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Jimmy Garoppolo Media Availability Transcript

New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo addresses the media at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, July 30, 2015.


Q: Are you ready to start the season if Tom Brady has to serve his suspension?

JG: We're not really looking that far ahead. I don't think anyone is. It's the first day of training camp; got out here with the guys and it felt good to get out here with all of them. 

Q: What's the biggest thing that you're working on? A lot of people have talked about your command in the huddle; that would be the biggest thing that you would have to work on if you wanted to see playing time.

JG:Yeah, I mean there's an endless amount of things that I have to work on. We're all out here just trying to get better every day; take it one day at a time. There are little things every day that you focus on. You've just got to take it day by day, really.

Q:How did this day of camp compare to last year's first day of camp when you were a rookie?

JG: Oh man, last year's first day – the first day was pretty cool last year just because I wasn't used to the fans and all of that, so I'm more used to that [now], but it's great to come out here and see all those fans out here. It makes it so much more fun just having them out there.

Q:Josh McDaniels said last year your main concern was meetings and learning stuff; it's different in year two because you can actually come out and practice.

JG:Yeah, no question. In year one, the playbook is very, very big, especially coming in from college where I didn't have a playbook to this, it took a little while but this year it's completely different and I've got different goals.

Q: How important is it for you to build relationships with receivers, tight ends and running backs as you throw and try to get reps here with those guys?

JG:It's important, but with everybody, I mean just the team as a whole, we need to just become more of a team and keep building that every day. 

Q: How exciting is it for you to just get to work out here today for the first day of camp?

JG:It's awesome. It's a nice day out. The fans were all excited and everything, cheering, had the music going – can't ask for anything better than that.

Q: What was your reaction when Tom's suspension was upheld on Monday because it obviously has a direct impact on you?

JG: Right. You know, not much of a reaction to it, really. Just stayed focused on what I can control and what I'm trying to learn right now and improve on.

Q: What do you learn from a guy like Tom Brady?

JG: There's tons of stuff you try to learn. You don't want to ask too many questions because he's got a job to do, too, so you kind of want to see it from afar. See what he does, see how he does it and just put it towards your game, really.

Q:How important are the mental reps as you sit there behind Brady as he's taking snaps?

JG: Very important. It's training camp and we've only got two of us [quarterbacks] right now, so we get a little more reps than usual, but your reps are limited so when you're not in there you've got to take the mental reps and take advantage of when you are in there.

Q:Have you seen any change in Tom's demeanor and behavior as this has all gone on?

JG: I'm just focused on myself, really, to be honest.

Q: Do you like your football hard or soft – do you have a preference on your football?

JG: No.

Q:How different is your approach now that you have a little bit more of a comfort level in year two?

JG: Yeah, the comfort level is a huge thing. Being in the same place with most of the same people and it's a great opportunity to just go out there and improve on little things every day, like I said. There are specific things that you try to work on each and every day and that's half the reason why I missed you guys, I was down there working on something and I missed you guys. 

Q: What do you feel like is the most important thing you need to work on here in year two?

JG: I wouldn't put a most important on anything. I mean it's all equally important. The quarterback position, there's so many different things physically, mentally, I mean there's so many different things, so you really just have to focus on all of it at once. It sounds difficult, but that's why [you take] little steps.

Q:Your situation is not very certain right now, how do you deal with it?

JG:You know, just take it one day at a time. You can't focus on everything at once because it will overwhelm you, so you just got to take it one day at a time, focus on the little things and focus on improving.

Q: What did you see during the seven on seven drills today when it looked liked you under threw a ball over the middle and how did you respond from that play?

JG: It was a terrible decision – just one that you can't make. I had to forget about it quickly; there was a lot of practice left, lot of seven on seven and a lot of team [drills], so just forget about that fast and move on.

Q: How do you feel you responded after that play?

JG: I think I did alright. There's plenty of room for improvement, there always is. Just got to keep going one step at a time.

Q: How much more comfortable are you with what Josh McDaniels is throwing at you this year?

JG: Compared to last year? I mean, it's night and day. Last year, like I said earlier, I was just trying to pick up the playbook, meetings, head was spinning a little bit, so this year it's a little different, got different goals and everything and focusing on that.

Q: Is it hard to quickly forget when you throw an interception?

JG:It could be, but that's where the mental toughness comes in and we all have to have that out there.

Q: We saw Bill Belichick coaching you one-on-one a couple of times. What does he tell you in moments like that?

JG: It's a private conversation. He's just giving me some coaching points and stuff like that. 

Q: As a student of the game, how much more do you know today in terms of what to look for as a quarterback compared to when you were a rookie?

JG: I feel a lot more comfortable. There's still a long way to go, a lot of little things to improve on and just one day at a time we will keep fixing those. 

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