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Friday, February 21, 2014
Jets huddle with Eastern Illinois QB

By Rich Cimini

INDIANAPOLIS -- On Thursday night, the New York Jets met with a fast-rising, small-school quarterback -- Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois.

"I have talked to them ... and had a good conversation and everything, and we were rollin' from there," Garoppolo said Friday at the NFL scouting combine.

Garoppolo called it an informal meeting. Still, it's always interesting when a team meets with a quarterback. Garoppolo has generated a lot of post-season buzz, improving his draft stock with an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl. Evidently, the Jets took notice. Quarterback isn't a pressing need, but they could be looking for a developmental player in the later rounds. Some scouts say Garoppolo could go as high as the third round.

Unlike Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, who decided not to throw at the combine, Garoppolo is planning to perform all the drills.

"I wanted to come out and showcase my talent against the other best quarterbacks in the nation," he said. "That’s what the combine is all about."