The Patriots kicked off the 2015 pre-season last night against the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium and they didn't get off on the right foot, suffering a 22-11 loss at the hands of Green Bay.
Tom Brady, who initially was not expected to play in the game, played two series, completing just one of four pass attempts for 10 yards. Jimmy Garoppolo, who is expected to be Brady's replacement for his anticipated absence, played the rest of the game but got off to a shaky start.
He missed a lot of his targets, that weren't really tough throws to make. Most of the throws he did miss were overthrown, which is something you don't want to see if you're Bill Belichick. Garoppolo said after the game the team has a long way to go, but by the looks of the first half last night, so does he.
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Garoppolo's second half was much better than the first, his only miscue being an interception to start the third quarter. Garoppolo went on to finish the game going 20-30, 159 yards, and one interception.
Another bright spot for the Patriots was RB Jonas Gray, who broke loose and ran for a 55-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The offensive line really didn't do whole lot to help Garoppolo, as he was sacked a pitiful seven times, for a total loss of 52 yards.
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New England will travel down to New Orleans today, as they will participate in joint practices with the Saints this upcoming week before the two teams square off next Saturday night.
As for Tom Brady's situation, the next scheduled court meeting is August 19. Brady and Goodell are not required to show up to the meeting as stated by the judge yesterday. The possibility of the two sides reaching an agreement on that date is unlikely and they more than likely will be having another meeting sometime after August 19.
Brady did play in last night's game against Green Bay, if his suspension holds up, he will not be allowed to enter the Patriots team facility after practices start for week one of the regular season.
Patriots Fans: Are you comfortable with Garoppolo being the starter for the first 4 games if Brady isn't there? Let you voice be heard in the comments below...
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