New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady praised backup Jimmy Garoppolo, commenting on his work ethic and saying that the third-year quarterback has earned the respect of his teammates.
Garoppolo started Thursday's preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints, completing 11 of 18 passes for 168 yards.
"He works his tail off to prepare and I know he has the respect of everybody," Brady said. according to NFL.com. "That's what you try to do, you try to come out here and prepare, earn the respect of your teammates and your coaches, and you've got to put the work in. You've got to show that you're willing to show up every day and do whatever it takes to get the job done."
It's not known if Brady plans on playing in the team's second preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday.
Brady will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for his role in Deflategate, but said that it has been fun to see Garoppolo's development in his abscence.
"We got off to a good start the other night and hopefully we keep it going," Brady said. "We have three days of practice coming up against the Bears that will be good preparation for our team."
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