FOXBORO — Brock Osweiler and Jimmy Garoppolo have a lot in common.
Osweiler was selected in the second-round of the 2012 draft by the Broncos and was behind Peyton Manning for the starting job. Garoppolo was taken in the second-round of the 2014 draft by the Patriots and is behind Tom Brady.
Both were drafted knowing it likely would be awhile before they got into any games, but would be given the opportunity to learn from future Hall of Famers.
After three and a half years because of Manning’s injury, Osweiler got his chance last Sunday when he started his first NFL game, while Garoppolo hasn’t got his chance yet behind Brady.
Although they’ve never met, Osweiler offered some advice for Garoppolo.
“If I was ever to sit down with him, the only thing I would say is to stay patient,” he said on a conference call Wednesday. “Obviously, that is easier said than done, but stay patient and make the most of every day. Don’t waste a single day when you can be getting better in practice, the weight room or the film room because you never know when it is going to be your time.”
Osweiler was asked if it was ever frustrating not being able to get into games even with big leads, something that has happened to Garoppolo on many occasions. Osweiler said getting better each day is the only thing he concerned himself with.
“Obviously, everyone in the National Football League is a competitor,” Osweiler said. “Every competitor wants to be on the field and show what they are capable of and help their football team win games. I always realized that my situation was a little bit different. I was sitting behind one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the position. It was one of those deals that I just told myself to be patient and make the most of every day. That is truly what I did. Over the course of the past three and a half years even though I wasn’t playing in games, I was getting better at my skill set every day in practice and I think that is really what has got me to this point.”
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