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#1418 The 49ers surprisingly traded for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the 2017 NFL season. Even more surprisingly White Elandon Roberts Jerseys , Garoppolo performed incredibly well during the final weeks of his first year in San Francisco, leading the team to five wins in five starts.Although Garoppolo threw five interceptions against only six touchdown passes in those five starts, Garoppolo completed more than 67 percent of his passes, and he averaged 8.8 yards per pass.It was enough to persuade the 49ers to make Garoppolo the highest-paid player in league history, at least for a couple of weeks. Five years, $137.5 million. An average of $27.5 million per year.The contract and the performance resulted in heightened expectations for the team and for the player in 2018. Week One at Minnesota went poorly (45.1 passer rating in a 24-16 loss), and Week Two against the Lions went well (118.4 passer rating in a 30-24 win).Then came Week Three. With the 49ers trailing the Chiefs in the second half, and with Garoppolo and the San Fran offense trying to make somethiip team was actually not as healthy as one might have expected considering that they ranked only 18th in the ‘adjusted games lost’-statistic:2018 Patriots adjusted games lostTotal AGLRankOffensive AGLRankDefensive AGLRankTotal AGLRankOffensive AGLRankDefensive AGLRankvia Football OutsidersAcross the board, whether it is total number of adjusted games lost or broken down by offense and defense, we can see that the 2018 Patriots find themselves in the middle of the pack in the league-wide comparison. In fact, only four of the NFL’s twelve playoff teams from last season had worse injury luck than New England — not necessarily what was to be expected considering that the club appeared to be relatively healthy all year long.The problem, however, was the short-term injuries suffered by important contributors and how they get valued in FO’s ‘adjusted games lost’-metric. Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel missed three games each, Shaq Mason was out for two contests. Trey Flowers and Dont’a Hightower both were absent once, while Rex Burkhead spent half the regular season on injured reserve; Eric Rowe and Jeremy Hill almost the entire year.In 2017, for comparison Shaq Mason Jerseys 2019 , the Patriots suffered some major long-term blows but still were a bit healthier compared to the rest of the league: New England ranked 14th with a combined 61.3 AGL score. So how come the 2018 team was able to capture the Lombardi Trophy, while the 2017 squad ultimately ran out of gas on the game’s biggest stage? When it comes to injuries it is easy: when it mattered most, the 2018 Patriots had their talent available.Gronkowski, Flowers, and company all played their usual important roles in the Super Bowl — they were healthy and productive. One year prior, the long-term injuries suffered throughout training camp and the season up to this point took their toll on the team in its final game of the season: players like Hightower, Edelman and slot cornerback Jonathan Jones would likely have seen considerable snaps but were unable to suit up.So while the Patriots as a whole were not as comparatively healthy in 2018 as they were the year prior, they still were better off.