Patriots Receive their Second Win, But Not Without A Tough Loss
Week one was a success for new starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He led the New England Patriots to a 23–21 win at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. This close game proved, that Garoppolo is capable of leading this team through the next three games of the season. Patriots star quarterback, Tom Brady, praised Jimmy G’s first win, as a starter. During a Westwood One Sports radio interview with Jim Gray, Brady commented on the performance of his team, as well as Jimmy’s performance. He said, “Jimmy did everything he was asked to do. It was a great way to start the season for our team”. As tough as it may be for Tom Brady to watch his team play without him for the next three weeks, he seems confident enough that they will be able to secure some wins for his return.
Tom Brady is not the only one who sees the potential that Jimmy Garoppolo has as a starting quarterback in the league. After proving himself in Arizona, Patriots fans have rallied around Jimmy G, and are confident in his abilities to lead this team to victories. That confidence came to a screeching halt this past Sunday against the Miami Dolphins with a little under five minutes left in the first half.
During the end of the second quarter, Jimmy G completed a first down pass to rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, but was slow to get up after being tackled by Dolphin’s linebacker, Kiko Alonso. Everyone held their breath as they watched their quarterback struggle to get ready for the next play. He dropped to a knee as he was walking towards the Patriots sideline. The audience at home could see Garoppolo grimace in pain, as the training staff ran over to check, what looked to be his right shoulder. Garoppolo was taken out for the rest of the game, after completing 18 of his 27 passes for 234 yards, and three touchdowns.
Third-string quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, took the field with the Patriots up 21–0 with minutes left in the first half. Brissett lead the Patriots to their fourth touchdown of the game, after Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny, forced a Dolphin’s fumble. The rookie quarterback from NC State, completed 6 of his 9 passes for 92 yards, in the Patriots 31–24 win over the Miami Dolphins. The big question is will third string quarterback, Brissett, be the Patriots starting quarterback in their Thursday night game against the Houston Texans. The next question is, who will be Brissett’s backup quarterback. It might be a long stretch, but wide receiver Julian Edelman, might have to answer that call. Edelman was the quarterback for his college football team at Kent State, for three years. He also has one pass recorded in his professional career. His pass went for a 51-yard touchdown in a playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2015 season.
On Tuesday, we learned that Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint in his right throwing shoulder. The Patriots believe “there’s a chance” that Garoppolo might play Thursday night against the Texans. Although Jimmy did not participate in the team’s practice on Tuesday, he was listed under limited participant. As of now, Jimmy G’s recovery is day-to-day. The best-case scenario for Jimmy Garoppolo to see some playing time Thursday night, could be as an emergency backup quarterback. Who knows, Patriots fans could see Jimmy G return sooner than we think.