The Patriots second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Garoppolo took the Gillette Stadium field on Tuesday to meet the many faces that will cover him during his time with the Patriots. He walked out with Patriots’ shorts sporting the No. 10 on them, the same number he wore at Eastern Illinois when he was breaking all sorts of FCS passing records over the last four years.
The number is the same, but his role on his new team will be very different. Garoppolo was “the man” at Eastern Illinois, throwing 53 touchdowns last season alone, but he comes to New England to back up Tom Brady and Ryan Mallet. He may not play a meaningful down of football for quite some time, but is open and ready for whatever situation comes his way.
As for the last time he was a backup play-caller, well, there wasn’t a last time.
“I don’t know if I ever … I don’t know,” Garoppolo said with a smile. “I don’t think I ever have.”
But the 22-year-old will take his new role in stride "
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