Jacoby Brissett’s Time to Shine
With the recent news of Jimmy Garrapolo’s injury, it is clear that the New England Patriots are in trouble at the quarterback position, or are they? Many fans were confused earlier this year when the Patriots drafted a QB as early as they did (third round), but it seems as if that pick was well needed.
Jacoby Brissett will be throwing the pigskin for the Patriots as they take on the Texans at Gillette Stadium this coming Thursday. Coming out of High School, Rivals.com listed Brissett as the no. 77 in a top 100 prospect list among players like Odell Beckham Jr., Kelvin Benjamin, Jadaveon Clowney, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Rivals.com also ranked Brissett as a four-star recruit coming out of high school. He was also considered the third best dual-threat quarterback in his class.
Brissett started his college football career at the University of Florida, where he only played in 13 games over 2 years. Over those 2 years, Brissett threw for 455 yards over 74 attempts. Clearly Brissett was nothing special over this first two years in college, but he would soon develop as he transferred to North Carolina State in 2014 where he would become the starting QB.
At NC State, Brissett posted fantastic numbers. In 26 games at NC State, Brissett threw for 5,268 yards over 765 attempts. His quarterback rating for his Junior year was a 136.7 which would drop off slightly to 130.3 for his Senior year.. Over his four years in college, he also only threw 11 interceptions in contrast to his 43 touchdowns. During college, Brissett was also a mobile threat putting up 902 rushing yards over his 4 years which included 12 rushing touchdowns.
Due to Brissett’s history to get loose in the pocket, many have doubts that he will be the right fit for the Patriots offense. The Patriots have never had a quarterback with this much elusiveness, but that is the way they wanted it. Brissett is the biggest and most physical quarterback on the Patriots roster. He is 6’4″ and weighs 234 pounds. You know who else falls in the range of body stature? Cam Newton, last year’s MVP. While Brissett is no Cam Newton, he holds the physical ability to be like Cam, a huge threat to any offense in the league. The Patriots have a history for a pocket passing offense, but I would not be surprised to see Brissett get loose from time to time, especially with the strong Houston pass rush led by none other than J.J. Watt. Brissett’s only regular season NFL experience came when Garrapolo went down on Sunday versus the Dolphins. Belicheck said “He did a good job”, and he actually did. The Patriots did run the ball for most of the game after Brissett went in, but Brissett still went 6 for 9 with 92 yards. Those numbers aren’t much, but they are something fans can look at and be satisfied with.
Thursday night at 8:25pm will be the moment of truth for the kid out of NC State. Many fans are worried, and I don’t blame them, but with offensive mastermind Josh McDaniels and Bill Belicheck on the sideline, everything should be just fine. The Patriots look to go 3-0 on the year as Jacoby Brissett leads them into a head to head match-up with the Houston Texans.