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Jimmy Garoppolo taking Tom Brady's mentality into Super Bowl 54

Jimmy Garoppolo taking Tom Brady's mentality into Super Bowl 54

Jimmy Garoppolo has yet to take a snap in a Super Bowl, but he does have plenty of experience on the NFL's biggest stage.

During his time as the New England Patriots' backup quarterback, Garoppolo had a front-row seat to watch Tom Brady lead his team to victories in Super Bowl 49 and Super Bowl 51. On Feb. 2, the San Francisco 49ers QB will have a chance to do the same in Super Bowl 54 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

As he prepares for the biggest game of his young career, Garoppolo isn't taking those years learning from Brady for granted. In fact, he says he'll head into battle with Brady's approach.

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“Everyone says it should be like another game, but just the way that he actually did it,” Garoppolo said, per the San Jose Mercury News. “Up close and personal, picking up everything I could and seeing how he went about his business, obviously it worked out the two times that I was there with him. I’ll try to transfer that over to my game.”

As for whether he plans on reaching out to Brady for advice before his first Super Bowl start, Garoppolo told the Mercury News it'd be “a good idea” and he “might” follow through with it.

Given how well the 49ers have played in the playoffs, and throughout the regular season, Jimmy G may be just fine without Brady's advice. But it certainly wouldn't hurt for the 28-year-old to pick the brain of his mentor again for old times' sake. 

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Julian Edelman continues Instagram campaign to keep Tom Brady a Patriot

Julian Edelman continues Instagram campaign to keep Tom Brady a Patriot

Julian Edelman really wants the same quarterback in 2020, and he wants everyone to know it.

The New England Patriots wide receiver used Instagram on Monday to give another shout-out to Tom Brady, this time recreating the iconic 2010 photo of LeBron James dunking as Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade celebrates.

The clever post (the rings on Brady's hands are a nice touch) drew rave reviews in the comment section from Patriots teammates Duron Harmon and Brandon Bolden, former Boston Celtic Kelly Olynyk and the Instagram account of TB12 Sports, Brady's off-field business.

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Edelman's post also is one of several he's made featuring or mentioning Brady since New England's offseason started early.

That's no coincidence: Brady will become a free agent March 18 for the first time in his NFL career, but Edelman is doing his best to convince the 42-year-old QB to stick around for another season.

Social media strategy aside, Edelman could play a major factor in whether Brady stays or goes. The 10th-year receiver is Brady's most trusted target, and if New England can surround him with more quality weapons this offseason, perhaps Brady will be swayed to throw to his pal in 2020.

NFL rumors: Tom Brady's agent, Don Yee, expected to meet with Patriots at NFL Combine

NFL rumors: Tom Brady's agent, Don Yee, expected to meet with Patriots at NFL Combine

The New England Patriots are facing unusual uncertainty at quarterback this offseason.

Tom Brady is set to be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his 20-year NFL career and it seems legitimately possible that he may not return to the Patriots. At the moment, it's unclear where he'll end up and there won't likely settle on a landing spot until mid-March.

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But as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport pointed out Monday on NFL Now, the Patriots are expected to have some more conversations with Brady and his agent, Don Yee, during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week.

Though (Brady and Yee) have had some conversations with the Patriots since the Super Bowl, the playoffs, and all that, they haven’t really gotten into any hard-core negotiations. It is possible that begins here in Indianapolis. The two sides are expected to meet as, of course, every agent and every team meets. It should be the starting off point for real dialogue over the course of the next month. Either way, nothing's expected to happen until right up in the cusp of free agency. At that point, all sides should know what Brady’s plans are.

These rumors at least demonstrate that the Patriots are doing what they can to speak with Brady ahead of free agency. And as Tom E. Curran said Monday on NBC Sports Boston's Boston Sports Tonight, it makes sense for the team to do this.

It makes sense that they get after it now because the guy's going to be a free agent in less than a month. And you better start moving forward with 'Okay, Tom, what do you want? Here are the things we're planning to do. Are you in, or are you out?' and then start talking numbers.

Curran went on to say he "wouldn't imagine [the meeting] to be climactic" if it does, in fact, happen. So, for those hoping that the Patriots will be able to lock up Brady ahead of free agency, it still seems highly unlikely to happen barring a change of heart.

Brady will officially become an unrestricted free agent on March 18 and he is unlikely to last long on the open market. Though the 2020 free agent quarterback class is loaded, Brady still tops the bunch because of his history of high-level play and ability to win championships.