Third time’s the charm! Tom Brady’s suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo is hurt, so Jacoby Brissett will reportedly be the New England Patriots’ starting quarterback for their game with the Houston Texans. Before the first snap, learn more about this NFL rookie.
1. Jacoby is the replacement for the replacement.
Jacoby, 23, saw his first real action in the NFL during the New England Patriots game against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 18. He was subbed after Jimmy Garoppolo, 24, suffered a shoulder injury. Jimmy was taking the snap because Tom Brady, 39, has to sit out the first 4 games of the 2016 Season due to his involvement in “Deflate-Gate.”
Though Jimmy’s injury isn’t season ending, he’s still in pain, and sources claim that Jacoby will start when the Pats face the Houston Texans on Sept. 22, per the Washington Post. Jimmy will reportedly still be active, but will be on hand as Jacoby’s backup.
2. He’s a Florida native who found success in North Carolina.
Jacoby enrolled at University of Florida in 2011, where he was backup to John Brantley. John got hurt and thus, Jacoby was given the starter position (déjà vu!) During his freshman year, he appeared in 8 games, going 18-39 for 2006 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. After losing the starter job to Jeff Driskell, Jacoby transferred to North Carolina State University. He led the Wolfpack for two winning seasons (finishing 8-5 and 7-6).
3. His size made him a catch in the NFL Draft.
Jacoby is 6’4 and 235 pounds and has a pretty powerful arm. Those stats resulted in him getting picked in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. “He’s got the kind of intriguing skill set that lures teams into taking a mid-round flyer,” Steven Ruiz said about him, per For The Win! Still, he’s not terribly accurate with his throws, and his talent is still very “raw.”
4. He’s about to make history for New England.
With Jacoby likely taking the field, he will become the first ever African-American to starts as quarterback for the Patriots. The New York Giants would be the last team to start a black quarterback.
5. He’s also handy in the kitchen.
Jacoby doesn’t drink and doesn’t smoke. His biggest vice might be sugar. While in college, he baked chocolate chip cookies for his team ahead of games and he would take his offensive lineman out for wings. If he leads the Pats to a 3-0 record, Coach Bill Belichick, 64, may take him out for dinner!
What do you think about Jacoby, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he’ll go far in the NFL?