Pats knew they’d add a third quarterback, opted for a third-round rookie

AP

For the second time in three years, the Patriots have added a rookie quarterback through one of the first 100 picks in the draft. And yet Tom Brady has not yet demanded to be traded.

The latest rookie comes via round three, pick 91. Jacoby Brissett, from N.C. State. After Friday night’s session, V.P. of player personnel Nick Caserio explained the reasoning.

“The whole quarterback position, we only had two on the team, so we were definitely going to add a third quarterback, no question about it at some point, whether it was in the draft or however we did it,” Caserio said. “Jacoby was a guy we spent a lot of time with. We brought him in, kind of went through exercises with him. He started his career at Florida then transferred to North Carolina State. Two-year starter in the ACC, big guy, good size, athletic, strong, did a better job of taking care of the football this year, decent touchdown to interception ratio. He played in a couple quality programs.”

Asked whether and to what extent Brady’s four-game suspension factored into the decision, Caserio tiptoed.

“Like I said, we have two quarterbacks on our roster so we knew we were going to add a third quarterback, regardless of whatever the situation was,” Caserio said. “So very rarely have we gone through a spring with two quarterbacks. Sometimes we’ve had three, sometimes we’ve had four. So we knew we were going to have a third quarterback on the team regardless. That’s always an important position on your team. We felt that it was important for us to have a player that we felt comfortable with. So that’s why we picked Brissett.”

A reporter tried a different approach to the ady-Bra uspension-say, asking Caserio how comfortable he is with the quarterback depth chart for the first four games.

“Well, we’ll go through the spring,” Caserio said. “We’ll kind of go through the process and see what happens. The only thing we can control really is tomorrow and the draft and then we’ll go through OTAs. The rest of it is really out of our hands. We’ll control the things that we can control and go through and try to prepare our team the best we can.”

Even with Brissett, it’s hard to imagine the Patriots embarking on Brady’s four-game suspension without a veteran presence behind 2014 second-rounder Jimmy Garoppolo. If anything, Brissett is poised to become the next potential in-house successor to Brady, if/when the Patriots trade Garoppolo before he becomes a free agent, like they did with Ryan Mallett.

26 responses to “Pats knew they’d add a third quarterback, opted for a third-round rookie

  1. Even if he winds up only being a training camp arm, and at 91 in the draft the Pats certainly think he can be more than that, he can learn a lot in that system. It does not matter how you feel about Brady his results should have your attention.

  2. The media’s general opinion is that Garppolo is finished as a Patriot with this new draft pick at QB. If the guy plays extremely well those opening four games and looks great leading the team why would Belicheck get rid of him. Bill has always said he does what’s in the best interest of the team. I know that most of my fellow Pats fans think that Brady is a god, but his time as a great QB will end. Bill has always said that it’s better to get rid of a player a year earlier than a year late. I’d just hate to get rid of a good QB, as hard as they are to find, for the sake of someone’s legacy.

  3. .
    Garopollo is a short timer. His contract expires in 2017 and it’s highly improbable that he would like to spend his entire career as Brady’s backup. The Patriots had no choice but to acquire another QB to develop.

    Brisset is an unknown to most, however it’s very unlikely that the Patriots cut a bunch of corners during the evaluation process.
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  4. I would not expect Brady to play another 5 years just because he says he can. He finished the last half of the season 3-5. When it starts to go, it goes pretty fast. I’ll be surprised if he plays 2 more.

  5. The Pats did have to draft a QB, because Garappolo will be traded next year, or walk in 2017. I still think they have to sign a cheap vet, like MFlynn, because this guy won’t be ready to play NFL QB if they need him in Sept. Problem is, most projections had Brisset in the 6th rnd. with the ceiling of backup in the NFL.
    They drafted a fat DT in the 3rd that most projections had in the 7th. They drafted a swingman at least half a round early, after investing 3 pks on interior linemen the last 2 yrs, and developing 2 others. The slot CB/punt returner I’m OK with, but most projections had him late 3rd, not 2nd. It looks to me like some guys they wanted got taken just before them, and they were left having to overdraft some guys. Poor job. Belichick is great, but he’s not always right.

  6. A can of tomatoes can play a QB with the Patriots and win games. It’s our system not the person who actually starts at QB that makes us successful.

  7. rogerdw66 says:
    Apr 30, 2016 12:23 PM
    I would not expect Brady to play another 5 years just because he says he can. He finished the last half of the season 3-5. When it starts to go, it goes pretty fast. I’ll be surprised if he plays 2 more.

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    Brady is not the reason for the end of season record. In fact he carried an injury depleted squad on his back for a lot of last year. I think 2 more years is a good guess but maybe three. Agreed that 5 is a stretch.

  8. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Apr 30, 2016 1:13 PM
    A can of tomatoes can play a QB with the Patriots and win games. It’s our system not the person who actually starts at QB that makes us successful.
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    I highly doubt you will be saying that the season after Brady hangs em up. I can wait for that day.

    This reason behind this pick was depth and insurance, Belichick drafts QBs to replace Brady but Brady aint hanging em up soon so the QBs behind him never get to play, if they do, then Belichick can flip them for picks (Cassel) or waive them if they have no value (e.g. Mallett, O’Connell).

    Jimmy G is under contract for 2 more years, so I don’t think this pick needed to be made now or in the 3rd, but what do I know about personnel moves?

  9. They passed on Cook and Prescott for a guy whose best attribute is “he runs well.”

    Hubris is funny.

  10. They should still trade into the 199th pick and get Keenan Reynolds. Kind of a lucky number for them and they’ve been really sweet on that guy.

  11. You know you’ve had a bad draft when the biggest highlight was what Kevin Faulk was wearing…

  12. This proven Guilty thing on Deflategate has really caused some Patriots fans to write some good stuff. It is about time… I am proud of you. Your gloating days behind you and the possibility of just being good and not great can be humbling. I do not mean this as sarcasm either. The Patriots need to plan for life without Brady for a few games and the long term as well.

  13. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Apr 30, 2016 1:13 PM

    A can of tomatoes can play a QB with the Patriots and win games. It’s our system not the person who actually starts at QB that makes us successful.
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    Yes but now the NFL seems at least open to the idea of limiting the system of serial cheating.

  14. I was actually wondering if Belichick has another son, who happens to be a grad assistant at NC State. Two consecutive picks from NCSU. 78 was fine, but trading down from 61 in order to be able to use 91 this way is ridiculous. Brissett will never stand in the pocket in a meaningful game, and if he actually does then Brady is hurt and NE won’t be contending for SB #5 when Brissett is standing in the pocket. Could have rolled the dice in round 6 with anyone left on the board and arrived at the same outcome. I won’t be buying the future argument that this pick allows NE to get value for Garropolo, because getting value for Garropolo is not dependent specifically upon Brissett.

    Make a list of the players that were available at 91 and put it in the file.

  15. This pick proves two things.
    1. The team knows brady will be suspended for 4 games.
    2. The team knows crappolo can not play.
    Facts.

  16. 1. The 4 game suspension is something they are concerned about, yes.

    2. Every NFL team needs a backup QB, I don’t know how you’d miss that. Garoppolo actually can play and has looked good in the small doses that we’ve seen him.

  17. This is a brilliant way of creating value from a draft pick. Invest the 91st pick in a guy, use him just enough in the right situations to showcase his strengths, then turn him around for a higher draft pick or equivalently-valued player in a trade.

    I wonder if this works at other positions (not just QB) and with other organizations? If you have a top-3 NFL pass rusher on the Bills let’s say (my team), could you draft another pass rusher, develop him, show his strengths, then turn him around for value as much on his talent as the guy in front of him on the depth chart? I think no.

    One more reason the Pats having Brady/Belicheck provides a unique advantage. One more reason to hate them. Respect them, but hate them.

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