On Aug. 11, 2016, then-rookie Jacoby Brissett made his NFL preseason debut.
The ninth quarterback drafted in the Bill Belichick era took over for the eighth, Jimmy Garoppolo, that Thursday night as the second half got underway against the New Orleans Saints. And from there, Brissett proceeded to target DeAndre Carter, Chris Harper, Aaron Dobson, Devin Lucien, Clay Harbor, AJ Derby and Tyler Gaffney by the time the New England Patriots had left the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a 34-22 victory.
Brissett had gone 7-of-13 passing for 63 yards with a pair of rushes for 19 yards by then.
He didn’t get sacked. He didn’t turn it over. And while just four of his plays gained north of 10 yards, the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder by way of Florida and North Carolina State didn’t allow the reserve Saints defense to make any big plays, either.


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