One obvious positive: The play of second round draft pick, Jimmy Garoppolo. Easily the best performance of the night, funny though, Garoppolo was not a standout on the field during joint practice with the Redskins.
“When you look at the overall opportunities that Jimmy’s had from the beginning of OTAs through training camp, it’s in the high 20s somewhere – the number of practice days. Just because a player makes a mistake, doesn’t mean they’re always going to be there,” Belichick pointed out via conference call with the media
Garoppolo was tied to the hip of fellow teammate, wide receiver, Brian Tymes, during the game. Connecting on a long pass that Tynes bobbled in the endzone, but looked like he came down with a completion. At the time of the play, it was called incomplete, it was expected that Belichick would throw a challenge flag. That did not happen. The play however worked in the Patriots favour, pass interference was called against the defense on the play.
Belichick made light of the missed opportunity. “I thought that was actually a good situation that came up on our end.” It was, it gave the Patriots a chance to see Garoppolo scramble in the redzone and almost connect with Josh Boyce for a touchdown.
“Looking forward to this week,” said Belichick. “It’ll be a big opportunity for our team, for each of us individually to improve on where we were last night and last week with Washington.”
The Patriots did not practice Saturday, but they return to the field this afternoon. Time to build on a solid week of practice in Washington. The Philadelphia Eagles will be in town for the joint practice on Tuesday, followed by the two teams meeting Friday night for the second preseason game of the year.