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Jimmy Garoppolo admits there are times he gets impatient backing up Tom Brady 02.21.17 at 11:20 am ET
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Jimmy Garoppolo has been backing up Tom Brady for three years. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

Jimmy Garoppolo has been backing up Tom Brady for three years. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

Jimmy Garoppolo has been in the league for three years and is good enough to be a starter, but he just hasn’t got an opportunity because he’s been backing up Tom Brady.

Garoppolo was supposed to start the first four games of 2016 because of Brady’s four-game suspension, but that ended up being six quarters after he suffered a shoulder injury against the Dolphins in Week 2.

In those six quarters, Garoppolo went 42-for-59 with 496 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Over his three seasons, he has completed 63-of-94 passes for 690 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Appearing on Adam Schefter’s “Know them from Adam” podcast, Garoppolo admitted he does get impatient at times being Brady’s backup and not getting on the field much.

“There’s times,” Garoppolo said. “Obviously the kickoff happens and you are ready to roll. The juices get flowing again. You get the adrenaline, the butterflies. It’s football, you have to love the atmosphere.”

Schefter also proposed a hypothetical question looking ahead to next season and if Garoppolo were to stay with the Patriots in 2017. After next season Garoppolo will be a free agent and he could look to stay with the Patriots or try and sign with another team where he likely be a starter and not play behind Brady.

Garoppolo was asked what he would want to do, but answered in typical Patriots-fashion.

“That is a good question,” Garoppolo said. “Between now and then there are so many different thing that can happen, that might not happen. It’s tough to say. We all play the game. We all want to be out there on the field and get an opportunity to play. I guess we will cross that bridge when we get there is probably the best way to put it. We’re competitors at the end of the day. We want to be out there, I want to be out there competing and playing with my teammates.”

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Jimmy Garoppolo says he can’t completely ignore trade speculation 02.21.17 at 11:00 am ET
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Jimmy Garoppolo said his family is big on keeping him updated with trade rumors. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

Jimmy Garoppolo said his family is big on keeping him updated with trade rumors. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

Not only is it a big topic in New England, but it is a big topic across the entire NFL — will Jimmy Garoppolo get traded this offseason?

With Tom Brady expected to play at least a few more years and Garoppolo’s contract expiring at the end of 2017, the thought is the Patriots will look to trade Garoppolo to get something in return with his value being so high.

Appearing on Adam Schefter’s “Know them from Adam” podcast, Garoppolo said he’s doing his best to tune-out the rumors, but admitted it’s hard to do.

“I try to,” Garoppolo said. “I can’t say that I do it completely, but I try to. My mom loves telling me the news updates, so she’s all over that stuff, but it’s been working really well.”

The Eastern Illinois product noted his family, especially his mom, are big at monitoring social media and knowing all the rumors that are swirling about him.

“I’m telling you, she could be your assistant,” he said to Schefter. “She’s all over the place. Her and my dad on Twitter and stuff like that — I don’t even think they know how to tweet, but they always have something going on.”

Added Garoppolo: “They know what to hit me with and what to keep quiet. They know me so well that they know what I’d like to hear and what I don’t need to hear. There’s a couple slip-ups here and there, I’m not going to lie to you, but they’re just so excited about it. It’s an exciting time, and they’re loving it.”

Many have connected Garoppolo to the Bears and with him residing roughly 20 minutes from downtown, he said he gets asked about what it would be like playing for the Bears a lot.

“I get asked about [that] all the time from my friends and family back in Chicago,” Garoppolo said. “They’re good reporters, my family. But I keep telling them I really don’t know how it would feel until — if it was to happen, I wouldn’t know how I’d feel until it did, you know? So it’s kind of one of those things, it’s hard to say right now.”

That is also his mindset about any of the other potential teams that could trade for him.

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Chris Hogan: Patriots were ‘100 percent [convinced]’ they’d rally to beat Falcons at halftime of Super Bowl LI 02.21.17 at 6:00 am ET
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Chris Hogan discussed the Patriots' comeback in Super Bowl LI on NFL Network Monday. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Chris Hogan discussed the Patriots’ comeback in Super Bowl LI on NFL Network Monday. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Even though the Patriots trailed the Falcons 21-3 at halftime of Super Bowl LI, the team didn’t lose hope.

In fact, they had a good feeling they would be able to come back and win.

Appearing on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” on Monday, Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan went as far as saying the team was 100 percent convinced it would be able to come back and set the record for the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

“We were talking amongst ourselves telling everyone, ‘We’re going to pull this off. This is going to be a great story,'” Hogan said of the mindset at halftime. “[We were] 100 percent [convinced], no doubt in our minds. Everyone was walking around there more than confident.”

Added Hogan: “It is a long halftime. It’s much longer than the regular season. You get in there and we didn’t play a good half of football, so it is a little quiet. Everyone gets in there and we went through our thing — everyone has their IV’s, whatever. Coach [Belichick] comes in, Josh [McDaniels] came in and talked to us, Matt [Patricia] came in and talked to the defense and then we went over some things. We talked about what we did well, what we didn’t do well. There wasn’t a pep talk.”

The wide receiver said the parade back in Boston two days later was crazy with the star being Rob Gronkowski.

“It would have to be Gronk,” Hogan said. “He is like a walking highlight show. The guy is always smiling. He has so much fun. The parade was awesome. It was snowing, raining — it was like a perfect Boston day. Everyone was out there. It was crazy. It was a lot of fun.”

Here are a few other highlights from Hogan on the show.

On joining the Patriots last offseason: “I was excited, how could you not be? I played against them for four years. I knew what kind of team they were. They had the best quarterback to ever play the game. When I went on the visit and got to walk around the facility, and meet Coach Belichick and meet some of the guys, it was an exciting time for me.”

On Julian Edelman comparing Jimmy Garoppolo to Aaron Rodgers/Brett Favre: “I would probably make a similar comparison. Jimmy has a great arm. He is an athletic kid and he plays really well. When he gets his chance in the NFL I think he will be real successful.”

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Visual evidence Bill Belichick has new boat ‘VII Rings’ 02.20.17 at 5:00 pm ET
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Bill Belichick said the day after the Super Bowl he would change the name of his boat this offseason and it looks like he’s made good on his word.

Courtesy of Barstool Sports, a photo has surfaced of Belichick’s boat in Jupiter, Florida with the coach lounging on it and “VII Rings” engraved on the side.

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Jets’ tampering with Darrelle Revis in 2015 reportedly more severe than NFL led on 02.20.17 at 1:59 pm ET
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The Jets reportedly severely tampered with Darrelle Revis. (Jim McIsaac /Getty Images)

The Jets reportedly severely tampered with Darrelle Revis. (Jim McIsaac /Getty Images)

Remember when the Jets were fined $100,000 in 2015 for tampering with Darrelle Revis before he signed with them right when free agency began?

Well, the Jets reportedly did more than just have Woody Johnson say he wanted him back during a December press conference.

In a piece published in the New York Daily News on Monday, columnist Manish Mehta revealed things went much deeper than that.

According to Mehta, the Jets communicated with Revis, Inc. through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 scouting combine rather than make calls from the team’s landlines at their Florham Park facility, and Johnson knew all about it.

All this came immediately after Revis won a Super Bowl with the Patriots.

Revis eventually signed a five-year $70 million deal with the Jets as soon as free agency opened, but after the events of last week and the cornerback’s poor play this past season, the contract is looking like a mistake.

But, with everything that happened leading up to the signing it’s looking like just a case of bad karma going the Jets’ way.

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Devin McCourty: ‘I don’t want to go and sit around the White House for 4 hours to shake the president’s hand’ 02.20.17 at 11:00 am ET
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Devin McCourty further explained why he won't be attending a White House ceremony. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Devin McCourty further explained why he won’t be attending a White House ceremony. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Devin McCourty is one of six Patriots players who have already said they will not attend a ceremony at the White House honoring the Super Bowl champs.

“I’m not going to the White House,” McCourty told TIME via text message the day after the Super Bowl. “Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t. … I can’t imagine a way I go there.”

Over the weekend, McCourty returned to Rutgers for a blood drive at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and qhile he was there he spoke with NJ.com and further explained his reasons for not planning on visiting the White House.

McCourty said his decision is not a boycott.

“I personally don’t think so, but I think at this time in our country people feel like it’s a huge statement so they are going with it,” he said. “For me, it is what it is. Last time we won, a bunch of guys didn’t go, but it just wasn’t as a big a deal as it is now.”

Added McCourty: “It wasn’t really a big decision. I knew I wasn’t going to the White House if we won. To me, it’s a personal decision. Having been there before, you go there and you shake the president’s hand. That’s it. For me, I don’t want to go and sit around the White House for four hours to shake the president’s hand.”

McCourty also noted he won’t be trying to influence any of his teammates and their decision. They can decide for themselves.

“I think everybody on the team has the right and should decide,” he said. “I don’t think you should not go because six guys aren’t going, or you should go. To me, it’s up to you if you want to go or not.”

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James White returns to University of Wisconsin, gets greeted with ‘MVP’ chants 02.20.17 at 10:09 am ET
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Patriots running back James White became somewhat of a national star following Super Bowl LI when he scored three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime.

White already was a star at the University of Wisconsin and the running back returned to his alma mater this weekend as he was honored at both the hockey and basketball games.

Sunday afternoon White was celebrated during one of the media timeouts when Wisconsin hosted Maryland. The crowd gave him a big round of applause and even started a “MVP” chant.

(Click here for the video.)

Before the game, White spoke about what his life has been like in the few weeks since the Super Bowl.

“It’s been fun, it’s been tiring, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I’ve just been enjoying it,” White said, according to Madison.com. “Been all over the place … but got to find time to train, stay in shape because most people’s offseason already started so you have to get after it.”

White figures to have a similar role with the Patriots next season as the team’s top third-down running back.

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