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True, there is little chance Jimmy Garoppolo steps in at quarterback for the New England Patriots this season. Head coach Bill Belichick may have finally found a true heir for Tom Brady's throne, however.
New England's second-round selection of Garoppolo was widely panned. Garoppolo got some predraft buzz, but he was considered a bit too raw for a second-round pick. There is also the fact the Patriots already have Brady and Ryan Mallett.
After a rough start to his pro career, he is beginning to prove his doubters wrong. As it turns out, it was a confidence problem early on, something he has overcome in recent weeks, per NESN.com's Doug Kyed:
“It’s one of those things — each opportunity you get, you gotta learn from it, get better each time, and if you do that, you just naturally gain more confidence,” Garoppolo said Wednesday at Gillette Stadium after practice.
Garoppolo can effortlessly flick a ball down the field 40 yards, and he displayed impressive accuracy along with underrated athleticism while playing at the FCS level in college, but the rookie said confidence is key for a quarterback.
“If you don’t have confidence, you go out there and you’re just not yourself,” Garoppolo said. “If you have confidence, you can be a good quarterback.”
If he keeps it up, the Patriots won't see much use for Mallett.