Tom Brady is suspended. Jimmy Garoppolo, who was supposed to be his replacement, was recently injured. So who’s the new temporary Patriots starting quarterback? A man by the name of Jacoby Brissett, a rookie third round draft pick from North Carolina State. The question that many of you are asking about this statement is…..who? Well, you’ll find out shortly.
Brissett, from West Palm Beach, was mentored by Pats coaching legend Bill Parcells, who couldn’t praise him enough. Patriots fans must be happy to hear this, considering Parcells has coached some pretty talented quarterbacks. Out of high school, Brissett was a top prospect, committing to Florida, his state school. After his sophomore season, Brissett decided to transfer to North Carolina State due to a lack of playing time.
He took over the reigns as the Wolfpack starting quarterback in 2014, and put up solid numbers over the course of his two year starting career, throwing 43 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions, pretty solid numbers. He became known as a draft prospect who has a strong arm, but isn’t very accurate with his deep ball. No one really thought much of him when the Patriots picked him because of his backup quarterback status, which would soon become third string when Brady returns week five. But after an injury and a suspension, Brissett has now become relevant in the NFL.
After Jimmy Garoppolo left last week’s game against the Dolphins with a shoulder injury, Brissett took some snaps, completing six of nine passes for 92 yards. The Patriots will most likely rely on their running game a lot more to make sure Brissett isn’t overwhelmed in his first NFL start. The one thing that we know for sure is he has some big shoes to fill, because whenever it’s football season, New England is always thinking Super Bowl. But we’ll see, Bill Belichick has shown that he’s able to turn late round draft picks into NFL superstars.
Written by Nathan Bay
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