Garoppolo takes training camp struggles in stride

Garoppolo takes training camp struggles in stride
July 26, 2014, 3:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- It's been a rough couple of days for Jimmy Garoppolo.

On Friday the Patriots' second-round pick fumbled a handoff exchange with Brandon Bolden and threw two interceptions. On Saturday, New England's first padded practice, he fumbled a snap at the goal line and threw another pick. (The goal-line turnover earned him a lap.)

Nevertheless Garoppolo smiled wide when he met with reporters for the first time during camp, and he explained how he tries to brush off inevitable rookie mistakes.

“It’s kind of that next-play mentality,” Garoppolo said. “You can’t really worry about it. You move on to the next play and every play is a new opportunity to get better.”

Garoppolo has a lot to learn in his first training camp. He's taking in a new offense and trying to execute it against a collection of athletes unlike any he saw in his four years at Eastern Illinois, an FCS program.

“Just picking up the offense one day at a time, just bits and pieces here and there,” Garoppolo said. “It’s a process. There are going to be bumps along the way but you just have to learn and improve on that.”

After a relatively non-descript first day of camp, Garoppolo has stood out for some of his botched plays in the last two. There have been turnovers. There has been miscommunication between him and his receivers mid-route. There have been plays where he's waited . . . and waited . . . and waited to find an open wideout but couldn't.

Given fewer repetitions than both Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett, those negative plays might tend to linger with a young quarterback. Garoppolo says he can't afford to dwell on them.

“You can’t worry about the past,” Garoppolo said. "You have to move on. Every play is just as important as the last play. So you kind of just have to move on.”