Jacoby Brissett will likely start for the New England Patriots against Houston on Thursday, but Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t been ruled out entirely. In fact, Garoppolo may even play at some point. No one knows for sure.

Bill Belichick wants it that way.

“I think Jacoby is the guy that’s going to play,” Boston Globe Patriots writer Jim McBride said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s going to get the start for sure. I think in a best-case scenario, they’re able to suit up Garoppolo and he’s there as basically a backup plan in case Brissett gets hurt. Then you’d see him pretty much handing off to Blount or White or whoever else they have in the backfield. But I think Jacoby Brissett is going to get the start for sure.”

McBride called Brissett, 23, “a very mature kid.”

“Even when he was drafted, we talked to him on a conference call and you got the feeling that this kid was very mature,” McBride said. “He’s a leader. He’s got a lot of respect in that locker room. It was kind of an odd situation this summer when they had to split the first-team snaps between Brady and Garoppolo, so he was kind of off to the side a lot, didn’t get a ton of snaps, but got more snaps during the exhibition season during the actual games rather than training camps. He showed that he had some moxie in those games, showed a lot in the two-and-a-half quarters he played against the Dolphins on Sunday. He had a couple of times where he threw the ball away rather than taking the sack. He knew enough to do the foot-first slide rather than take a hit when he was scrambling. So I think this kid is really smart and mature for his age.”

McBride was asked just how annoying a Bill Belichick press conference can be. Belichick is often sour with the media and rarely, if ever, says anything of substance.

“It’s frustrating sometimes, sure, but you know that going in,” he said. “He’s not going give you any injury information at a press conference. You’re just going to have to figure it out on your own and watch practice. But you’re kind of used to it at this point. He still has to be asked the questions just in case there might be that one nugget of information. So it’s still worth going absolutely.”


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