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QB Garoppolo knows his strengths, weaknesses

Jimmy Garoppolo (John David Mercer/USA TODAY)

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo had plenty of bragging rights over new Vikings coach Mike Zimmer when they talked this week at the Senior Bowl. But Garoppolo has had an immersion into different offensive schemes and techniques over the last month of his NFL crash course.

Jimmy Garoppolo has a number of characteristics that stand out, some good, others cause for further investigation and others neutral. There is his lightning-quick release, the lack of experience under center, and a background at small-school Eastern Illinois. Garoppollo, the 6-foot-2¼, 219-pound quarterback from Eastern Illinois, had plenty of ironic stories to share with new Vikings head coach...

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