Jimmy Garoppolo Learning From Tom Brady But Focusing On His Own Game


FOXBORO, Mass. — Jimmy Garoppolo has a lot on his plate, but he’s taking everything in stride.

The New England Patriots backup quarterback still doesn’t know if he’ll end up starting four games next season after the NFL Players Association filed an appeal in federal court Wednesday of Tom Brady’s suspension. But in the meantime, Garoppolo gets to better his play by watching Brady himself at training camp, which started Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

“There?s tons of stuff you try to learn,” Garoppolo said. “You don?t want to ask too many questions because (Brady has) got a job to do, too, so you kind of want to see it from afar. See what he does, see how he does it and just put it towards your game, really.”

Still, that doesn’t mean Garoppolo spends his practices focused on Brady. The second-year quarterback has plenty to work on, and he says he’s doing his best to focus on his own game.

“You know, just take it one day at a time,” Garoppolo said. “You can?t focus on everything at once because it will overwhelm you, so you just got to take it one day at a time, focus on the little things and focus on improving.”

And taking things one day at a time means Garoppolo isn’t even thinking about what happens if Brady ends up serving his full suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate.

“We?re not really looking that far ahead,” Garoppolo said. “I don?t think anyone is. It?s the first day of training camp, got out here with the guys and it felt good to get out here with all of them.”

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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