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As a backup with Patriots, Jimmy Garoppolo thought he was better than Tom Brady

Patriots Wire logo Patriots Wire 7/23/2018 Henry McKenna
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Jimmy Garoppolo was not intimidated by Tom Brady.

Garoppolo, who the New England Patriots picked in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, explained how his mindset changed throughout his tenure with his first team. His confidence built quickly - and enormously.

"I've always had that mindset," Garoppolo, now with the San Francisco 49ers, told Bleacher Report. "I knew that [Brady] was better than me in my first day in the NFL. Naturally, you're the rookie and he's the veteran, but you have to have that mindset, that you want to be the starter."

"Even when I was a little kid, my brothers, whenever we would play, I would literally always think I was going to win. I wouldn't, but I would always think that. It's like when I go to New England, when I first got there, I thought in my head, 'I'm better than this dude.'"

So he believed he was the best quarterback in that group?

"Yeah, you believe in yourself," Jimmy said. "That's the best way to put it."

Garoppolo got two starts during Brady's four-game suspension for Deflategate. Garoppolo, however, suffered a shoulder injury in the second game amid a torrid run of 232 yard and three touchdowns in three quarters against the Miami Dolphins. When the Patriots traded Garoppolo to the 49ers, Bill Belichick made it clear he was unhappy to part ways with the young quarterback.

Garoppolo has since begun to prove his starts with New England were not an aberration. He hasn't lost a game, and finished his five starts with the 49ers with 1,542 yards, six touchdowns a five interceptions.

Be sure to read the whole B/R story here .


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