Jimmy Garappolo would seemingly need all the reps he could get with the first-team offense if he’s going to be ready to make his first NFL start in Week 1. Regardless, it will be Tom Brady with the ones on Thursday when the Patriots take the field.
Tom Curran for CSNNE.com reports Brady, who’s suspended the for four games to open the 2016 regular season, will make the start for the Patriots against the Bears, adding that it’s unknown how long he’ll play.
Granted, this probably isn’t a very big deal at all. The likelihood Brady is in longer than one series is probably slim given that the 17-year veteran and four-time Super Bowl champion shouldn’t require much of a tune-up. Particularly since, ya know, he won’t be on the field in September anyway.
And although Garappolo should get all the work he can, the Patriots certainly aren’t going to risk Brady playing behind their reserve offensive linemen and with backup skill players. If he’s going to play even just a series, it should be with the ones.
Perhaps it’s more noteworthy that Brady is playing at all than any action Garappolo is going to miss out on. Patriots fans may want to tune in just to see that, as there won’t be many more opportunities to do so until Week 6 rolls around.