New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon, but the future Hall of Famer likes what he sees in both of his potential successors. Last week he showed confidence in fourth-year quarterback Ryan Mallett and this week he gives praise to rookie Jimmy Garoppolo. In an interview with WEEI on Monday, Brady talked about the play of the young quarterback and how he must continue to improve.
Garoppolo has excited fans in his first two NFL preseason games. He has shown an ability to move around in the pocket and has also shown off his arm. In his two appearances he is 15-for-25 with 229 yards and three touchdowns and has a confidence about him. His progress so far in his young career has drawn the attention of Brady.
“He’s went out there and done just a great job when he’s had his opportunity,” Brady said in the interview. “That’s great to see from any young player. But you gotta keep building on it, you gotta keep getting better and making improvements, and improving your deficiencies while strengthening the things that are really strong points for you.”
The Patriots selected Garoppolo in the second-round of this year’s NFL draft. He was the highest quarterback selected in the draft since Drew Bledsoe. The young quarterback struggled at the beginning of training camp, but his in-game performances showed why the Patriots grabbed him in such a high round. When asked whether Garoppolo has shown all the elements it takes to be a successful NFL quarterback, Brady said, “It’s hard to tell after such a short period of time.”
Brady pointed out that individuals have to improve physically and mentally over the course of a long season. He feels that improvement is what separates the good teams from the bad teams, especially when a team knows they can count on each and every individual player.
He said, “You gotta be counted on to do your job at a high level every single day if you’re going to be a great team. Jimmy falls into that category just like everybody else does. From the first guy on the roster all the way down to the guy who’s the last guy on the roster.”