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Jimmy Garoppolo Media Availability Transcript 9/1

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Q: What kind of pressure is the team facing internally in regards to Judge Richard Berman's decision?

JG: We're going about our business as usual. [We're] just getting ready for the next game against the [New York] Giants, taking it day by day, and just going about our business.

Q: How did it feel to get most of the reps in yesterday's practice with Tom Brady missing?

JG: It was good. Whenever you get the chance to get the added reps, or whatever it may be with the first team, it's always a positive.

Q: Do you feel you are ready to start opening day?

JG: We'll approach that when we get there. We've got a little ways to go still, so next Thursday we'll figure it out.

Q: Has your approach been to be ready for opening day?

JG: Yeah, definitely – going back to OTAs, everything. You've got to come into this, whether you're a starter, backup, you've got to have the starter mentality. You never know when your number is going to get called.

Q: Have you been preparing for these [preseason] games like you would a regular season game?

JG: Every game we go into, we want to compete the best that we can, play to the best of our ability. We don't want to overlook any one game. We go in with the same mindset that we always do.

Q: Do you feel you have gotten enough reps with the first team throughout camp?

JG: Yeah. Coach [Belichick] does a great job of mixing guys in – first, second, third or whatever it may be – so you play with a bunch of guys. You get used to all the different guys, their style and what not, and you've just got to make the best of it really.

Q: How long does it take to get the other guys' styles and tendencies down?

JG: It's a different circumstance for each guy. Every receiver is different, every back, getting used to the line, it's all just different, so I guess it just depends on the guy really.

Q: How important was it for you to bounce back from a rough start early during Friday's game?

JG: You just have to have mental toughness, really. It's never going to be a perfect game. We all want it to be but, that's football for you. As a quarterback you've got to stay levelheaded – you can't get too high, can't get too low – and just go about the business.

Q: Is that something that only comes with more reps?

JG: Yeah, that's just part of the position, I guess. The mental toughness is something that we try to have a lot of here. It's very important and we take pride in it.

Q: How have you dealt with the uncertainty of your role throughout the spring and summer?

JG: [I'm] just going about my business as always. Whether I'm the starter, backup, whatever it may be, I'm preparing like the starter and I've got to be ready for Week 1.

Q: How much preparation work have you done for the Pittsburgh Steelers?

JG: We don't want to overlook the Giants. It's the last preseason game, but we still want to go out there and compete to the best of our ability and have a good game Thursday.

Q: Is there a mix of preparation between the two upcoming opponents, or do you not turn ahead until this week is finished?

JG: When the coaches tell me, we'll turn it.

Q: And they haven't told you yet?

JG: No.

Q: Why is it such a big deal to keep your focus on the Giants?

JG: It's kind of just a mentality thing. We're all competitors at the end of the day. You don't want to go out there and just not compete. That's probably the biggest part of it.

Q: How tough can it be to ignore the noise?

JG: We're here so long every day. I honestly don't really get a chance to watch any TV or anything, so that definitely helps. I don't know; it's kind of just a mentality thing. You've just got to go about your business as you always do. You can't control it anyways, so why worry about it?

Q: Is all the attention you've received thus far going to help you going forward?

JG: Yeah, no question. All this stuff – I think I said it last week – it comes with the job, so you've got to get used to it and have fun with it, really.

Q: Is the job fun?

JG: Oh yeah, playing quarterback in the NFL – how could it not be?

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