Jacoby Brissett, we think, will make his NFL debut Thursday night, as Jimmy Garoppolo recovers from a bum shoulder. He’ll be playing at home, but he’ll also be facing one of the best defenses in the league in the Houston Texans.
What can we expect from the 23-year-old?
“Well, when you look at an Osweiler or a Trevor Siemian, a guy that doesn’t have that big body of work, but they’ve been in the league a couple years – you see that there’s a clear differential between those guys and guys who have started several games,” Jon Beason said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “So now you have a true rookie who hasn’t been around the offense that long – just the offseason – going in and facing a Texans defense that I feel has really emerged as one of the best with Watt and Clowney and Mercilus. Those guys really get after it, and I think there’s a big differential between their D-Line and the Pats’ offensive line. It’s going to be tough for Jacoby, but you hear so many good things about him, that he’s a gym rat, he loves to study, he doesn’t have any vices, he’s a really good kid – and he’s a South Florida kid, so that makes him that much better.”
Brissett is from West Palm Beach, while Beason is from Miramar, Florida.
“But I think it’s going to be tough (for Brissett),” he continued. “I think what makes Brady and the Mannings and Brees and those guys who they are is what they do pre-snap – knowing what the coverage is, what the blitz is and having an idea before they snap the ball where they’re going with the ball. So what I would do from a defensive standpoint is I would have everybody line up exactly the same and show him the exact same look every time pre-snap. One, that will confuse you, it would force you to hold the ball and now we have the advantage upfront. We can get pressure on you and hopefully you throw us a couple ill-advised passes and we get some interceptions that lead to points.”
The Patriots, of course, aren’t the only team trying to improve to 3-0 this week. So are the Giants, who have allowed just 32 points through two games. They host the Redskins (0-2) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
“I’m so happy,” said Beason, who played for the Giants from 2013-15 before retiring. “I would say that Coach Spags (Steve Spagnuolo), his defense is very, very complex. I like the fact that he doesn’t allow an offense to dictate to him. A lot of coordinators, when they talk to their mike backer, they’re saying, ‘Hey, listen, when we make a call, just stay in it. Whatever happens on offense, we’ll live to play another down. Get everybody doing one thing right at one time’ – as opposed to having (the) approach (of), ‘Okay, they moved somebody, they motioned a guy, they made a check, we need to check, we need to get out of something.’ And now you keep the upper hand. But it takes time to develop that rapport with the mike backer and the defensive coordinator to put yourself in the best possible situation to have a successful down. And I think that the players who were there last year are playing that much better in their second year in the scheme. And obviously the big-time free-agent guys they brought in have made all the difference in the world. I’m happy. Even though Eli and the receiving corps get a lot of the praise, it’s really the defense why they’re sitting at 2-0.”