|After White House visit, Jacoby Brissett posts emotional letter to Barack Obama on Instagram||04.20.17 at 10:47 am ET|
Shortly after the Patriots left the White House on Wednesday, third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett posted a picture to Instagram of him in front of a picture of Barack Obama inside the White House.
The caption was a long letter written by Brissett thanking Obama for what he did for not only the country, but being an inspiration to him. He hopes to meet the former president one day.
It read: Dear Big O,
I am writing you this letter to say thank you. I want to thank you for what you have done for this country – outside of politics. Honestly, I don’t know enough about politics to judge what was good or bad, but I want you to know that when you said “Yes We Can” – a young man dreaming a dream from rough circumstances in Florida heard you. When you were elected President for the first time I was 16 and I watched you make the never-imaginable, attainable and I heard your cry to inspire hope. I used those words as motivation and saw your achievement as an opportunity and permission to work make my dreams come true too. You were the President of the United States – the highest office in the world. You broke a barrier and a stereotype proving not every minority has to use a ball to make a way. You’ve inspired a lifetime of dreamers young and old. Now, kids from my community – and my future children – will know that there is no dream too big – even they could be the President of the United States. As I prepare for the honor of visiting the White House, I will be there as a Super Bowl Champion – and I will think of you, mainly because the White House is a different, and better place because you lived there. I was a kid that came from nothing and I am living out one of the greatest dreams of my life. I am just grateful for the opportunity to walk on the same steps as you did, and to have a platform to inspire and I hope to leave my mark on history the way you did. One day, when I meet you, I will shake your hand and say thank you to your face but until then this kid is going to continue to dream until I can’t anymore. Thank you for blazing a trail, but for more than that, for leaving a paved road behind you for others to climb on.
The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your DREAMS – Oprah
Yes we can!! DREAM BIG!! Thank you,
P.S Holla at me to help you with your broke jump shot
|Bill Parcells, mentor for Jacoby Brissett, says it’s too early to tell how QB’s skills will translate to NFL||03.22.17 at 2:02 pm ET|
Not many people know Jacoby Brissett better than Bill Parcells.
Parcells has known Brissett since he was a teenager playing at Dwyer High School, which is near Parcells’ winter home in Jupiter, Florida.
He’s taken him under his wing over the years and confirmed to ESPN’s Tony Grossi in a radio interview he recommended him to Bill Belichick before last year’s draft.
New England selected Brissett, out of NC State, in the third round.
“I did speak with Bill about him [Brissett] late in the [draft] process last year,” Parcells said to Grossi. “I thought it [New England] would be a very, very good place for Jacoby because he’s highly motivated much like Brady, and he has the same kind of dedication and work habits. He just needed the proper direction and I thought he’d get it with Bill. Fortunately, he went up there and things so far have gone OK for him.”
As for Brissett’s future in the NFL, Parcells says it’s too early to tell because of the offense he ran at NC State not translating well to the NFL.
“I didn’t really think the system he was in in college was going to translate really well to the pros,” Parcells said. “I would have to see a little more game action, a little more preseason. I think he has attributes that are going to allow him to be successful. But you never know until you see him under fire, and you see him get beat up a little bit, things going bad and how they respond. I think he has a lot of the things necessary to be successful. But I think it’s a little early in the game now to know for sure if it’s going to translate completely.”
|Sunday 7: Why Jacoby Brissett, not Tom Brady, may be biggest factor in whether or not Patriots trade Jimmy Garoppolo||03.05.17 at 6:00 am ET|
1. Will the Patriots trade Jimmy Garoppolo? This topic isn’t going to go away any time soon. There are a number of factors going into the decision, which is one of the biggest in the Bill Belichick era. Obviously, quarterback is the most important position on the field and with Tom Brady being 40 years old next season, a good insurance policy is more important than say for a 30-year-old quarterback. This brings us to Jacoby Brissett, who is much more important to the equation than he’s getting credit for. If Garoppolo is dealt, it would be Brissett backing up Brady (although the team reportedly is looking into veteran backup quarterback options). Given how his rookie season went, many assumed he was a solid quarterback, and while maybe not as good as Garoppolo right now, good enough to get by. But, it was learned this week maybe that isn’t the case after all. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported the Patriots wouldn’t be “thrilled” with Brissett taking over for Brady if he were to get injured next season. This complicates trading Garoppolo even more. New England may need Garoppolo to back up Brady because even though everything points to Brady playing all 16 games, with him being 40 years old nothing is guaranteed. The backup quarterback position next season may be more important than on any other Belichick-led team. Bottom line, since Brissett may not be as good as some thought going into his second season, the Patriots may be more apt to hold on to Garoppolo and then reevaluate the position again next offseason.
2. Although it may have snuck up on some people, free agency officially gets underway this week. The legal tampering period begins on Tuesday when teams are permitted to start contract negotiations with free agents and then Thursday at 4:00 p.m. the 2017 league year begins with the start of free agency. The Patriots typically are not a team that comes out firing out of the gates. Usually, they wait and see how the dust settles after the first big wave of contracts and evaluate where things are at. This year could be a bit different considering the number of big-name free agents they have of their own. Again, don’t expect a lot of money to fly around from the Patriots on Thursday, unless one of their own free agents already has a big offer from another team on the table and they want to match.
3. As previously mentioned, the Patriots typically don’t make huge splashes as soon as free agency opens. They wait for the second and third tier players to start signing before making their moves. With that in mind, there are a few players to keep an eye on from a Patriots perspective. Tight end Ryan Griffin could be an option at tight end to potentially help fill the void if Martellus Bennett leaves via free agency. The New Hampshire native is 27 years old and finished last year with 442 receiving yards and two touchdowns with the Texans. Another player to watch at tight end is Mychal Rivera of the Raiders. His agent is Don Yee, the same as Brady, Garoppolo and Julian Edelman, so it’s likely the team could get good intel on him. Defensive end Jared Odrick remains a possibility, especially with him coming to Foxboro and passing a physical last week. Another potential target could be defensive end Andre Branch, who is 27 years old and coming off a 5.5-sack season with the Dolphins. The 2012 second-round pick out of Clemson could be a nice addition to the Patriots’ rotation at defensive end with Chris Long and likely Jabaal Sheard playing elsewhere in 2017.
|Patriots reportedly planning ahead for life without Jimmy Garoppolo||03.03.17 at 1:36 pm ET|
It remains to be seen whether or not Jimmy Garoppolo gets traded from the Patriots, but it appears the team is formulating a plan in case he does.
According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots are exploring their options among backup quarterbacks who are set to become free agents.
New England already has three quarterbacks under contract for 2017, so it doesn’t make much sense for it to add a fourth. It would only be in the event the team trades Garoppolo. That quarterback would then compete with Jacoby Brissett to backup Tom Brady.
NFL Media’s Ian Rappoport reported earlier in the week the Patriots “would not be thrilled now to turn the team over to Jacoby Brissett if Brady is injured,” so adding a veteran backup would make sense.
Also, with Brady being 40 years old, he likely wouldn’t be able to practice every single day next season and the team would need three quarterbacks to run a successful practice with Brady out.
For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.
|Does Jimmy Garoppolo rumor mean Jacoby Brissett was hyped too much at end of year?||03.02.17 at 11:02 am ET|
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Patriots are not expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo and then took it a step further with Ordway Merloni & Fauria when he said “no matter who calls them and what anybody offers” he isn’t getting traded.
So why wouldn’t the Patriots trade Garoppolo?
Clearly, it is a matter of having an insurance policy for Tom Brady and how much the Patriots like Garoppolo. Prior to this week, many believed the Patriots would deal away Garoppolo not only because of Brady planning to play into his mid-40s, but also because they have Jacoby Brissett.
Brissett was drafted in the third round and due to Brady’s suspension and Garoppolo’s injury, he played in 2.5 games over the first four weeks. He finished off the Miami win in Week 2, led the team to a 27-0 win over the Texans in Week 3 and then lost 16-0 to the Bills in Week 4, while playing with an injured thumb. He went on injured reserve after the game, but the Patriots opted to activate him to the roster in late December so he could practice with the team the remainder of the season.
The team didn’t need to do this, especially considering he wouldn’t even be active for a game with Brady and Garoppolo healthy. This was viewed as a way to keep his development going because if he wasn’t activated, he couldn’t practice. Also, Bill Belichick treated Brissett differently than any other rookie on injured reserve. He traveled to away games with the team, something Belichick rarely does even with veterans.
The assumption was Brissett was performing well and the organization believed in him for the future, but maybe that isn’t necessarily the case.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots “would not be thrilled now to turn the team over to Jacoby Brissett if Brady is injured.” It’s important to note Brissett was just a rookie last year and even Garoppolo had plenty to improve on after his rookie year. Many assumed just because of the way Brissett played early in the season and the team activating him late in the year he was fully capable of backing up Brady in 2017.
Brissett certainly could potentially be capable in a year or two, but it appears now the NC State product isn’t as developed as first thought and his situation could be one of the driving factors as to why the Patriots wouldn’t want to trade Garoppolo given the importance of the quarterback position.
|Several Patriots players get interesting haircuts following regular season||01.02.17 at 5:13 pm ET|
FOXBORO — When the Patriots offensive linemen came out of their meetings Monday afternoon, a few of them had different looks, notably rookies Joe Thuney and Ted Karras.
Thuney had a huge shaved line down the middle of his head and also the sides shaved, while Karras had some designed shaves on the back of his head.
“My hair was getting long so I wanted to change it up a little bit,” Thuney said with a laugh.
“I was happy with what I got,” he added.
The NC State product was also asked if Bill Belichick had commented on the haircuts?
“No, we’re here just to work and try and improve and learn from last week’s game,” he said. “Just trying to get better.”
Jacoby Brissett also is sporting a new haircut, but when he came through he was wearing a baseball hat, so it could not be seen.
Patrick Chung said Brissett’s was the best of them all.
“Jacoby, by far. 100 percent,” he said. “He looked like George Jefferson.”
It’s unclear what sparked the haircuts, but since all the players were rookies, it was likely an initiation thing.
The Patriots will practice Wednesday-Friday before enjoying their first-round bye. They will host a divisional round game January 14 at 8:15 p.m.
For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.
With the playoff picture now set, we know Miami, Oakland and Houston are the three teams that could end up coming into Foxboro for the divisional playoff round next Saturday. Here’s a quick look at where each one of those teams stand coming into the postseason.
Miami (finished regular season at 10-6, second place in AFC East): The Dolphins are a little like last years Chiefs in that they struggled in the early going, found something that worked (in this case, give the ball to Jay Ajayi and get out of the way) and got on a hot streak. There are plenty of questions on both sides of the ball heading into the postseason — can they win with a backup quarterback instead of Ryan Tannehill? And can they find a way to fix one of the leakiest run defenses in the league? — but they’ve made the postseason. And considering the fact that this is their first postseason appearance since 2008, that should be more than enough when it comes to this stage of their development.
Numbers you need to know — Offense: 218.8 passing yards per game (26th), 114 rushing yards per game (9th), 22.7 points per game (17th); Defense: 242.2 passing yards per game allowed (15th), 140.4 rushing yards per game allowed (30th), 23.8 points per game allowed (18th).
History with the 2016 Patriots: New England won both games against Miami this year, 31-24 and 35-14.
What we’d be most excited to see? BFF’s LeGarrette Blount and Ndamukong Suh getting after it in a playoff situation.
Oakland (finished regular season at 12-4, second place in AFC West: Man oh man, what might have been. If the Raiders had managed to stay healthy — specifically, quarterback Derek Carr — Oakland had the potential to be a terrific thorn in New England’s side. But Carr suffered a serious knee injury late last month, and the Raiders have had to turn to backup Matt McGloin. McGloin is no Derek Carr. Oakland is still talented enough to win a wild-card game. (Give Khalil Mack 10 guys from Foxboro High on the defensive side of the ball, and he could win the thing on his own.) But the injury to Carr will be too much for them to overcome when they get to the divisional playoff round.
Numbers you need to know — Offense: 253.2 passing yards per game (13th), 120.1 rushing yards per game (6th), 26 points per game (7th); Defense: 257.5 passing yards per game allowed (24th), 117.6 rushing yards per game allowed (23rd), 24.1 points per game allowed (20th).
History with the 2016 Patriots: None.
What we’d be most excited to see? The simple idea of another Patriots-Raiders divisional playoff game on a (potentially snowy) Saturday night in Foxboro? The NFL should send Walt Coleman to referee the game just for [bleeps] and giggles. That, and Tom Brady facing a Jack Del Rio defense.
Houston (finished the regular season 9-7, first place in AFC South): Even though the Texans are the fourth seed (hey, someone had to win the AFC South), they’re the weakest of the six teams in the postseason. Houston has a good defense, but there’s very little offense there to speak of, primarily because of the wild instability at the quarterback position. Brock Osweiler has put up some godawful performances in 2016, but backup Tom Savage might not be ready for prime time either.
Numbers you need to know — Offense: 198.5 passing yards per game (29th), 116.2 rushing yards per game (8th), 17.4 points per game (tied for 28th): Defense: 201.6 passing yards per game allowed (2nd), 99.7 rushing yards per game allowed (12th), 20.5 points per game allowed (11th).
History with the 2016 Patriots: New England crushed Houston in a Thursday night contest in September, 27-0, with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback.
What we’d be most excited to see? A reunion of all the former Patriots on the Houston roster, as well as the coaching staff. Vince Wilfork, Mike Vrabel, Bill O’Brien and Romeo Crennel coming back to Foxboro in a playoff environment? The stories would write themselves.
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Patriots Schedule 2017-18: Game-by-Game Predictions for the Entire Season
- 2017 New England Patriots Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Times and TV...
- Chiefs vs. Patriots to Open 2017 NFL Regular Season Schedule in...
- Patriots Favored in Updated Super Bowl 52 Odds Ahead of 2017 NFL Draft
- After Aaron Hernandez Suicide, Victim's Family Speaks: 'I Just Started...
- Super Bowl 51 Champion New England Patriots Visit President Trump at...
- Rob Gronkowski Interrupts Sean Spicer's Press Briefing During White House...