FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The spotlight has shined a bit brighter than normal on the New England Patriots' No. 2 quarterback spot because of Tom Brady's four-game suspension to open the season. With that, second-year man Jimmy Garoppolo has been taking things in stride.
One example of this from an off-field perspective came Tuesday when Garoppolo was asked about his five-interception practice last week.
"I'm never going to be happy about any interception, no matter how many it is," he said. "But you have to take it with a grain of salt and learn from it."
Garoppolo seemingly has done so, as he had an interception late in Tuesday's practice that was tipped at the line of scrimmage. But instead of having that miscue lead into others, which seemed to happen last Thursday, he regathered himself and finished the practice strong.
For his part, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said last week that, "In Jimmy's situation, there are no bad days. ... He gained a lot [from] last year in practice, training camp, the preseason, and this [spring] he has an opportunity to go out, learn, make mistakes and get better from them. He’s just much further ahead.”
Garoppolo, who plans to return home to Illinois to see family after mandatory minicamp concludes, has adopted that approach.
"Josh is right," Garoppolo said. "You have to learn from each mistake you make and the good things you do, too."