nd year in KC was better than his year in BB’s “system.”

  69. ogawdwhereami says: Feb 15, 2017 12:11 PM

    Matt Cassell II. But some team will give up a 2nd and a 4th for him.

  70. maxisbest says: Feb 15, 2017 12:23 PM

    “Julian who has been getting 1.5 million a year is now all banged up and won’t be paid either… not by the Pats.”

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    JE signed a $17 million contract in 2014, gets $4.25 million a year and is signed through 2017. He is a free agent in 2018. Where do you people come up with your stats…jeez, it’s right there at the link on his name!

    BTW, all the Pats veteran receivers, JE, CH, DA and Gronk get paid very well…all over $4 million a year.

  71. ikeclanton says: Feb 15, 2017 12:24 PM

    The only knock I have on Jimmy G (if you can call it a knock at all) is that he allowed himself to get squashed like a bug by Kiko Alonzo and got hurt in that Miami game. Garoppolo isn’t that big, and if I invest in him, I need to know he can stay on the field. One of Brady’s most under appreciated attributes is this very thing, and Brady isn’t a big guy either. He just knows how to get hit and has played injured much more than people give him credit for.

    As he gets more experience and realizes the guys bearing down on him aren’t linebackers from Murray State that weigh 215 lbs. anymore, he might be fine.

  72. djvh2 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:38 PM

    This year, Jimmy had a higher passer rating and better W-L record than Brady.

  73. greenlargo says: Feb 15, 2017 12:43 PM

    ogawdwhereami says:
    Feb 15, 2017 12:11 PM
    Matt Cassell II. But some team will give up a 2nd and a 4th for him.

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    Just like the guy that walked into Corvette dealership and said Ill give to $1000 for that thing.

  74. ItsMe says: Feb 15, 2017 12:50 PM

    This is just math.

    1. What is the probability of drafting a good quarterback? (i.e. top 15 QB) History shows it’s about 20%. Keep in mind that it’s been 50% in first round.

    2. What is the probability of JG being a good quarterback? Insert your answer here. I think it’s 65%.

    3. This year the QB draft board is supposedly weak. Perhaps the first round is now down to 33%.

    Answer: This year, Jimmy might be worth first round picks. Next year, it may be one. Averaging it out, the answer is probably a first and something else, like a 3rd or 4th.

  75. mogogo1 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:51 PM

    “My son and I ran into him late after Superbowl walking out of the stadium ”
    __________

    Weird because I ran into him after the Super Bowl at this bar in LA…. That would be only slightly less likely than running into a player walking out of the stadium with some buddies after the Super Bowl. This story sounds like he was by himself without any other teammates around. Why would that ever happen? And how did they immediately know it was him? He’s not THAT recognizable in street clothes, is he?

  76. onebuffalove716 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:53 PM

    grogansheroes says:
    Feb 15, 2017 10:39 AM

    onebuffalove716 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:23 AM
    He should. He played a hell of a half of football this last 3 years…
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    And that’s one half more than any Bills QB in the last 20 years.

    well… that’s not really true, but I get the point you are trying to make.

  77. beachsidejames says: Feb 15, 2017 12:55 PM

    I meant Danny A with his base at 1,250m a yr. Hard to tell what these guys are really making DA is not making the big money that he has a chance to make somewhere. Even at your #’s Patriots have low balled him.

  78. carpalboss says: Feb 15, 2017 12:58 PM

    Dear Jen Sturger, Don’t open up picture texts from Jimmy….It has been brought to our attention that he has “Favre confidence”

  79. maxisbest says: Feb 15, 2017 1:00 PM

    “Footballfanz says: Any qb with confidence can step into the NE offense and dominate, id even say had Tim Tebow been drafted in 2000 to that NE team, he’d have 5 titles under his belt. ”

    Ok Footballfanz, if any QB can step into the Pats offense and DOMINATE, then it would make sense that all the other teams would run the Pats offense and dominate. This kind of talk has been going on for 12 years or more. How can you complain that the Pats win with a basic offense and not explain why the rest of the NFL has not kept up?

    Also, if you spent some time watching the Pats or listened to the veterans on the sports shows, you would realize that the Pats have one of the most complicated offenses in the NFL. That’s why they look for smarts as well as talent in their WR’s and RB’s.

  80. htown1035 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:21 PM

    thejetssuck2001 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:30 AM

    tedbundysson says:
    Feb 15, 2017 9:12 AM
    If a smart coach like Belichick, who has seen what Garrapolo can do, is willing to trade him I would not take him. Or that means Brady is a system QB and Belichick thinks he can win w/ any better than average guy.

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    or he thinks the competitive fires inside brady are so rare that he may just be ornery enough to play well until hes 45.
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    Seriously doubt he plays after next season. Giselle is already harping on him to retire now while he still can, and with the wife and family pressure you know he’s not going to stay with it too much longer even if he’s willing.

  81. bleck5 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:21 PM

    Jimmy is probably better than them too.

  82. thetruthcampaign says: Feb 15, 2017 1:25 PM

    Wanting to trade this guy, and Brady is 39. I don’t care how long Brady WANTS to play, it’s not going to be possible for too much longer. To be willing to trade the backup is to say he may not be able to carry a team.

  83. kemp13 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:40 PM

    WOW! I didn’t know Edelman had even ever shared a huddle with Favre or Rodgers! Shows that I’ve got a lot to learn.

    Seriously though, the Pats says Mallett had lots of confidence. Cassell as well. Bust. Bust. Okay – Mallett was a HUGE bust.

    Caveat emptor when it comes to getting ANYBODY the Patriots are willing to let go of. No reason to think Garapolo won’t be the next Mallett.

  84. fishyinalittledishy says: Feb 15, 2017 2:16 PM

    The only thing I like about the Patriots is more often than not the keep it buttoned and any player that doesn’t gets shipped. Eddleman is starting to say to much. The little man had better watch out because anywhere else he is a 30 catch a season merchant. If Jimmy is any good he stays because Brady is on the home straight if he is traded we all know why unless it for something ridiculous because everybody has a price and there have been teams desperate enough. The Patriots are a machine with interchangeable parts normally players don’t do that great elsewhere.

  85. chronsy says: Feb 15, 2017 2:45 PM

    If I were the Browns GM rather than just a Browns Fan, I would give our 2nd round pick and a fourth rounder for him. That would give the pats the last pick in the first and third and the first pick in the second and fourth.

  86. nhpats says: Feb 15, 2017 3:26 PM

    The Pats are in a great position here. They have Brady and Garappolo if they want him…..and they also have Jacoby Brisette. Bill Parcells was really high on Jacoby. Not a bad position for the Pats. If they can get a good deal for Jimmy G, they move forward with Jacoby. If not, let things play out another year.

  87. johnodocks says: Feb 15, 2017 3:40 PM

    So does Johnny Manziel.

  88. heymister24 says: Feb 15, 2017 3:41 PM

    Garrapolo is BLOCKED by Brady, otherwise he would be an NFL starter same as Derek Carr .

  89. lanman11 says: Feb 15, 2017 3:48 PM

    Anyone that watched those games he played this year saw nothing but a guy quickly gaining complete control of NFL games. His ability to throw outside the lines and on the move made me wonder if it was time to make the switch. Of course I banished that thought from my head. No NE Patriots fan will ever accept that. Tom F. Brady has the job for life. But Jimmy G has that look…and he was foing it on the field. A reasonably good coaching staff, defense, and o-line will benefit greatly having him as QB. I hope we keep him, but if Brady plays 3-5 more years, his value to the team will diminish. It’s a tough choice. It’s Favre/Rodgers like…

  90. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 15, 2017 5:34 PM

    Believe it or not some people are hoping Garoppolo is traded, eliminating any possibility of Belichick having a successor to Brady. That way Belichick retires with Brady. They can’t stand the thought of Belichick continuing success after Brady. I enjoy the sheer panic they suffer at any suggestion that Garoppolo may remain a Patriots.

    Tee hee!

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