San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo clearly made a great impression on his former teammates with the New England Patriots during his time there.
The Patriots got a big win on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, but the first thing most players talked about in the locker room after the game was Garoppolo’s first win with the 49ers, according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe.
Garoppolo’s start against the Chicago Bears was his first since the Patriots traded him to the 49ers for a second-round pick at the deadline. He completed 26 of 37 passes for 293 yards and an interception while leading the 49ers to a 15-14 victory on a field goal in the closing seconds.
When Tom Brady was suspended the first four games in 2016, Garoppolo became the starter. He was injured in the second game, however, and third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett filled in until Brady returned.
Now both quarterbacks are starting for other teams, as Brissett is with the Indianapolis Colts and playing in Andrew Luck’s absence.
It’s nice to see that the Patriots had Garoppolo on their minds Sunday afternoon. He was on their roster for three-plus seasons. Now he is getting the opportunity to return one of the NFL’s most storied franchises to prominence.