Patriots’ Offense Hasn’t Changed To Fit Jimmy Garoppolo’s Strengths Yet


July 28, 2016

FOXBORO, Mass. — There’s a good chance the New England Patriots will alter their offense to fit Jimmy Garoppolo’s strengths in the first four weeks of the season while starting quarterback Tom Brady is suspended. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said as much Wednesday while speaking to the media after the Patriots had reported for training camp.

But it seems those changes haven’t been made yet.

“We really haven?t gotten into that,” Garoppolo said Thursday. “It?s the first day out here, so implementing the offense as we usually do and whatever they ask me to do I?ll do to the best of my ability.”

Garoppolo is more mobile than Brady, so he likely will be asked to roll out in the pocket more than Brady, who only scrambles when it’s absolutely necessary. The Patriots also could rely more heavily on the ground game when Garoppolo is under center.

Those changes might not be evident until the preseason or even as late as Week 1 of the regular season, when the Patriots travel to face the Arizona Cardinals.

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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