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Jimmy Garoppolo’s mind-set hasn’t changed

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Jimmy Garoppolo’s mind-set hasn’t changed
Jimmy Garoppolo insists his mind-set has not changed since learning he will be the Patriots’ starting quarterback for the first four games of the regular season.

Jimmy Garoppolo insists his mind-set has not changed since learning he will be the Patriots' starting quarterback for the first four games of the regular season.

He insisted a few different ways when speaking with reporters after Thursday morning's practice, the first of training camp.

"Nothing's really changed," he said. "When they put me in for the reps I'm in for, I'll go out there, do my best, and do whatever the coaches ask, but my mind-set's basically the same.

"Not much has changed. We just go about our business. The coaches coach us and we just go out there and play.

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"I'm just trying to go out there and get my game ready, get the offense ready as much as we can. We've got a long way to go, really. Training camp's a grind but we've got to get through it."

Though Garoppolo, who is entering his third NFL season, will start for the first month, Tom Brady took the first rep in every drill Thursday except for 11-on-11s. Garoppolo said the quarterbacks were rotating reps throughout practice.

"We don't really have 1s, 2s, 3s. We all rotate in and out, first and second group, everyone's rotating. So, it's really good though," Garoppolo said. "Throughout the season, there's going to be injuries, things are going to happen, so you've got to be able to play with whoever's on the field."

Garoppolo also had praise for tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, who was traded to the Patriots from the Bears in March.

"It's awesome. It makes my job a whole lot easier, that's for sure," Garoppolo said. "There's some big-bodied guys out there. Martellus, he had a nice catch today. Gronk had a couple nice ones. When you have guys like that, it always makes throwing it a lot easier."

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After practice, while Brady chatted with team owner Robert Kraft, Garoppolo got some one-on-one time with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

He stayed with the company line of "we've got a long way to go" after practice, but said having the fans watching makes players compete harder.

"It's exciting, that's for sure," Garoppolo said. "Training camp, it's a long process, so Week 1, we've still got a long way to go. We've got four preseason games and everything until we get there. We'll take it one step at a time."

Watch Ben Volin and Jim McBride's report from Day 1 of training camp:

Photos: Day 1 of Patriots training camp

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Ben Volin and Christopher L. Gasper of the Globe staff contributed to this report from Foxborough. Follow Rachel G. Bowers on Twitter @RachelGBowers.