East Notes: Garoppolo, Flowers, Cowboys

Patriots rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo continues to hear people talk about him as the heir apparent to Tom Brady, but he’s only focused on improving day-to-day, writes Howard Ulman of the Associated Press. “Each day is different and you have to be consistently good, not occasionally great,” he said today. “You have to come out here and do your best every single day and let the coaches see what you can do.”

  • Jets coach Rex Ryan didn’t rule out former Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers, but as of this afternoon, the Jets haven’t reached out, a source tells Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com (on Twitter).
  • David Moore of the Dallas News explains why Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is taking a wait-and-see approach to Kyle Orton and Josh Brent. The Cowboys want Orton to be with the team this year but the veteran has said that he wants to retire. As for Brent, there has been widespread speculation that he could rejoin the team now that he is out of prison, but Jones says that rehabilitation has to be his top focus.
  • Jets rookie Shaq Evans is worried that his development could be stunted by a “silly” NFL rule, writes Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. The UCLA product is limited to just one mini-camp until his class graduates, even though he is no longer enrolled. “I really don’t understand it,” Evans said. “If I’m not in school, it shouldn’t matter. It’s ridiculous. I hope the league changes it, because it definitely sets players back. It’s a silly, silly, stupid rule.
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