He may have walked in with a big lead, and he may have mostly handed the ball off.
But Jacoby Brissett still impressed his teammates, after his last-man-standing routine against the Dolphins. Taking over after Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury, he was 6-of-9 passes in just over a half, and helped them hang onto a 31-24 win.
“He came in and he handled it well,” wide receiver Julian Edelman said, via Phil Perry of CSNNE.com. “He’s a baby, and it’s just funny to see him in the huddle and stuff. I’m proud of him. He handled it real well. He made calls. He made the right run checks and all that stuff. I’m sure there’s more we could do better, but he came in, and Jacoby handled it like a professional.”
The third-round pick from N.C. State is the only healthy quarterback on their roster at the moment, with Tom Brady suspended and Garoppolo leaving in the second quarter. And with a short week to prepare for the Texans on Thursday, it’s going to be hard to find someone who can come in and help, so he’s expected to get that start.
Brissett has made an impression on his teammates while running the scot team, giving them a degree of confidence in him.
“Obviously he has great ability to run and throw, but it’s his attitude,” safety Devin McCourty said. “When he’s out there on the look team he’s trying to make plays. He’s trying to have a good day out there. He’s not out there as a look-squad quarterback. Same thing similar to when Jimmy was out there. They’re out there trying to make plays, trying to get better as players and it gets us all better.”
This week, he’s going to have to make a whole team better, since he’s the last one left.