"I do what's best for the football team". We'll always do what's best for the football team.
Garoppolo, who at the time of the injury had thrown for 234 yards with 3 touchdowns, suffered a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, and reports have varied - some have him out six weeks, some say the injury isn't too severe. After enduring the round and round of their own quarterback carousel past year, the Texans have welcomed the stability afforded by pricey offseason acquisition Brock Osweiler while the Patriots have shuffled signal callers in the wake of Tom Brady's suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder injury.
He said after Tuesday's practice that he felt "decent" and hopes to play.
"He has been looked at".
The Patriots haven't had to rely on many of them over the years; other than Garoppolo and Matt Cassel, they've all been used pretty much in mop-up duty. He's very competitive. I know our coaching staff will have him prepared and ready to go for Thursday night if he's called upon.
"I think there's room for a lot of improvement, but I give our players a lot of credit that there has been improvement", O'Brien said.
But he does have a reputation of being a master of misdirection.
"He has really good poise, very smart guy", Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I don't know why we can't understand that". In a pinch, they may just send Edelman out there. He was a shotgun, wildcat quarterback at Kent State and really good at it. I loved working with him. "So I know that he can do that stuff". Houston has held Chicago and Kansas City to just 26 combined points in a pair of victories to open the season, J.J. Watt had 1.5 sacks last week against the Chiefs.
Jacoby Brissett #7 of the New England Patriots reacts after defeating the Miami Dolphins 31-24 at Gillette Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The pair are the only two players ever to win National Football League defensive player of the year honors three times. It's a setup that required both patience and discipline. You never know when you're going to need it.
"Every once in a while, we have those conversations", Osweiler said. "It's been a learning process since I got here". "Obviously with Julian, I was there when they drafted him". On Monday, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said the team's approach would be contingent on how things progressed with Garoppolo. Just taking this week the same. They have not had Rob Gronkowski, Rob Ninkovich or Brady for their first two games but without Garoppolo now and no viable veteran options out there in free agency do all these injuries begin to take their toll on the Pats, even when Brady returns? That is until No. 12 comes back. "I haven't been in full pads for a while, so I kind of felt like I wanted to get used to it", he said. We want to be competitive even if something happens to a player at any position. "I'm just anxious about Thursday". Fellow linebacker Jonathan Freeny was an addition to the injury list, limited by a shoulder injury. CB Eric Rowe (ankle) sat out a second consecutive day.