The New England Patriots reportedly intend on keeping Jimmy Garoppolo, which is wise. After all, Garoppolo, in limited action, has shown to be a good NFL quarterback.
Put another way, he’s not Brock Osweiler, who got boatloads of money from Houston despite a limited, mediocre sample size in Denver.
“I see them as totally different quarterbacks with different skill sets,” NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I never quite understood the Brock Osweiler hype last year. But for Jimmy Garoppolo to go on the road on national television in his first career start and beat a Cardinal team that people thought were going to be a Super Bowl contender, and then in his second start was the best player on the field for two quarters against Miami before he got injured – I think the game film is so much more impressive for Garropolo, even if it’s a limited sample size, than it ever was for Brock Osweiler.”
Osweiler completed 59.0 percent of his passes for 2,957 yards, 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last season.
“I thought he was the worst starting quarterback in the NFL last year,” Wesseling said. “He was bad enough that their offense, which should have revolved around DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, they had to adjust midseason because he can’t throw outside the numbers or down the field with any kind of efficiency. (They had to) run their offense through their tight end. It was kind of a backwards offense.”
In other quarterback news, the Redskins slapped their franchise tag on Kirk Cousins on Tuesday. The 28-year-old Cousins completed 67.0 percent of his passes for 4,917 yards, 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season.
“The Redskins have backed themselves into a corner,” Wesseling said. “I’m not sure the last time I’ve seen a player with this much leverage over an NFL team, and it’s been kind of fun to watch. The Redskins have misplayed it, and Kirk Cousins has played well enough to make them regret it. They had no choice but really to put the tag on hm unless they were willing to do what no NFL teams do, which is go with the unknown at quarterback when you already have a guy there. Barring a surprise trade, he’s locked in and I fully expect him to be in a Redskins uniform this year.”