FOXBORO, Mass. — Tom Brady can’t play for the New England Patriots until Week 5, but his replacement is doing a pretty admirable impersonation.
Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo came out firing Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in the team’s home opener at Gillette Stadium, building on last Sunday’s solid debut with an excellent first quarter.
Garoppolo led New England to touchdowns on each of its first two drives, hitting wide receiver Danny Amendola with a 12-yard touchdown pass and hooking up with tight end Martellus Bennett for a 20-yard score. He started the game 9 of 10 with 136 yards and two touchdown passes.
Garoppolo added a third TD in the second quarter on a 10-yard strike to Amendola to give him three first-half touchdowns on 195 yards passing.
Early in the season is the perfect time for hot takes, especially given Garoppolo’s odd situation replacing one of the greatest QBs ever. And the hot takes certainly were flying Sunday. Here are a few of the best after Jimmy G’s torrid start:
We understand some of these tweets are tongue-in-cheek (especially the last one), as nobody actually expects Garoppolo to take Brady’s job when he comes back from his four-game suspension (… Right??). But Jimmy G certainly is making Patriots fans feel good about the future of the franchise right now.
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