The New England Patriots drafted former North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft and there are some high hopes for the youngster entering a strong franchise.
Bill Parcells coached the Patriots from 1993-1996 and saw some pretty great players on his roster during that time. He spoke with Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald and compared Brissett to some of those great players.
“He’s a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown type player. That’s the kind of guy he is. That’s what New England is getting,” Parcells told the newspaper. “Those kinds, those Tedy Bruschi types, those players who’ve been successful — he’s very similar in his personal life to those kinds of guys.”
Right now, Jacoby Brissett will likely serve as a back-up to Jimmy Garoppolo while he starts in place of Tom Brady during the four-game suspension this season. However, Parcells seems to believe that Brissett’s glass ceiling is very high and he is ready to bust right through it.
“You never really know for sure until you see a player under the gun, so to speak, at the top level,” Parcells said. “But, that being said. I have a very high regard for this young man. He’s an awesome kid. He’s very bright. He has zero personal issues. He’s a very dedicated, committed guy and I think he’s going to the absolute perfect place for him. They’ve got a great coach, a great organization, and they’ve got a great role model playing that he’ll be able to observe and learn from. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Because of what I think he has, his career is going to develop well.”
During his career at both Florida and NC State, Brissett threw for 5,723 yards and 46 touchdowns. He also was a great running quarterback, rushing for 902 yards and 12 touchdowns.
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