On Now
Coming Up
  • Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Sonic Drive In

    Friday, November 28
    Noon-1pm – Sonic Drive-In, 2720 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a free item (1/person) for this hour at this location.
    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures.

  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 12:00 PM CST Titans at Texans The Texans host the Titans at NRG Stadium.
  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans offensive linemen Derek Newton and Ben Jones at the Verizon Northline Store, 4400F North Freeway, Houston, TX 77022.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

    Autograph info: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mobile-living/event/verizontexansplayersshow/

  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph and 2 Houston Texans Cheerleaders at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 11077 Northwest Freeway (Hwy 290 @ 34th St.), Houston, TX 77092.

    Celebrity(ies) subject to change.

  • Fri., Dec. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, December 5
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 1665 W. FM 646 Rd., League City, TX 77573
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos for this hour at this location
    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures
    Jack in the Box is going to be giving away 4 tickets to a Houston Texans home game and two autograph items

  • Sun., Dec. 07, 2014 12:00 PM CST Texans at Jaguars The Texans travel to Jacksonville to face off against the Jaguars.
  • Tue., Dec. 09, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson at the Verizon BLVD Place Store, 1700 Post Oak Blvd.,
    Houston, TX 77056.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

    Autograph info: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mobile-living/event/verizontexansplayersshow/

  • Tue., Dec. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Tue., Dec. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Player Signing at FCCU

    Meet Texans tight end Garrett Graham at the First Community Credit Union located at 10300 Louetta, Houston, TX 77070.

    Celebrity(ies) subject to change.

News

Print
RSS

QB Watch: Jimmy Garoppolo

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is the next to be examined in the ongoing series, QB Watch.

Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, and Blake Bortles have all been discussed as possible first-round quarterback prospects.

But what if the Texans go another route? What if they don’t select a quarterback at No. 1? What if Houston trades down for more picks later in the draft? QB Watch is an ongoing series looking at early and mid-round quarterbacks that could be a possible fit for the Texans.

Could Jimmy Garoppolo be a quarterback for the Texans?

Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s stock has been steadily rising since his MVP performance in the East-West Shrine earned him an invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Head coach Bill O’Brien has Garoppolo on his radar. On March 4, O’Brien paid a visit to Garoppolo’s Pro Day, held at Northwestern and worked him out even before his Pro Day began.

Despite having the No. 1 overall pick, the Texans may find their quarterback outside the first round. O’Brien feels this year’s draft is deep with quarterback talent, like Garoppolo.

“I think it’s just being a quarterback coach, I think it’s important to know that there are a lot of quarterbacks that are winners, that have played well,” O’Brien said at the NFL owners’ meetings last month.

The 6-foot-2, 226-pound quarterback has been working on his mechanics and footwork with several coaches, including former NFL quarterback Ty Detmer, at the Athletes Performance Institute in Los Angeles this offseason.

“He just broke down the game for me,” Garoppolo said at the NFL Combine. “He taught me things about the game that I really had no clue until he explained it. Then you’re like, ‘Oh why didn’t I think about that a long time ago?’ Just how the fronts and the linebackers tie into the coverages, how different offensive formations dictate coverages. He worked with me in the pocket, getting me used to the three, five,and seven-step drop and he’s done a great job with me, really.”

Garoppolo hasn’t gone unnoticed, with meetings scheduled for Cleveland, Tennessee, and Baltimore this month.
 


Garoppolo completed 375 of 568 passes (66 percent completion rate) for 5,050 yards, 53 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and added for rushing touchdowns during his senior season at Eastern Illinois. He was named the top player in the FCS and won the Walter Payton Award after the Panthers 2013 campaign.

Garoppolo's appearances in the East-West Shrine game and Senior Bowl helped him get noticed by NFL personnel. His decision to throw at the Combine, despite strong performances leading up to it, was another platform for him to showcase his skillset.

“The exposure really helps a small school guy like me," Garoppolo said. "It’s tough for us to get our names out there. We’re not always on ESPN and on TV and everything like that, so every little bit of exposure like that helps me and helps get my name out there. Playing well in both the games really helped me too throughout the week and everything and mentally helped me too. Just getting ready for that pro-style offense, that NFL style practice every week and all of that just adds up.”

Read more in this series:

QB Watch: A.J. McCarron
QB Watch: Zach Mettenberger

QB Watch: Aaron Murray
QB Watch: Tom Savage


Twitter.com/DeepSlant

Recent News

Content on HoustonTexans.com does not necessarily represent the views of the Houston Texans front office staff, coaches or executives.