FOXBORO - Jimmy Garoppolo wasn't at the Patriots OTA on Friday. He was in California at an NFLPA rookie orientation event.
It'd be a big deal if it weren't for the fact that Garoppolo has so much to learn, a day's practice is like removing a bucket of sand on the beach.
"Any rookie has a long way to go," said Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. "We’ve had young QBs in here before and he’s really no different. He’s gonna have a lot to learn in terms of gaining a foundation in what we’re doing, gaining a familiarity with the players and what we ask the quarterback to do here. Most guys that come here don’t have an abundance of experience in doing some of the things we ask quarterbacks to do in our system.
At this point, the Patriots are just waiting for Garoppolo to get acclimated.
"It takes a while before you can truly see them be comfortable because their mind is going so fast," he explained. "They have so many things to think about and there’s so many things they're not 100 percent on top of yet. If you’re too quick to judge a younger player like that, you can make a mistake. It's as if, ‘I thought he was this...' or 'He didn’t do that.' You gotta give it some time to get his feet on the ground and once he does that then he’ll have an opportunity in training camp and then get a chance to see what he looks like in your system."
McDaniels says he's looking forward to the process.
"It's always exciting when you get a chance to coach a young player," he admitted. "That’s what we love to do as coaches and I look forward to doing that this year."