Well, I guess he is doing better than in minicamp, right? Prior to Training Camp, Garoppolo's highlight reel for his second year included throwing 5 interceptions in one session. Yikes.
Garoppolo needs to work on getting the ball out of his hands more quickly. Holding on to the football for too long, running around like crazy, and throwing over your body to the other side of the field is not something that you ever want to see an "NFL-ready" quarterback do. He needs to learn that it is okay to throw the ball away, rather than trying to make a play every down.
Up until this point, it has been hit or miss with Jimmy G. He has shown flashes of greatness, but has also showed that he isn't ready to start for the defending Super Bowl Champions. And to be perfectly honest, he shouldn't be. Garoppolo is a project. No one expected him to have to play the first four games of the season after winning a Super Bowl when everyone is going to be looking to knock out the Pats (even more so than usual).
Garoppolo is going to have to rely heavily on his running game and defense if he wants to help the Patriots thrive in the first quarter of the season. Look for Garoppolo to also use his legs relatively frequently, which will be a refreshing change from Touchdown Tommy. Instead of throwing risky passes, I don't think anyone would complain seeing Jimmy G tuck it and run for a couple yards.
Have faith, Patriots Nation
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS