New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo played as well as possible when thrust into the starting role last season, and by no fault of his own, he found himself back on the bench.

Such is life when you’re the backup for Tom Brady. Despite Garoppolo’s performance, he was relegated to the sidelines once the legendary quarterback returned from suspension last year.

Garoppolo revealed a desire to eventually become a starter but denied being upset in his current position.

“I wouldn’t say frustrated is the word,” Garoppolo said to Albert Breer of The MMQB. “I’m happy. I think everything that happens, happens for a reason. I’m happy being here, I’ve gotten two Super Bowl rings. So I wouldn’t say I’m frustrated. Eager to play is probably a better way to put it. I’m just not used to being a backup. I want to be a starter, and compete to be a starter. That’s how I look at it.”

Garoppolo is in a tough position. After completing 68.3 percent of his passes for four touchdowns with no interceptions last season, many believe he would be a starter on numerous other teams. However, Garoppolo has been mentored by arguably the greatest player of all time in Brady, and is well-groomed to take over the franchise when the reigning Super Bowl MVP eventually retires.

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