Could the Patriots connection bring QB Jacoby Brissett to the Texans?

The Houston Texans have multiple directions they can go at quarterback.

The most likely path is they roll with a rookie signal caller in coach DeMeco Ryans’ first season. However, they still need to address who backs up their novice field general. Will they allow Davis Mills to be the second-stringer as he enters his third season, or will the club go with a proven veteran to provide stability behind their rookie?

According to Cody Benjamin from CBS Sports, a name to watch for the Texans is former Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett played under the [Philadelphia] Eagles‘ Nick Sirianni and Kevin Patullo in Indianapolis; and was drafted by Texans general manager Nick Caserio, then a [New England] Patriots executive, back in 2016.

Caserio was with the Patriots in a variety of roles from 2001-20, but his most recent was director of player personnel starting in 2008. The Patriots took Brissett 91st overall in Round 3 of the 2016 NFL draft. As a rookie, Brissett even saw some action as he led New England to a 27-0 win over the Texans at Gillette Stadium on Thursday Night Football in Week 3, his first career start.

The following season New England flipped Brissett for Indianapolis Colts wideout Phillip Dorsett at the end of preseason to provide depth at quarterback with starter Andrew Luck out indefinitely. Brissett compiled an 11-19 record with the Colts over the next four seasons before landing in Miami as a veteran backup for Tua Tagovailoa. Brissett started five games for the Dolphins, going 2-3 in 2021. The Cleveland Browns used Brissett on an interim basis in 2022 as their intended starting quarterback served an 11-game suspension. Brissett went 4-7 for the Browns.

If the Texans thought their team was good enough to stay in the playoff hunt deep in the regular season, adding Brissett would be a consideration. If the Texans are going to give all of their reps to a rookie as is, it may be best to let Brissett sign elsewhere.

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