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Patriots QB Tom Brady happy for former backups’ success

There was a time when Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett were all on the same team. Now, they are all starters on separate clubs, and Brady is happy to see his two former New England Patriots teammates succeeding:

“Yeah, definitely kept in touch,” Brady said Friday, according to Doug Kyed of NESN.com. “Those guys are doing a great job. It’s been fun to watch them. All of the guys — I always keep in touch with all of the guys that I play with. Matt Cassel’s doing media around here now. It’s pretty interesting. Obviously, Brian Hoyer and Jacoby are together, Jimmy, we’ve had some great groups. And those guys are doing a great job, so happy for them.”

The Patriots viewed Garoppolo as their quarterback of the future once upon a time, hoping he would one day replace Brady under center.

However, because Brady did not age as quickly as New England may have been expecting, the Pats ended up trading Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers in October 2017.

As for Brissett?

He was also viewed as a signal-caller with a whole lot of potential, but going into the 2017 campaign, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was dealing with shoulder issues that ultimately cost him the entire season.

In order to nab some Luck insurance, the Colts swung a deal with the Patriots to acquire Brissett before the season started, sending wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to New England in exchange.

With the Pats and 49ers are 8-0 and the Colts at 5-2, it’s entirely possible that all three quarterbacks will be in the playoffs this year.