|09.18.16 at 9:11 pm ET|
There is better news on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
According to multiple reports (first reported by CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran), Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins. The quarterback will not play in Thursday’s game against the Texans, but could return for Week 4 against the Bills.
Tom Brady will be back in Week 5, so really the next two games are the ones that matter most for Garoppolo.
The quarterback was injured in the second quarter of Sunday’s 31-24 win over the Dolphins when his right shoulder was pinned into the turf after taking a hit. After squatting down for several minutes on the field with trainers, he went right to the locker room after gingerly walking off.
Garoppolo was having a great game to that point as he was 18-for-27 with 234 yards and three touchdowns.
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|09.18.16 at 7:17 pm ET|
FOXBORO — While the Patriots opted not to bring in a fourth quarterback during training camp, it looks like they will be forced to add one now with Jimmy Garoppolo suffering a shoulder injury in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins.
The injury will reportedly keep him out of Thursday’s game against the Texans at minimum, so the team will likely need someone to backup Jacoby Brissett with Tom Brady being suspended the first four games.
New England will likely need a quarterback for the next two weeks until Brady comes back in Week 5, as at least as of now, it doesn’t look like Garoppolo will be ready before then. Once Brady comes back, that quarterback will be let go as the team cannot carry four quarterbacks at the same time.
(For what it’s worth, Julian Edelman was almost certainly the emergency quarterback the last two weeks and would have gone in Sunday if Brissett got injured.)
Here are five quarterbacks the Patriots could bring in for the next two weeks.
1. Ryan Lindley
Lindley was with the Patriots last preseason as the team didn’t know would happen with Brady in terms of the Deflategate case. He played in the entire final preseason game against the Giants and went 22-for-45 for 253 yards with one interception and a late fumble. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 draft by the Cardinals. Lindley is most known for starting in the 2015 playoffs when Drew Stanton was injured late in the year and Carson Palmer was injured earlier that year. After being released by the Patriots last summer, he signed on with the Colts, but never appeared in a game. Lindey might be the best option given he already has a good grasp of the offense from his time with the team last summer.
2. Matt Flynn
Flynn may be the best backup available on the market. In 51 career games, mostly with the Packers, Flynn has completed 61 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He started against the Patriots in a 2010 game with the Packers and in that game he went 24-for-37 with 251 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The Patriots know how good he can be, as they brought him in last summer before Lindley, but he didn’t pass his physical.
|09.18.16 at 7:14 pm ET|
FOXBORO — One thing is for sure, Martellus Bennett isn’t going to be an emergency quarterback.
The tight end was asked, with the injury to Jimmy Garoppolo, if he might be able to serve as an emergency quarterback. He quickly assured everyone that he will stick to blocking and catching the ball as a tight end.
Good thing for the Patriots. Bennett caught five passes for 114 yards and his first touchdown with the Patriots in a 31-24 win over the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.
Bennett was also on the receiving end for Jacoby Brissett’s first career completion, a pitch-and-catch on a blown coverage in the third quarter that resulted in a 37-yard ramble and an epic face-wash stiff-arm of Byron Maxwell.
“I talk to Jacoby a lot, you know? I actually rode here with him today,” Bennett said. “I was just trying to make plays, really. I feel like one of the best things I do when I get the ball in my hands is making things happen. We ran it earlier; we took a shot down the field and kind of got the same result. We came back to it later on in the game and it was still open again and that one we were able to complete and get moving down the field.”
As for his 20-yard seam route in the first quarter that resulted in his first touchdown as a Patriot, Bennett said he was just doing his thing.
“I’m a blue collar football player,” Bennett said. “Whether it’s a 5-yard pass and you break two tackles and get 8 yards, whatever it is, that’s what I do so. Man, I’m just here to play football and have fun. I’m just having a lot of fun right now with these guys. I love my teammates. I love the coaches. I love this environment and these fans and, for me that’s all it’s really about, just going out there and doing the things I love to do, and have fun doing it. I haven’t had this much fun in a long time in the NFL and I think it’s making a big difference for me. Because when it’s fun, it’s much easier to go out there and play.
“One of the things they say is the more you can do, the more they’ll use you on the field. So I just tried to show them that I could do everything whether it’s pass, block, pick up blitzes, you know, catch the ball, outside inside. Whatever it is, I just try to show them that I’m able to do every single thing that I can possibly do to so that way I could be on the field.”
|09.18.16 at 6:33 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The situation certainly was not ideal for Jacoby Brissett.
The rookie quarterback out of North Carolina State came into the game with five minutes left in the second quarter to replace the injured Jimmy Garoppolo. At the moment Kiko Alonso drove Garoppolo’s right shoulder into the turf, Garoppolo was red hot, having thrown for 234 yards and three touchdowns through the first 25 minutes.
But Brissett knew he was not going to be asked to do the same things. As conservative he might have been on the field in a 31-24 win over the Miami Dolphins Sunday, he was more so after.
“Just preparing since I got here, when I got drafted, and just taking one day at a time,” Brissett said.
As the team usually does with first-year players, there was a watchful eye on every word Brissett said. The rookie from North Carolina State completed 6-of-9 passes for 92 yards and handed off to LeGarrette Blount for what proved to be the game-clinching touchdown.
“I felt prepared and did enough for us to secure the win,” Brissett said. “[We] did enough to get the win and obviously, get better but enough to get [the win].”
With the Patriots up, 31-17, Brissett ran for seven yards to the Miami 28 in the fourth quarter. But the run was wiped out by a Joe Thuney holding call. He was sacked and lost the ball on the next play. The Patriots had to punt the Dolphins made it a one-score game. Still, Brissett finished with 12 yards on four scrambles to contribute with his legs.
Julian Edelman was one of many in the Patriots locker room who gave Brissett credit for keeping his cool.
Brissett had little time to react emotionally to the Garoppolo injury.
“He’s a great guy and I hope he’s well but you’ve just go to [play]. When it’s time to go, you’ve just got to make sure you’re ready to go and hopefully [we’ll] get him back.”
Now, Brissett figures to make his third NFL start on Thursday against the Texans.
“Just got to go and prepare and go out there and do my job.”
|09.18.16 at 6:29 pm ET|
FOXBORO — While the Patriots picked up their second win of the season Sunday, it certainly wasn’t the team’s best effort.
Following losing Jimmy Garoppolo in the second quarter with the Patriots leading 21-0, the Patriots barely hung on for a 31-24 win as the Dolphins scored 21 points in the second half and even had the ball in the closing seconds with a chance to tie the game.
“We need to play better on defense, obviously,” Bill Belichick said. “It goes without saying. Coach better, play better.”
Besides allowing 21 points (24 unanswered going back to the end of the first half), the Patriots defense allowed 310 total yards, 16 first downs and allowed Ryan Tannehill to go 22-for-27 with 273 yards and two touchdowns in the second half alone.
It was the fourth straight game Tannehill has passed for over 300 yards against the Patriots and fifth time in the last six games.
After going down 31-3, the Dolphins didn’t let up as they scored touchdowns on their next three drives — Kenny Stills had a 24-yard touchdown catch with 5:45 left in the third, Jordan Cameron had a 12-yard touchdown catch early in the third and then Kenyan Drake had a seven-yard touchdown run with 6:06 left in the game.
Following a Stephen Gostkowski missed 39-yard field goal, the Dolphins had a chance to tie the game with just over a minute left, but on fourth-and-5 from the Patriots’ 29-yard line Tannehill threw an interception to Duron Harmon in the end zone to seal the win for the Patriots.
Safety Devin McCourty knows the defense needs to be better and not let up no matter what the score may be.
“We’re not humans, we’re robots,” he joked. “We’ve got to play better. I think for us defensively, it’s our mentality [that has to get better.] You never know. You come out here some days and the offense will be hot, other times we have to step up and make some plays. That shows by going out there and being consistent. When you get into tough games, you can only rely on consistency. To come out in the second half and not play well shows that it’s September and we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”
|09.18.16 at 5:51 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots survive Miami in their home opener but lose Jimmy Garoppolo. What’s up next for the Patriots and how did they respond in the locker room afterward? WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price have your recap of the Patriots win at Gillette Stadium.
|09.18.16 at 5:49 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Life in the NFL is to expect the unexpected, and rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett experienced that Sunday aftrernoon.
After starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was injured in the second quarter against the Dolphins, in came Brissett, who has only been an NFL quarterback for a few short months and got limited reps in the preseason with Garoppolo and Tom Brady also seeing time.
Brissett handled things about as well as he could, as the Patriots held on for a 31-24 win in the home opener. The NC State product went 6-for-9 passing for 92 yards. He also ran for 12 yards on four carries.
“He came in and he handled it well,” wide receiver Julian Edelman said. “He’s a baby and it’s just funny to see him in the huddle on stuff. I’m proud of him. He handled it real well. He made calls. He made right run checks and all that stuff. I’m sure there’s more we can do better, but he came in and Jacoby, he handled it like a professional.”
Bill Belichick also had positive things to say about Brissett.
“Jacoby – look, he’s been working for this for a long time, all the way back into the spring, all the way through training camp,” Belichick said. “He’s gotten a lot of reps. He did a good job; pressure situation, played 2 1/2 quarters and he did a good job for us.”
With Garoppolo reportedly out for Thursday, it will be Brissett making his first NFL start. Edelman realizes that’s how things go in the NFL and the team will be ready.
“That’s NFL football season. It’s been different in the past at that position, but it’s like any other position, you have to keep it going,” he said. “The train keeps on moving and it just means we’re going to have to have a great week of preparation against a really good football team. You know Houston and Billy [O’Brien] is going to have them prepared and play hard. It’s one of those tough weeks.”
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