New England Patriots: Jacoby Brissett shines, draws Cam Newton comparison

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 10: Jacoby Brissett
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 10: Jacoby Brissett /

Third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett threw for 4 touchdowns and ran for another in a 40-38 loss to the New York Giants in the New England Patriots final preseason game.

If Jacoby Brissett is one of the players on the bubble to make the New England Patriots final 53-man roster, he staked his case on Friday night.

In the team’s thrilling 40-38 loss to the New York Giants, the second-year quarterback shined with his arm and feet.

Brissett completed 28-of-39 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns and scrambled with the ball four times for 29 yards and an end zone run.  Although he did have a few mistakes, one being a first quarter interception, he showed off his arm and ability to make plays.

Just like Cam

It was the type of performance that one Patriots wide receiver compared to that of Cam Newtown.

"“I told him he looked like Cam Newton for a second, because he just stayed in the pocket, and you know how Cam just throws off his back foot sometimes,” Patriots wide receiver Devin Lucien said following the game. “[Brissett] just launched a ball like with the whole defensive line in his face.  And it was like, ‘That’s not you, what you doing?’ And he just laughed.  Jacoby’s a great athlete and a great quarterback.”"

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 31: Jacoby Brissett
FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 31: Jacoby Brissett /

While the Newton comparisons are a bit of a stretch, Brissett’s pocket presence really stood out throughout the game.  That is the part of his development that shined during the team’s comeback in the final preseason contest.

If indeed Brissett was playing for his football life, he gave the Patriots something to think about.  At the very least, the 23-year-old quarterback may have played his way onto another team.  I would not rule out a trade possibility.

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For the fun of the game

All in all, it was great to see the young quarterback show off his talent and have fun while doing it.  Following the game, Brissett it made him feel like a kid again.  With the roster cut down looming, having fun was what Friday night’s game was all about.

"“I think that was a great opportunity for all of us to go out there one last time in preseason and just make the most of our opportunity,” Brissett said, via WEEI.  “A lot of the guys, we’re out there, we didn’t get a lot of the game action last game, so it was a good time to just our out there and make the most of our opportunity.”"

Jacoby Brissett certainly made the most of his opportunity.  Although just a preseason game, it displayed more than a glimpse of the type of quarterback he can develop into.  If not the New England Patriots, quarterback hungry teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets may have a place for him.

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While Bill Belichick evaluates what is best for the team this weekend, he will have Brissett’s performance Friday night fresh on his mind.