Patriots still unsure how Garoppolo will respond in Week 1


Patriots still unsure how Garoppolo will respond in Week 1

FOXBORO -- Jimmy Garoppolo is a known commodity in a lot of ways. Since drafting him in 2014, the Patriots have learned about his work ethic, his athleticism and what he can process behind the line of scrimmage. 

What the team can't be sure of, though, is how he'll react when he takes over as the team's starting quarterback Week 1 in Arizona. For all the time the Patriots have spent with him, there's no way to perfectly simulate that situation.

"There's really nothing that can give you the experience of playing in a regular-season game other than playing in them," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels acknowledged on Sunday. "Jimmy's done a great job of working hard for the 2 1/2 years that he's been here and studying and improving every year in our system with what he can do in it. He's gonna prepare hard this week and be ready to go in the game. Jimmy's part of the team.

"We're gonna ask all our guys to do some certain things that we're gonna do to get done to win the game. Whatever that group of things is at the quarterback position, we're gonna be ready to do those things. Everybody's gotta play a part in that. It's certainly, the burden is not going to fall on one person here. Jimmy's excited for this opportunity and he's worked extremely hard, and prepared hard for it. And again, we're gonna look to prepare as hard as we can so he can get better with each one of these opportunities."

The Patriots opted not to play Garoppolo in the preseason finale, keeping him out of harm's way before he takes over for four weeks during Tom Brady's suspension, so they know their third-year signal-caller will be healthy when he takes on a talented Cardinals defense on the road. What's a little less certain is how he'll respond.

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.