New England Patriots wide receiver, Julian Edelman, compared Jimmy Garoppolo to Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre.
Favre, a Football Hall of Famer, and Rodgers, a likely Football Hall of Famer, both started as quarterbacks on Super Bowl winning teams. Garoppolo has only played in 17 total NFL games. When he started, it was as a result of Tom Brady being suspended. That did not stop Patriots top receiver, Julian Edelman, from comparing him to the two legendary Green Bay Packers gunslingers. Edelman and Garoppolo connected 13 times for 135 yards in the games that “Jimmy G” got the start.
“I’m not a paid GM so I don’t know the whole value thing, but as far as a guy that I could play with every single day, Jimmy Garoppolo, I mean, the guy’s a stud,” said Edelman during a Tuesday interview on NFL Network program, Total Access. “He went out and played in the regular season and he played very well. He’s got that kind of gunslinger confidence. That Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers kind of confidence. He practices hard, he prepares hard. He’s a good kid. He’s young. I think he’s a good player.”
Josh McCown, former quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, sounded off as well, echoing the sentiments of Edelman where Garoppolo was concerned.
“I saw some things in Derek Carr early on in the 2014 draft that reminded me of Aaron Rodgers and I thought ‘this guy is going to be pretty good,” said McCown. “I see the same things when I watch Jimmy: quick release, strong arm, athletic. I’m not saying he’s Aaron Rodgers, but he’s got some traits in the same mold, and he’s got tremendous upside.”