5 dark horse candidates to be Patriots' QB in 2024

Don't let a single victory fool you. The Pats need to make a change.

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3. Jacoby Brissett

Talk about a real dark horse, here. Back in 2016, Jacoby Brissett got his start as a third-round pick in New England. One year after his pro debut, though, Brissett was dealt to the Indianapolis Colts after an Andrew Luck injury drew the need for another quarterback in Indy.

Since then, Brissett has been mostly a backup, but has stepped in to start and perform admirably no matter where he's been. Whether it was Indianapolis, Miami or Cleveland, Brissett has been one of the best backup quarterbacks in football and has just over a 2-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio (48 passing touchdowns to 23 interceptions).

Brissett will, at the very least, take good care of the football. He would be the type of signing New England makes if they needed a bridge quarterback while allowing a rookie to develop. Heck, you might see the Patriots do something like draft Riley Leonard after signing Brissett and rolling into the 2024 season starting the latter to begin with, while Leonard learns a little.