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|The Patriots spent a second round pick on Jimmy Garoppolo from Eastern Illinois in 2014 and that pick may pay dividends during Brady’s suspension if he can keep them afloat during the first month of the season. Unfortunately for him, the team opens the season facing some of the league’s better defenses - Arizona, Miami, Houston and Buffalo. Garoppolo has no significant regular season experience but will be spending his third offseason with the team and will likely split reps with Brady during training camp, so he should be prepared. He also gets the same benefit of the weapons that Tom Brady will be supported by which should help him overcome his inexperience. The offensive philosophy shouldn’t change much, if at all, and Garoppolo has the athleticism and quick release to be successful in that system. If you draft Brady, adding Garoppolo in later rounds wouldn’t be a terrible idea, although you may want to also add another capable backup and play the matchups.
|Brady gives up legal fight, will serve suspension|
DeflateGate comes to and end
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jul 15, 11:56 am
|Tom Brady announced he is no longer proceeding with legal process vs NFL. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: DeflateGate has come to an end. Brady will miss the first four games of the season and be eligible to return Week 5 against the Browns. Jimmy Garoppolo will face Arizona, Miami, Houston and Buffalo to begin the season. He remains a QB2 for drafting purposes. For the most part, Brady's suspension is already reflected in his QB7, 6th-round ADP although he could slide a couple more spots in the coming weeks.
|Brady's Deflategate appeal denied|
Next step: appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jul 13, 12:30 pm
|New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's latest attempt to avoid serving a four-game Deflategate suspension to start the new season was flatly rejected Wednesday by an appeals court. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a one-sentence rejection of requests by the National Football League Players Association and Brady to reconsider an April decision that found that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acted within his powers by suspending the star quarterback for his role in a scheme to doctor footballs used in a January 2015 playoff game. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Brady's last gasp is to appeal to the Supreme Court although no decision to take that step has been made. Let's hope it doesn't come to that. Brady remains suspended the first four games of the season. Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start in Brady's absence.