Tom Brady's backup Ryan Mallett was been rehabbing an injury at minicamp, putting even more of a spotlight on second-round pick Jimmy Garropolo. He's been hailed by some, including SportsNet Central's Mike Giardi, as the heir apparent to Brady.
Giardi, CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and CSNNE.com's Phil Perry weigh in on the rookie from Eastern Illinois in this edition of Patriots Talk TV.
"I love the guy," Giardi said.
Curran wants the brakes pumped a little bit on the Jimmy G love, because he says he's not going to see the field when it counts.
"He's as irrelevant to this team as [practice squad receiver] Kamar Aiken. Does he look pretty good? Yeah. He is as advertised as a touch passer. He can fit the ball downfield into spots that are really necessary."
Perry points out that with Mallett hurting, Garoppolo is closer to playing than some might think.
I'm in between here," Perry said. "He's had his moments. He's been great on some deep balls. He's been very accurate. Tom, I think it's a little premature to say he's irrelevant to this team. Mallet's in the bubble [rehabbing] right now. So, you're looking at one play away from him being your backup and one more play away from him being your quarterback."
Not to worry, Curran says, countering that Tom Brady, one of the most durable QBs in NFL history, has taken thousands of snaps and one play [and knee injury] caused him to miss time in 16 years.
As for Giardi's man crush?
"It's a heritage thing," Curran says. "His name ends in a vowel, so does yours..."