Patriots rookie QB Jacoby Brissett got a great nickname from Bill Parcells


We had just started to get to know Jimmy Garoppolo. Now it’s time to familiarize ourselves with Jacoby Brissett.

The proverbial “next man up” in the New England Patriots lexicon is the third-round rookie quarterback out of North Carolina State. One who could start the next game or two — and one who was given a great nickname by his pseudo mentor, Bill Parcells.

Yes, it’s easy to connect the dots on why the Patriots would use a third-rounder on Brissett this past year given the uncertainty with Tom Brady’s potential suspension and with no help on the roster after Garoppolo. And that nickname Parcells gave Brissett — “One Snap” — is suddenly the rookie’s reality.

New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett could start Thursday (AP)

Parcells implored the rookie to prepare and be ready as if he was one snap away. The Patriots hope that preparation gets him ready for a possible start Thursday against a good Houston Texans defense.

“Oh, no. No. We are not making light of that,” Parcells told The MMQB. “That’s a message. He understood it. I was trying to put his ears up like a German Shepherd. Put your ears up; you are only one snap from playing. Sure enough, it happened.”

It happened when Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint against the Miami Dolphins. Brissett came in and did a respectable job but was asked to throw a lot of high-percentage passes, screens and such, as the Patriots held on for victory. Preparing for Thursday will be a massive test. That is, if Garoppolo can’t go.

That feels like more gamesmanship between Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and his former QB coach and offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien, who is now the Texans’ head coach. The Texans have now allowed a TD in their past six quarters of play and have hit opposing quarterbacks 21 times and sacked them nine times in two games. Getting a third-stringer ready during a short week is a tall challenge.

But if there’s a staff that can get the kid ready, it’s the one with Belichick and Josh McDaniels calling the shots. And if there’s a mature young man who can meet the mental and physical challenges for such a tough chore, it might be Brissett. Read more here about his relationship with Parcells, who has known him and mentored him since high school.

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