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QB Jimmy Garoppolo - New England Patriots

6-2, 226Born: 11-2-1991College: Eastern IllinoisDrafted: Round 2

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General News (Fri Feb 3): has been linked to the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears as serious trade suitors, but the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers could also be interested, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

General News (Thu Feb 2): The Chicago Bears will make a strong effort to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason, according to sources. The Bears have done significant work on Garoppolo and are comfortable with him as a quarterback.

Week 21: at Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tom Brady has posted a phenomenal set of records during his post-season performances - for example, Brady is the all-time leader in Super Bowl completions (164), passing yards (1,605) and passing touchdowns (13) - but he comes into this Super Bowl with several of his targets ailing - Martellus Bennett (knee, ankle), Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Danny Amendola (ankle) and Chris Hogan (thigh) were all limited during practice Friday, January 27 - keep an eye on how the various receivers progress/don't progress in their recoveries this week. So far during the 2017 playoffs, Brady has thrown 18/38 for 287 yards, two TDs and two interceptions vs. Houston (with two sacks taken for -8 yards and several other hits/pressures), followed by a stong 32/42 for 384 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown (with two sacks taken for -10 yards) against the Steelers two weekends ago. He threw to three main targets against the Steelers - Hogan (12 targets for 9/180/2 receiving), Julian Edelman (10 for 8/118/1) and Bennett (five for 5/32/0) - Mitchell (four for 1/5/0) and Amendola (two for 2/12/0) were sparingly employed during the Conference Championship game. Brady has found enough offense to win both games by comfortable margins, and his talents as a quarterback remain formidable. The Falcons' pass defense has averaged 238.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing scores given out vs. three interceptions and five sacks generated during the 2017 post-season. Russell Wilson managed 17/30 for 208 net yards passing, with two TDs and two interceptions thrown at Atlanta in the Divisional round (three sacks taken for -17 yards), while Aaron Rodgers managed 27/45 for 268 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown (with two sacks taken for -19 yards) at Atlanta two weekends ago. Atlanta was ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 266.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with a whopping 31 passing scores given out during regular season (vs. 12 interceptions and 34 sacks generated). Over the final three weeks of regular season, Atlanta averaged 19.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); 21.8 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (14th-most); and 8.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends (17th in the NFL during that time span). The Falcons have played stronger during the post-season in this phase of the game, though, as the 28.7 net passing yards allowed per game drop in their post-season average demonstrates. Brady is one of the all-time best players at his position, and he has a wealth of post-season experience. The Falcons are a young, brash defensive unit that has improved over the course of 2016-17 - but they are still suspect against the league's top talents, as Aaron Rodgers showed us two weekends ago. Advantage, New England.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
17 at MIA 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs MIA (18 / 26 / 232 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Jimmy G absolutely shredded the Dolphins to the point where the game was turning into a blowout by the second quarter. Then, he took a hit that crunched his shoulder under a defender, and was knocked out of the game (and longer) with a sprained AC joint. Prior to that, Garoppolo had thrown three touchdown passes and looked extremely poised and composed under pressure. The offensive line held up relatively well as well. His first touchdown was to Danny Amendola, and it was mostly created by Garoppolo, who stepped up in the pocket to avoid pressure. It was very Tom Brady-like in that sense, as Brady excels at stepping up and throwing when the pocket collapses. His second touchdown toss was a go route to Martellus Bennett. Jimmy looked left to draw the safety over, then quickly fired right to his tight end. It was a savvy display of faking out a defender with his eyes, and something you don't normally see in young quarterbacks. His third touchdown of the half was a back foot throw that found Amendola once again open in the middle of the end zone. The only backbreaker was a missed connection with Matt Slater that would have gone for a very long touchdown - Garoppolo simply overthrew the special teams star. Considering his injury may be a multi-week one, it's iffy whether Garoppolo plays again before the return of Tom Brady.

2016 Week 1 vs ARI (24 / 33 / 264 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)

Considering he was playing without his starting tackles, all-world tight end, starting running back, and more, Jimmy G played a very good game. He fought his way through a patchwork offensive line and a run game that was nearly non-existent save for a few chunk gains, and connected on some critical third downs late in the game. His athleticism was on display on a few plays, as he scrambled or bought time on a couple plays Tom Brady may not have. Despite the success, there were a few knocks on his game. One, his out throws were noticeably lacking zip, and could spell trouble down the road if a defender recognizes a route and gets the jump on a ball. Two, Garoppolo still needs better feel for when to get rid of the ball, though even that has improved versus the preseason. Garoppolo also had a costly fumble that the Cardinals turned into points. His lone touchdown came early in the game on a deep strike to Chris Hogan that had Hogan burn his coverage for one of the easiest scores you'll see. On Garoppolo's late 3rd and 15 conversion, he had a couple great shoulder fakes while he extended the play until Danny Amendola snuck open. All in all, it was a promising start for Garoppolo considering the situation and opponent.

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Latest News

Patriots | Belief Patriots will keep Jimmy Garoppolo (Thu Mar 16, 06:29 PM) - New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo may end up sticking with the team for 2017 and beyond, as there is a 'persistent belief within league circles' that they truly want to keep him. The thinking is that QB Tom Brady's 'magic number' is three more years or perhaps fewer if he wins one more Super Bowl, and that head coach Bill Belichick has decided after one year of working with him that he doesn't believe QB Jacoby Brissett will become a 'true franchise quarterback.'

Our View: Assuming all that is true, we aren't shocked Brissett (a third round pick) isn't the long term answer, nor that the team likes Garoppolo enough to keep him. This means they have to pay him soon, though, and it will be interesting to see what that looks like with the cap-conscious and cap-savvy Patriots.
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