Where will Jimmy Garoppolo play next season? Chicago? San Francisco? Cleveland?
One longtime NFL reporter’s money is on New England.
Citing chatter from inside the Patriots’ organization around the time of Super Bowl LI, ESPN’s Ed Werder said he does not expect the Patriots to trade Garoppolo, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Last season, his third since being chosen in the second round of the 2014 draft, Garoppolo got the only two starts of his NFL career to this point.
While filling in for the suspended Tom Brady, he led the Patriots to a come-from-behind Week 1 victory over the Cardinals in which he completed 24 of 33 passes for 264 yards with a touchdown. He then completed 18 of 26 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns in two quarters against the Dolphins before suffering a shoulder injury.
Should the Patriots trade Garoppolo, it is believed they would be able to fetch a first-round draft pick in exchange for his services. The last quarterback traded for a first-round pick was Sam Bradford, who was shipped from the Eagles to the Vikings eight days before the 2016 season.
Tom Brady's not afraid to get goofy on his Instagram account.
The New England Patriots quarterback posted a photo from the AFC Championship Game when he was wearing a massive jacket on the sideline. The sheer bulk of the jacket inspired a number of internet memes. Well, with the help of his son, Brady developed a meme of his own. He put himself on a Pokemon card with the name "Snorlax." The Pokemon's moves include "thick fat" and "crushing slam."
"Maybe a bit late to the game on this one but my son still calls me Snorlax...." Brady wrote on Instagram Wedensday.
“It still hasn’t totally sunk in yet.”
It’s been a little more than a week since Patriots running back James White powered into the end zone, then made a mad dash toward the goalpost while cannons shot off red, white and blue confetti, all done in the shape of the Lombardi Trophy. White didn’t win the MVP, but his record-setting performance, one that included 14 receptions and 20 points, is still drawing rave reviews.
“I’m not surprised,” Dion Lewis told me. “He’s a playmaker. That’s what he does.”
“I’d say it was unreal but that wouldn’t be giving James enough credit,” said LeGarrette Blount. “He’s made plays for us every single week.”
When Lewis injured his hamstring in the fourth quarter, it helped pave the way for White to get the overtime winner. That TD run would gone to Lewis under normal circumstances, but a popped hamstring meant more White. Safe to say, the Pats benefitted.
“Surreal. Just surreal,” said White, looking back on his career night. “I was just doing whatever it took to get a victory. Had to leave it all out there.”
Said special teams captain Matthew Slater in the immediate aftermath of the win: “James is a professional. He’s put in so much work to become the player that he is.We trust him. Tom obviously trusts him.”
That Tom is Tom Brady, of course, and on Peter King’s MMQB podcast, King pointed out to the Pats QB that he targeted White 16 times in the Super Bowl, a year after throwing the same amount of passes to the running back in the AFC Championship game at Denver.
“It’s because of him,” gushed Brady. “I said this to someone earlier in the season, he’s like my oldest son. He never does anything wrong, so it’s hard to get mad at him. And even if he does something wrong, he didn’t really mean it and he feels worse about it than you do. That’s how James is. He never does anything anything wrong.”
Brady continued, “If it’s blitz pickup, it’s blitz pickup. If it’s run the route and catch the ball, that’s what he does. Make a tough decision, he makes it. He’s just been such a dependable, consistent player, so much in the mold of Kevin Faulk, Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen, just guys I’ve been in the backfield with who can just do it all. And James has been phenomenal in what he’s been asked to do, from the time he took over for Dion Lewis when he got hurt [against] Washington last year, to this year. He’s just made every play he’s been asked to make.”
When those comments were relayed to him, White chuckled and said, “Tom is the best of all-time so I’ll take it,” before adding, “but there’s still room to get better.” More laughs, but knowing how hard White has worked to get here, he’s not joking.