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Jimmy Garoppolo’s not thinking about replacing Tom Brady

Jimmy Garoppolo

New England Patriots NFL rookie football quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo speaks with members of the media on the field at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


The Patriots have already gotten to Jimmy Garoppolo.

The second-round pick, the latest ostensible heir to Tom Brady, said Tuesday he was trying not to think about replacing a legend.

I haven’t thought about it too much, to be honest,” Garoppolo said, via Tom Curran of “My main thing is, I’m a rookie. I haven’t earned any stripes. I haven’t done anything on the field. We had our first practice yesterday just the rookies. I still have a long way to go with that just to begin with.”

Garoppolo’s in a funny spot. Had he been drafted elsewhere — say, Houston — he’d be competing for a starting job right now.

Instead, he knows he’ll sit until there’s a calamity, the same way others before him have.

Garoppolo’s talented enough to deserve a chance. But he’s also smart enough to know at the moment not to talk about it.