Jimmy Garoppolo is reportedly dealing with a leg injury

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Jun 13, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (19) during minicamp at Gillette Stadium practice field. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

For those ready to anoint Jimmy Garoppolo the next Patriots’ starting quarterback, there remains one huge elephant in the room. His durability. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Garoppolo spent time riding the bike and missed his regular reps at Tuesday’s OTA with a minor leg injury.


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Last year in fill-in duty for Tom Brady, Garoppolo lasted just six quarters before being knocked out of the Week 2 matchup against the Dolphins. Jacoby Brissett took the reigns the rest of the way before Brady returned in Week 5. Despite the minor nature of the injury, this still continues a trend in his short career.

Jimmy Garoppolo Career Stats
Year Age Tm G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Lng Rate QBR
2014 23 NWE 6 0 19 27 70.4 182 1 0 37 101.2 22.3
2015 24 NWE 5 0 1 4 25.0 6 0 0 6 39.6 9.0
2016 25 NWE 6 2 2-0-0 43 63 68.3 502 4 0 37 113.3 89.9
Care Care 17 2 2-0-0 63 94 67.0 690 5 0 37 106.2

Although impressive in his two starts, Garoppolo’s durability should raise red flags for the Patriots. Brady’s long lasting health, aside from a knee injury in 2008, is one of the many great aspects of Brady’s career. In a short sample, Garoppolo has raised enough questions about his durability that it should make the Patriots hesitant to give him the reigns.

Garoppolo could very well be a productive player in the NFL, but if he is only productive for half a season, how valuable is he? When Tony Romo was healthy, he was one of the best quarterbacks in the league. However, a fragile collarbone, amoung other things, limited his ability to win a championship for the Cowboys. His injuries eventually paved the way for Dak Prescott.

With that in mind, this is evidence that in no way has the team committed to Garoppolo for next season. Let alone for the long-term future. If Brady can play for at least three more, Garoppolo will never start for the Patriots.

With a limited time available to determine Garoppolo’s durability, Patriots’ fans may be disappointed in the return for the presumed future quarterback. If Garoppolo continues to suffer minor injuries here and there throughout the upcoming season, then the likelihood of the Patriots using the franchise tag falls even further. Possibly leading to the young quarterback to walk at year’s end.

– Ian Glendon is the Managing Editor for cover32/Patriots and covers the NFL and New England Patriots. Like and follow on and Facebook.

 

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