New Rams QB Jimmy Garoppolo Playing Backup

The Los Angeles Rams have enlisted Jimmy Garoppolo to serve as the backup quarterback behind Matthew Stafford, the team’s starting signal-caller.

Garoppolo is enthusiastic about the opportunity that lies ahead.

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With the successful signing of veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a one-year contract, the Los Angeles Rams now boast a dependable backup in case of injury to Matthew Stafford.

Having led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2020, Garoppolo is no stranger to quarterbacking at a high level.

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While he’s accustomed to starting, Garoppolo is embracing his new role as a backup with the Rams and looks forward to making the most of the opportunity.

“I’m extremely grateful for this chance and couldn’t be more thankful,” Garoppolo remarked. “I’m eager to learn from the talented offensive minds here.

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The discussions I’ve had today have been exciting… I understand my position, and I’m confident things will work out.”

Garoppolo has previously served as a backup quarterback, notably during his time with the New England Patriots behind Tom Brady.

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Despite expectations of eventually succeeding Brady, he was eventually traded to San Francisco, where he predominantly held the starting role.

After being replaced by Brock Purdy and later joining the Las Vegas Raiders, Garoppolo faced challenges, including a suspension due to NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

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However, Garoppolo sees his arrival at the Rams as a fresh start and is eager to contribute to the team’s success in any capacity.

“I’m thrilled to embark on this new journey,” Garoppolo expressed. “I’m uncertain about what lies ahead, but I’m excited to get back on the field and compete with my new teammates.

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Football is my passion, and I can’t wait to be back out there throwing the ball around.”

Garoppolo officially signed his one-year contract with the Rams on Tuesday after passing his physical.

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While he will serve a two-game suspension to start the 2024 season due to a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, he remains eligible to participate in summer and preseason activities with the team.

Addressing his suspension, Garoppolo acknowledged his mistake regarding the therapeutic use exemption and opted not to appeal the decision.

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