After starting the past two games for the New England Patriots, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been creating a lot of headlines for himself around the league.
Within the two games that he has played, rumors have been tossed around that the team should trade Garoppolo when Tom Brady comes back, due to his high trade value and his performance. The question on a lot of people’s mind is whether the team should trade or keep Garoppolo.
In two games this season, Garoppolo has thrown for 498 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception, with a passer rating of 117.2. The reason for Garoppolo starting the first two games is due to Brady being suspended for the first four games of the season for what is known as “deflategate”.
In his first start of the season vs the Arizona Cardinals, he looked great with his throws, driving the team down the field, helping them win 23-21. He threw for 264 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions, with a passer rating of 73.0. He did showcase some flaws as well, but that is expected for your first start.
In his second start of the season vs the Miami Dolphins, Garoppolo looked phenomenal. He was making great passes down the field, looked poised in the pocket, and showcased his arm strength. Before getting injured near the end of the first half, he threw for 234 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, with a passer rating of 98.9.
Even though we only saw a sample size of Garoppolo in only two starts in the league, he looked pretty good in those two starts.
He still needs to work on some stuff, but at the end of the day, Garoppolo has a bright future as a starting quarterback. He is a duel threat, and if he can not find a receiver open, he can run with the ball for a good chunk of yards.
Despite the amazing numbers that Brady produces season after season, he does not have a lot of years left in the league, with him being 39-years old.
The team has to think of a backup plan for the future, and that is where Garoppolo comes in, as he showcased his potential in his first two starts in the league.
Teams like the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and the San Fransisco 49ers will be interested in Garoppolo, due to the fact that these teams will be looking for a young quarterback that can lead the franchise and be the face of it.
Out of all of these teams, the most interested team will most likely be Cleveland or Chicago, if they can get rid of Jay Cutler’s contract somehow in the future.
The value will him for be draft picks, most likely first and second round picks. For a team like New England that has a quarterback that is in his prime and a quarterback that has a bright future as a starter, getting a high 1st round pick for the prospect would be fair value.
Garoppolo would be a great choice to replace Brady when he hangs up his cleats, as he is still young (24) that he has a great career ahead of him.
Out of himself and Jacoby Brissett, Garoppolo is the better quarterback, considering he can throw the ball more accurately, is better in the pocket, and he has a better arm as well. Both quarterbacks have good upside, but Garoppolo’s upside is much better than Brissett.
At the end of the day, the team should listen to offers for him, but the team should not trade him, since he has got so much potential and can be a great quarterback to lead the team after Brady retires.
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