Can Jimmy Garoppolo Carry New England Patriots in Tom Brady’s Absence?

May 18, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The name Jimmy Garoppolo, the New England Patriots' 2014 second-round pick, rang out last offseason. As Tom Brady's backup, the quarterback was slated to begin the 2015 regular season as the New England Patriots' starter, as the Deflategate scandal led to the suspension of the team's four-time Super Bowl champion.
But just before the season kicked off, the ruling of Brady's four-game ban was overturned in New York, allowing the passer to suit up in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a game the Patriots would win by a score of 28-21.
This didn't end the legal drama, though. The U.S Second Court of Appeals overturned the ruling this past April, mere days before the 2016 NFL draft. What does that mean? The four-game stretch we expected out of Garoppolo in 2015 didn't vanish, it was just pushed to a later date.
The question now is the same as one year ago: Does Garoppolo have what it takes to weather the storm as a spot starter in Brady's absence?

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