The New England Patriots are only getting started with trade of Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo is headed to San Francisco. What else are the Patriots going to do? (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots seem to operate at a different frequency than the rest of the NFL, keeping their biggest plans secret and making their biggest moves bold. They stunned the league again Monday night, shipping coveted backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2018 second-round pick.

Now, the NFL must wait to see what else Bill Belichick and the Patriots have in store before the trade deadline arrives Tuesday, because trading Garoppolo is only the start of New England’s plans. The second-round pick adds to an already hefty draft capital in 2018, and the Patriots have incentive to turn those future picks into present assets. They made a league-shaking move Monday night, but it may only be setting up another one Tuesday.

The Patriots entered the season as a runaway Super Bowl favorite, a juggernaut supposedly without weakness. Injuries and underperformance have created clear needs at wide receiver, pass rusher and cornerback. They now need a backup quarterback, too, now that Tom Brady is the only quarterback on their roster.

The backup quarterback

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