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Jimmy Garoppolo says he and Tom Brady ‘just go about their business’ for now 07.28.16 at 1:36 pm ET
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FOXBORO — If you were looking for something other than his trademark charismatic smile on Thursday, you were disappointed in Jimmy Garoppolo’s smooth handling of all questions surrounding the Patriots quarterback position.

In other words, he acted Thursday like he’s been there before.

The trick now is for Garoppolo to translate that confidence in handling questions as the Patriots quarterback into smooth play on the field as the team’s signal caller.

“Nothing has really changed. When they put me in for the reps I’m in for I’ll go out there, do my best and do whatever the coaches ask,” Garoppolo said. “But my mindset is basically the same.”

As he was surrounded by a gaggle of local and national media Thursday, Tom Brady made his way out the back of the training camp fields. There’s no word on when Brady might break his silence. Until he does, it’s up to Garoppolo to speak for the relationship between the two quarterbacks as Brady gets ready to serve his four-game Deflategate suspension.

“Not much has changed. We just go about our business. Coaches coach us and we just go out there and play,” Garoppolo said. “I’m just trying to go out there and get my game right, trying to get the offense ready as much as we can. We’ve got a long way to go. Training camp is a grind, but we got to get through it.”

On Wednesday, Matthew Slater said that he got the sense that Garoppolo has been preparing for this opportunity since the day the Patriots drafted him.

“Very excited,” Garoppolo said. “He’s right. That’s why we play the game. We play to get out there and get your opportunity and when it comes you’ve got to be ready for it.”

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When it comes to quarterback reps, Rob Gronkowski says it’s business as usual at 12:35 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Tight end Rob Gronkowski said that when it comes to dividing the QB reps with the Patriots, there’s been nothing out of the ordinary. At least as far as he can tell.

“It’s not a difference at all. Not a change at all. It’s training camp,” Gronkowski said after the first full day of camp workouts on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. “You take reps with every single quarterback — Jacoby [Brissett], Tom [Brady], Jimmy [Garoppolo]. Whoever it is, every single year in camp. It’s not like I just sit there and go with the same players every single time. I’m rotating with all the quarterbacks.”

He added: “However it is, it’s all in the coaches’ decision. But what I have to do is make sure I’m prepared and get open on the route whoever the quarterback is.”

Asked about the confidence level in Garoppolo, Gronkowski shrugged.

“We’re super-confident in whoever is in there,” he said. “That’s what practice is for. That’s what training camp is for. For everyone to get on the same page. It’s great to get, the first day, get our feet wet a little bit. Get reps with everyone, all three quarterbacks. So far, it’s going well. But a lot to improve on, for sure.”

Gronkowski said that he’s been able to build a relationship with Garoppolo the last two years.

“It definitely started two years ago,” he said. “I’ve gone with Jimmy many times — thrown with him many times out at practice. just get that chemistry going and go out on the field, get those reps together, go do one-on-one sessions together. Just throw like we always do. Just like any other process — repetition, so everyone is on the same page.”

As for Brady, Gronkowski seemed to suggest that the looming suspension is not have much of an impact on Brady’s overall work habits.

“Whatever circumstance you put Tom in, he’s never going to change,” Gronkowski said. “He’s going to come out to practice, no matter what, if he’s suspended, if he’s not suspended. If he’s playing, if he’s not playing. No matter what the circumstances are, I have never seen Tom Brady come out and not give it all in practice. There’s never a change in him. Whenever he’s on the field, he’s giving it his all. He’s such a competitor.”

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Devin McCourty won’t be teasing Tom Brady about Deflategate: ‘Doubt there would be much joking about that’ 07.27.16 at 4:30 pm ET
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Devin McCourty isn't about to tease Tom Brady about Deflategate. (Mike Petraglia/

Devin McCourty isn’t about to tease Tom Brady about Deflategate. (Mike Petraglia/

FOXBORO — There are things veteran players can do to other veteran players, especially at the beginning of training camp, to keep things loose and break up the monotony of training camp.

Busting Tom Brady about Deflategate is not on the list for Devin McCourty.

The Patriots seven-year veteran safety, sporting a Captain America “Trust Me” T-shirt at the podium, was asked Wednesday, the day before the first practice, if he might joke around with No. 12 about him having to sit out the first four games.

“No, the first day, I don’t think we talk about anything to do with football,” McCourty said. “I think it’s just guys catching up, seeing how families are doing and everything like that. But I doubt there would be much joking about that.”

Indeed, the Patriots were all business on Wednesday, as coaches held positional meetings with players on the eve of the first practice of camp.

The business of getting along without Tom Brady for the first four games was front and center, with players like McCourty and Matthew Slater the first to speak since Brady lost his appeal and decided to not pursue any further litigation.

“I think it’s [an] adjustment. Obviously, you can’t take the field without a guy like that and think you’re just going to go out there and pick up where you left off last year and fall right into stride, but I think we have a lot of good players,” McCourty said. “We have two other quarterbacks that have been very competitive. Jimmy [Garoppolo] has been here a couple of years now, so I think as a team we’ll just come together, go out there and figure out a way to win. That’s what it comes down to; we can’t stick on that subject, just prepare and get ready to play.”

Slater repeated the “adjustment” theme.

“It’s obviously going to be an adjustment,” Slater said. “We’re definitely thankful that he’s around now, and I think he brings so much to the table. There’s so much that we can learn from having him around, and obviously we all want to have a good training camp, it’s the foundation upon which the season is built, so I think he would definitely include himself in that group. Needless to say, there will definitely be an adjustment period for us in dealing with that, but we’re just going to take it one day at a time.”

Is the defense feeling more pressure to start strong, knowing the team will begin the season without Tom Brady leading the offense?

“I think from the outside, everyone will say that, but for us as a defense, even when you play with the greatest quarterback, we don’t go out there saying, ‘We only have to play OK because Tom [Brady] is here.’ We always want to play good football, go out there and really find out who we’ll be as a defense,” McCourty said. “It starts [Thursday] at practice with attitude, toughness, running to the ball, condition. I think for us as a defense, we want to be a dominating defense no matter what the situation is and no matter who is out there on offense. We always kind of take the mentality and attitude that we have to go out there and play defense no matter if the offense is scoring touchdowns, if they’re not scoring touchdowns. I think if we can develop as individual units, that’s what makes us better as a whole.”

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, how Patriots will cope at 3:50 pm ET
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FOXBORO —’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss how head coach Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and the Patriots are getting ready for the opening of training camp with Tom Brady suspended for the first four games of the NFL season. Belichick says getting Jimmy Garoppolo ready for the season is the priority.

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Josh McDaniels: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo both will get ‘plenty of reps’ in training camp at 12:59 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels

FOXBORO — Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Wednesday that both Tom Brady and  Jimmy Garoppolo will “get plenty of reps” throughout training camp.

McDaniels said that even with Brady facing a four-game ban, when it comes to all three quarterbacks on the roster — including rookie Jacoby Brissett — each one of them will get a lot of opportunities this summer.

“We usually split them up pretty evenly. We don’t put anybody in first or second groups of third groups or anything like that at this point,” McDaniels said of the way reps are distributed at this time on the calendar. “What we really try to focus on is getting everybody opportunities to work on their fundamentals and techniques, to work with the different players that are on our team, because we don’t know right now who is going to be doing what necessarily, six or seven weeks from now.

“They’re both going to get plenty of reps. So will Jacoby. We’re going to do what we’ve normally done in the past. All those guys have things we can get better at, and we’re excited to coach them all and work with every one of them.”

McDaniels was asked if the sense of clarity around the quarterback position — as opposed to the same time last year — makes it easier to prepare for the season.

“It’s always good to know what you’re dealing with, so in that regard, we have an opportunity to focus on the things that, as we go through camp, maybe we need to do more of or less of,” McDaniels said. “But that really happens at all positions. Not just the quarterback position. As an offense and as a coordinator, you have to continue to focus on what your group needs through camp anyway. It’s always good to have an idea of what you may be dealing with, but as we all know in our game, it’s one play here, one play there, an injury here, an injury there, and then things change dramatically from week to week and day to day.”

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Bill Belichick: ‘Priority’ is to have Jimmy Garoppolo ready for regular season at 12:34 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick acknowledged on Wednesday the situation facing the team with Tom Brady set to sit for the first four games of the season, and said the immediate “priority” is to get Jimmy Garoppolo ready for the 2016 campaign.

“We have finally some definition with Tom’s situation, so our priority now then is to get Jimmy ready for the start of the season, for the Arizona game,” Belichick said in a Wednesday afternoon press conference. “So that will obviously be a comprehensive process.

“Tom will return as the starting quarterback when he comes back. But in the meantime, we have to prioritize the first part of our schedule, and that will be get Jimmy ready to go.”

Pressed for specifics, Belichick reiterated his main point.

“We’re going to get [Garoppolo] ready the best we can. I don’t know how else I can put it,” Belichick added. “We have some clarity with Tom’s situation, [and] he’ll be our starter when he returns.”

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Matt Damon: When Tom Brady comes back in Week 5, he’s going to be ‘pissed’ 07.26.16 at 9:16 pm ET
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Tom Brady

When it comes to Deflategate, he might not be as amped up as his buddy Ben Affleck, but Matt Damon still feels pretty strongly about what the NFL has done to Tom Brady.

Damon, a confirmed Patriots fan, ripped the league’s decision to give the quarterback a four-game suspension while speaking on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Tuesday.

“It’s just the slipshod way that they were measuring these footballs to begin with,” Damon said. “There was absolutely no science involved, they were giving them this cantaloupe test. And when they switched his balls out at halftime of that Colts game, I don’t think people remember that Tommy went out and scored four straight touchdowns with the overinflated balls that they gave him.”

He also warned the league about Brady’s state of mind heading into the Week 5 contest against the Browns.

“Tom’s going to be pissed. And him pissed is a good thing for the New England Patriots’ faithful,” Damon said. “We love seeing him like that. Because he’s as focused a human being as I’ve met anyway.”

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