From the deepest hole on the depth chart, Patriots rookie Jimmy Garoppolo has risen to stake his claim as the Patriots backup quarterback. And really, it all happened over eight days.
Garoppolo took over for Tom Brady after two series in the first quarter of last night’s preseason matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium and continued his sizzling summer run. He completed 6-of-12 passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, a week after going 9-for-13 for 157 yards and a touchdown in the opener against the Redskins.
Garoppolo got the early snaps for two reasons. First, he earned them by backing up his game performance with a sterling week in practice. Second, Ryan Mallett has dealt with a bothersome left knee injury that required a lot of maintenance just to get him into the joint workouts.