Sometimes it feels like Jimmy Garoppolo was created in a lab on Patriot Way, his particular quarterback model built to facilitate the absolute minimum level of media attention.
Garoppolo is in line to start the first four games of the season if Brady's suspension is upheld in federal court. On Thursday, the second-year quarterback was mum about what is a time of considerable professional uncertainty.
"Just take it one day at a time," Garoppolo told reporters. "You can't focus on everything at once because it'll overwhelm you, so you just gotta take it one day at a time, focus on the little things, focus on improving every day."
As for Garoppolo's reaction when the news came down that Brady's suspension had been upheld?
"Not much of a reaction to it, really," he said. "Just stay focused on what I can control and what I'm trying to learn right now and improve on."
It will be interesting to see how Bill Belichick approaches first-team reps if Brady's situation begins to drag through August without a conclusion. For now, it's still Brady's show.