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Giardi: Texting story shows how difficult it was to trade Jimmy G

Giardi: Texting story shows how difficult it was to trade Jimmy G

FOXBORO -- Let’s face it, being Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t suck. He inked a massive contract with the 49ers this offseason, impressing everyone in the organization with his talent, his attention to detail and his ability to lead. Now he’s all over the news, going on a date with an adult film actress and being featured in a couple of major publications - Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

In the latter, there was an interesting nugget culled by writer Jenny Vrentas. That Bill Belichick texted Garoppolo after each one of his five wins with San Francisco. Yes, the same technologically challenge guy who was captured by NFL Films explaining how he couldn’t change his car clock after daylight savings. The same fella who refers to social media sites as MyFace, InstaFace and SnapFace. Yeah, that Bill Belichick has apparently figured out texting though, predictably, he wouldn’t get into during his Wednesday press conference.

"Yeah, again, those are things that happened months ago and honestly I'm not too focused on October, November, December of 2017,” Belichick said when asked about the report. “I'm trying to get our team ready for training camp. That's where I'm at. I'm not going to engage in stuff that happened eight months ago. We could talk about a million things that happened 20 years ago. I'm not there.”

Perhaps he won’t, but his actions in texting Garoppolo further illustrate just how difficult a decision it was to trade Tom Brady’s backup at the trade deadline. Belichick had gone out his way in the preseason to to beat back those who thought Garoppolo had stagnated as a player then, upon the stunning trade, remarked how the Patriots had the “best quarterback situation in the league” and that team had “explored every option to sustain it” before finally pulling the trigger. 

Tom Brady's stay-at-home message contains healthy living tips amid pandemic

Tom Brady's stay-at-home message contains healthy living tips amid pandemic

Tom Brady is the latest athlete to record a stay at home message amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But his is a little different than the other ones you've already seen.

While most have spent time focusing on providing encouraging words to those dealing with the struggles of social distancing, Brady focused more on how to stay healthy amid the pandemic. Here's a look at his full message courtesy of the NFL's Twitter account.

This was a nice idea by Brady to give some tips to help people adjust to these unfamiliar living conditions. It also lines up pretty well with his health and lifestyle brand, TB12, so it's no surprise to see him preach the benefits of staying hydrated, being active, and eating nutrient-rich vegetables.

Of course, Brady did also have some words of encouragement for his audience and signed off by saying "I know we’re going to get through this together." So, that was a great gesture as well.

Brady will surely be focused on following these tips as he prepares for his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady spent the first 20 seasons of his career with the New England Patriots before signing with the Bucs this offseason.

NFL Odds: Here are the favorites to start at QB in Week 1 for the Patriots

NFL Odds: Here are the favorites to start at QB in Week 1 for the Patriots

The New England Patriots are facing uncertainty at quarterback for the first time in two decades. Tom Brady departed this offseason to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Patriots will need a new starting quarterback as a result.

That said, a favorite appears to be emerging to take over the job.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Jarrett Stidham is currently heavily favored to be the Patriots starter at least to kick-off 2020. Here's a look at the odds for each potential candidate at the position courtesy of FanDuel.

This lines up pretty well with what has come out of Patriots camp since Brady's departure. They seem to believe that Stidham is their future at quarterback, so why wouldn't they give him a shot to start? While Brian Hoyer isn't too far behind Stidham (+250), he's likely only that high because he has the most starting experience of the three passers currently on the Patriots depth chart.

The more interesting parts of these odds are the ones relating to veterans and rookies not currently on the team. Cam Newton (+900) leads the pack among the veteran options and is one of two non-Patriot quarterbacks ahead of presumed third-stringer Cody Kessler. The other is Andy Dalton (+1000).

While Newton is available, the Patriots don't have much in the way of cap space. So, it seems unlikely that they would sign him unless they have minimal confidence in the quarterback options on their roster or if one of their options suffers an injury down the road.

As for the rookies, Jacob Eason (+1900) actually leads the pack by a fair bit. He's still a longshot, but his odds are much better than the triage of other rookie passers listed; Justin Herbert, Jake From, and Jordan Love come in at +2600.

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Is this a sign that the Patriots like Eason? They're notoriously tight-lipped about the draft process, so it's hard to say. But if Eason continues to considerably lead the rookie pack as the draft draws nearer, that should be a good indication that the Pats have their eye on him.

Either way, Stidham is rightfully the favorite at this point and the Patriots seem content to give him a season to prove himself. But once the 2020 NFL Draft comes and goes, the picture at quarterback will be a bit clearer.