Tom Brady feels for Eli Manning, happy for Jimmy Garoppolo

Tom Brady feels for Eli Manning, happy for Jimmy Garoppolo

FOXBORO — The revolving door of big-name quarterbacks is starting to move this week, as Jimmy Garoppolo will make his first start with the 49ers while Eli Manning will be benched by the Giants after 210 straight starts. 

Tom Brady’s name is often uttered in the same sentence as both players. Garoppolo might have been the heir apparent to Brady had it appeared Brady’s career was near its end. Manning, of course, is the only quarterback to beat Brady in a Super Bowl. 


Brady spoke about both players Friday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, starting with his former teammate. 

“It’s a great opportunity for Jimmy,” Brady said. “We’ve kept in touch and I always wish him the best of luck. I think he’ll do a great job. The Niners are lucky to have him.”

Garoppolo’s third career start and first since Week 2 of last season will come against the Bears. Last week, he got into the 49ers’ loss to the Seahawks late and completed both of his passes, one of which went for a touchdown. 

Manning, meanwhile, was rather unceremoniously benched this week by the 2-9 Giants in favor of former Jets quarterback Geno Smith. The move has been highly criticized by players throughout the league, with Philip Rivers calling the move “pathetic.” 

As one might expect, Brady was more reserved. 

“It’s just unfortunate,” Brady said. “The NFL’s a tough league and you just have to do your best as a player, keep doing the best you can do whether it’s for the team you’re on or another team [after]. If you love playing and can keep doing it at a high level, [you can] still play.” 

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. 


Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

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Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

After missing out on coveted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater and brought back Josh McCown as short-term solutions at QB, but with the trade they made with the Colts on Saturday, their future franchise QB could be drafted next month.

The Jets acquired the No. 3 overall pick in the April 26 draft from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the sixth overall pick, two 2018 second-round picks (37th and 49th) and a 2019 second-rounder.

UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold are considered the top QBs in the draft. The Cleveland Browns and New York Giants have the first two picks, the Browns have No. 4, too, and could be eyeing a QB. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley could be among the top picks as well. 

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