5 New England Patriots players to watch in Week 3
As we prepare for the New England Patriots to face the Houston Texans on a short week, here are five Patriots players to watch in Week 3. We start with the man who everyone will be watching on Thursday night.
Patriots Players to Watch in Week 3: Jacoby Brissett
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Of course, Jacoby Brissett is the top Patriots player to watch against the Texans in his first pro start. The last time the Patriots started a rookie at quarterback was way before this writer was even alive, so this is unfamiliar territory for not only the Patriots, but also the New England fan base.
We didn’t get a great glimpse of Brissett in relief duty of Jimmy Garoppolo last week, as Josh McDaniels had to scramble to design plays that the rookie could run with players he’s barely practiced with. Certainly, the playbook was very limited, and that is partly why the Patriots nearly lost after getting out to a 31-3 lead.
Look for Brissett to be supported by an array of short-yardage passing patterns, such as Julian Edelman slant routes and James White screens (as well as more tight end double screen throws to Martellus Bennett). Additionally, expect Brissett to be supported by a running back who the Patriots are increasingly relying on this season…
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