- Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo arrives in New England as the team's highest draft pick at the position since Drew Bledsoe was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. As a second-round selection, but from a smaller school like Eastern Illinois he'll clearly be given time to develop in the shadows of Tom Brady. But, for the first time head coach Bill Belichick acknowledged that the depth chart at quarterback is being formulated with the idea in mind that Brady won't be manning the starting role forever. "With the situation we have at quarterback, I think that we felt as an organization that we needed to address that to some degree in the future, so we'll see how all that works out but I think you're better off being early than late at that position," Belichick said after the Garoppolo selection.
Ryan Mallett has been Brady's backup for the past two seasons, but is heading into the final year of the rookie deal he signed as a third-round pick in 2011. Garoppolo clearly has a chance to vie for the primary backup job within a year and maybe much more than that down the road in Foxborough. "We know what Ryan's contract situation is. We know what Tom's age and contract situation is," Belichick said. "I don't think you want to have one quarterback on your team. I don't think that's responsible to the entire team or the organization." - The Sports Xchange