Belichick Taking Notes from Colts Season (NESN
The drafting of Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was a strategic move in part due to the losing 2011 Colts season. In his post-draft interview on Saturday, Bill Belichick explained his draft rationale to reporters specifically pointing out how he wants to avoid any possibility of repeating a situation similar to what happened with the Indianapolis Colts. The team went 2-14 after quarterback Peyton Manning suffered a season ending neck injury.
"In our organization I don't think we would put together a team the way Indianapolis did it when they lost Manning and they go 0-16, 1-15 or whatever it was…Unfortunately when we lost Tom in 2008 — we had a player that could step in and we won 11 games. We want to be competitive even if something happens to a player at any position. I think depth is always important. You never know when you're going to need it," Belichick explained.
After Brady's 2008 knee injury, New England has continued to put an emphasis on drafting quarterbacks. Ryan Mallet was selected as the 74th pick in the 2011 draft while Garropolo was selected as the 62nd overall pick in last weekend's draft.
Garoppolo Sleep-Deprived Learning Patriots Playbook (NESN)
New England's lengthy offensive playbook is infamous for being tough for rookies to master, especially those who are transitioning into unknown complex systems. The Patriots newest quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is already sacrificing sleep trying to learn New England's playbook.
"It's a completely different offense, to be honest. It's like learning Spanish compared to English. It's like a completely different language," Garoppolo told media at Gillette on Tuesday.
The Eastern Illinois quarterback became acclimated to a fairly simple offense in his college program where timing and quick release were emphasized. In addition, he is accustomed to running shotgun plays and mentioned he will have to adjust to playing under center.
"I can't even describe it to you. Unbelievable amount. Getting a little sleep deprived, but that's a good thing in this business," Garoppolo told reporters when asked about the amount of time he has spent learning the system.
Although difficult, Garoppolo seems to be up for the challenge and believes he will be able to learn the system fairly quick.
"It's going to be a process and a huge learning curve. But I'm excited for it," the quarterback explained. "It's a unique experience. It's a tremendous offense and a tremendous offense to play for."
Easley Visits Foxboro (Boston Herald)
Dominique Easley, the Patriots first-round draft pick, arrived at Gillette Stadium on Monday alongside the rest of his new rookie teammates.
The 29th overall pick was treated to dinner with the rookie class on Sunday. The next day, dressed in suit and tie, he took a photo shoot with media, met with Belichick and underwent a physical.
The defensive lineman was assigned his locker and initial jersey number of 74 as well.
Easley injured his right knee last season which makes his target start date still unknown, however, he expressed his desire to hit the field as soon as he can.
"I'm going to do everything they ask me to do, and do it to the best of my ability," Easley told reporters on Monday.
Watson Following in Brother's Footsteps (NESN
Asa Watson, one of New England's recent free agent pickups, signed with New England exactly ten years after his eldest brother.
The North Carolina State tight end is the sibling of former Patriot Ben Watson who was drafted as a first-round pick by New England in 2004.
Health problems made the Asa Watson's recent signing a bit different than his older brother's draft experience a decade ago. In his junior year, the tight end dealt with a heart ailment which resulted in a reduced role his senior year.
Watson remembers watching his older sibling play for New England and expressed extreme happiness about being as member of the same team.
"It feels really cool. It's really surreal. To see it as a young person and now I'm actually in the position (Ben) was," Asa explained. "But it brings its own challenges, and I'm trying to learn and pick things up as fast as I can. It's definitely a lot different from college."
Ben Watson played for the Patriots for six seasons before moving to the Browns and most recently signing with the New Orleans Saints in 2013.
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