Patriots kickoff 2016: A look at Jacoby Brissett

Josh McDaniels will be a wanted man this offseason: Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Josh McDaniels will be a wanted man this offseason: Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports /

Rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett wears the No. 7 jersey for the New England Patriots, so he is the subject of discussion as we mark just seven days until kickoff.

Here’s some basic information on Jacoby Brissett:

Size: 6-foot-4, 231 pounds

College: North Carolina State

NFL experience: Rookie

Selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Brissett navigated his way through training camp and will start the regular season as the Patriots’ backup quarterback. So if Jimmy Garoppolo goes down with an injury, we’ll get to see how Brissett deals with being thrust into action. Brissett possesses three traits that you should know about: arm strength, accuracy and mobility.

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First off, Brissett’s arm strength fits the mold for a top-tier NFL quarterback. Throughout the preseason, he demonstrated a knack for slinging passes into tight spaces, such as the dart he threw to Devin Lucien across the field in the preseason finale.

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Additionally, Brissett throws passes with impressive accuracy. So not only can Brissett get the ball from Point A to Point B in fast fashion, but he can also place balls with nice touch. In the NFL, it doesn’t really matter if you have a strong arm if you can’t hit receivers between the numbers or right on their hands.

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Last but certainly not least, Brissett has great mobility. We saw him run 12 yards up the middle for a first down against the Giants, as well as escape pressure in the pocket with quick and nimble movements. He’s no Russell Wilson, but Brissett is a two-way threat in his own right.

We look forward to watching Brissett grow and develop as a rookie and contend for the post-Brady starting rights with Garoppolo.

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