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Tanguay: Jimmy G needs to get out!

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Tanguay: Jimmy G needs to get out!

The Patriots have Jimmy Garoppolo by the grapes, but that doesn’t mean he can’t at least try and do something about it. 

To recap, Jimmy has this year left on his deal and next season could be franchised for about 25 million bucks. I can understand that it’s hard to feel bad for a guy who could make that kind of money for holding a clipboard, but Garoppolo should not be content with his situation. 

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He has to try and get out now. 

His first move should be to fire Don Yee. It is absurd that he has the same agent as the man he is trying to replace. If push comes to shove, who do you think Yee will give more love to? Brady, of course. Garoppolo needs to hire a barracuda like Drew Rosenhaus who will make some noise on his behalf. 

Waiting is not the best move to Jimmy, who could sit behind Brady for the next two years and not start until he is 27. Fortunately for Garoppolo, this game protects its quarterbacks and, with modern medicine, he could start for a decade and play until he’s 37. 

Still, what if things go bad for Jimmy this season? Fair or unfair, Garoppolo is perceived to be the guy to take over for Brady without missing a beat. And this is after only after five or so well-played quarters. What has really sealed Jimmy’s fate is Bill Belichick not wanting to trade him. 

When Adam Schefter reports that there is no way the Patriots are trading Garoppolo, an insurmountable level of expectation is placed on the kid. If Bill thinks he is untouchable, this guy must be the next Brady, Montana and Johnny U. combined. 

The reality is when Garappolo finally gets a chance to start he is going to have his ups and downs, just like Brady did in 2001. Did you forget about TB12’s four-interception game against the Broncos? When that happens to Mike Giardi’s favorite quarterback, and it will, he is going to get crushed.  If he struggles in relief of Brady this or next season for a few games, his stock will go down on the trade and free-agent market. 

Jimmy Garappolo’s value was never higher than this past spring and it can only go one way, down. Time for Jimmy to get out of Dodge. 

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Bledsoe, other ex-Patriots react to Terry Glenn's death

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Bledsoe, other ex-Patriots react to Terry Glenn's death

Drew Bledsoe was among the ex-Patriots taking to Twitter to react to Terry Glenn's untimely death on Monday.

Glenn died Monday morning after being involved in a car crash in Texas. The former Patriots wide receiver was 43.

Bledsoe reacted to Glenn's death with a series of tweets speaking highly of who he referred to as favorite receiver:

 

Troy Brown, Lawyer Milloy, and Scott Zolak shared their sentiments as well.

 

Belichick: Karras stepping in an illustration of why Patriots are good

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Belichick: Karras stepping in an illustration of why Patriots are good

Is it Tom Brady? Is it Bill Belichick? Well, yes and yes. But there are other reasons for why the Patriots are 8-2, obviously, and Belichick highlighted one of them by lauding one of the most unsung players on his 53-man active roster.

What Ted Karras did on Sunday -- filling in against the Raiders as the starting center in place of David Andrews -- was just one of many examples of a player making the most of an opportunity presented to him, Belichick explained.

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"Ted always works hard," he said after the Patriots beat the Raiders, 33-8. "Nobody spends more time at the facility than he does. Training. Preparing. He had an opportunity, and he stepped up and did the most with it. That's what we needed. That's why we have a good team. We have a lot of guys who do that."

Andrews came down with an illness last week and missed the team's final two practices at the Air Force Academy. As the primary fill-in at all three interior offensive line spots, Karras was tapped as the replacement, and he played all 60 offensive snaps for the Patriots in what was his first start since filling in for Shaq Mason during the 2016 season-opener. 

Karras had played just nine snaps going into the game -- all in a blowout against the Broncos the week prior -- but was part of an effort in the trenches that allowed Tom Brady to remain relatively clean for the vast majority of the game. On 38 drop-backs, Brady was pressured just seven times, he was hit three times, and he was sacked only once. And for the second consecutive week, Brady's offensive line was not penalized. 

Considering that Karras wasn't the only fill-in used, the offensive line's performance was all the more impressive. LaAdrian Waddle continued to be the primary replacement for Marcus Cannon, who is dealing with an ankly issue, and when Waddle left Sunday's game briefly on two different occasions then Cameron Fleming took his place. 

"They did a great job to step in like that . . . [Waddle] was battling out there, going against some really good players," Brady said. "It was a great team win. Great by the offensive line. They've really done a great job with the penalty situation, moving the line of scrimmage and so forth. Great protection. We just have to keep it going."

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