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Patriots' Robert Kraft hopes Jimmy Garoppolo doesn't start for a 'long, long time'

 Jimmy Garoppolo threw 53 touchdowns in 2013 at Eastern Illnois. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Jimmy Garoppolo threw 53 touchdowns in his season senior at Eastern Illinois. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft knows who he wants as his quarterback for the future, and it's not the one the team drafted in the second round of this year's draft. Kraft made an appearance on NFL Network Thursday and he says he hopes rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo "doesn't get a chance to start for a long, long time," and says that Tom Brady has a lot left in tank.

"From my point of view, and I think for my organization, we believe that Tom has a lot of play left," Kraft said. "The way that he takes care of his body, the way he eats, the way he plays, the way he trains."

Kraft knows he can lose his franchise quarterback at any point, referring to when New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis knocked out quarterback Drew Bledsoe in 2002, allowing Brady to take over and lead the team to a Super Bowl win that season.

"If we didn't have somebody like Tommy in our system, it would've been very devastating," Kraft continued. "You know in any business you always need disaster insurance that's the most important thing, and now we have a young man that I hope he's as good as everyone feels."
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