There’s an easy enough comparison to be made between Jimmy Garoppolo and Aaron Rodgers. Promising young quarterback stuck behind a legend who’s been there forever? Rodgers wrote the book on that for three years in Green Bay.
Yet when Edelman compared his teammate to the Packers star Tuesday on the NFL Network, he wasn’t referring to a quarterback controversy at all. In fact, he was comparing Garoppolo as a player to not just Rodgers, but Brett Favre as well.
"I'm not a paid GM so I don't know the whole value thing, but as far as a guy that I could play with every single day, Jimmy Garoppolo, I mean, the guy's a stud," Edelman said on NFL Network's Total Access. "He went out and played in the regular season and he played very well. He's got that kind of gunslinger confidence. That Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers kind of confidence. He practices hard, he prepares hard. He's a good kid. He's young. I think he's a good player."
In Garoppolo's six quarters over two games before suffering a shoulder injury in Week 2, Edelman caught 13 passes from Garoppolo for 135 yards.
Edelman’s comments come at the beginning of an offseason that figures to shine plenty of spotlight on Garoppolo. Three years into his career, the 2014 second-round pick boosted his stock with a two-game starting sample in the recently concluded season, but he enters the final year of his contract with the starting job still promised to Tom Brady.
Teams may be setting their sights on Garoppolo this offseason with the intention of making him their starter, with the Browns, Bears and 49ers among the teams rumored to have interest.
Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room.
"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."
Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.
During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday.
As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.
Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court.
After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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