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Jimmy Garoppolo will start against the Giants

Jimmy Garoppolo gets the nod against the Giants. (Photo From Rantsports.com)

Jimmy Garoppolo gets the nod against the Giants.
(Photo From Rantsports.com)

Rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo will start against the New York Giants in the Patriots final preseason game of 2014.

Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett have started a game this preseason, now it’s the rookie’s turn.

This doesn’t look good for Mallett’s future with New England. If the team can’t get a deal done to trade Mallett to the Rams, then expect Mallett to be cut by Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

Belichick prefers to keep only 2 quarterbacks heading into the season and Garoppolo will be Brady’s backup.

Garoppolo told reporters before heading to practice that he’s excited to start against the Giants.

“I’m excited,” Garoppolo said. “It’s a good opportunity to get out there and get some quality reps. It’s going to be fun.”

Garoppolo was asked if being the number two QB was his goal heading into training camp.

“I came in with the mindset, that, I’m going to practice and study as if I was the starter,” Garoppolo said. “If you’re going to be a successful player in this league, you have to take the mental reps, the physical reps and take advantage of your opportunities.”  

He also mentions he had to find a rhythm with the offense which happen against the Redskins, called it a “big building block”.

“It’s one of those things, you’re going to have your ups and downs as a rookie. That’s just part of the game,” he said.“You have to just keep gradually improving day in and day out. If you keep doing that as a rookie, that’s all you can ask for.”

Garoppolo admits that doing well in the past three games has helped build his confidence.

“It doesn’t hurt,” he said with a smile.

As for his mindset changing with being a starter this Thursday, Garoppolo claims it won’t.

It’s the opportunity that matters,” he said. “As long as you get an opportunity, take advantage of that. Showcase what you can do with the players around you. That’s all you can really ask for.”

Bill Belichick was asked about starting Garoppolo this week against the Giants during his weekly appearance on WEEI.

He says it will be a learning experience for the rookie.

“It’s just an experience that he needs to go through,” Belichick said, “to feel like he’s going to start the game, he’s going to be in the game for every situation: second down, third down, goal-line, red area, two-minute. Whatever it is, he has to be prepared for everything and handle whatever it is that comes up. This is also a week that he’ll have to deal with the media, deal with the production meeting before the game, I’m sure the fans will have plenty of insults for him when he walks out on the field. It’s an away game. It’s all the things that a quarterback eventually will do as a starting quarterback. Whenever that happens, I have no idea, but whenever it does happen, at least he will have done it once before. I think there is something to be learned here. Ryan has been here three-and-a-half years and Tom’s done it a couple hundred times. This is an opportunity for Jimmy to get that experience and I’m sure he’ll learn from it.”


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