Jerod Mayo Makes Firm Claim on Drake Maye-Jacoby Brissett Situation

Head coach Jerod Mayo isn't naming Drake Maye the starting quarterback after the 2024 NFL Draft.
Jan 17, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo addresses media at a
Jan 17, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo addresses media at a / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots are undergoing a massive rebuild but on Thursday night they added a major component to it.

After rumors swirled that New England could be moving back in the draft, they decided to stand pat and select North Carolina's Drake Maye to be quarterback of the future.

Pats fans were certainly thrilled but they may have to wait before seeing Maye on the field.

Patriots News: Fans Should Expect to Wait A Little Before Seeing Drake Maye on the Field

In a presser after their selection, head coach Jerod Mayo spoke to the media. He said, "We're not sitting here saying Drake is our starting quarterback. I think he understands that."

This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to Patriots fans. In free agency, the Pats signed Jacoby Brissett to a one-year, $8 million deal worth up to $12 million in incentives.

The Pats gave him that kind of money with the expectation of him playing a bit in 2024. Brissett is the perfect veteran mentor for Maye.

New England's offense still needs some work. They need to add more talent to the trenches and the wide receiver room but they still have seven picks remaining to address some of these holes.

Regardless, Maye doesn't need to be thrust into the fire immediately. Brissett allows them to let Maye develop at his own pace this season before they feel he's ready to step on the field.

The 21-year-old has all the physical tools needed to thrive in the NFL but the mental part of the game is the biggest hurdle. Watching from the sideline without the pressure of having to start right away could spell great things for the Patriots and Maye.

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