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Jacoby Brissett Not A Total Unknown To The Texans

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Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler has respect for the position that both New England quarterbacks are navigating while trying to seize opportunities afforded to them because of the unavailability of a sure Hall of Fame quarterback. After enduring the round and round of their own quarterback carousel past year, the Texans have welcomed the stability afforded by pricey offseason acquisition Brock Osweiler while the Patriots have shuffled signal callers in the wake of Tom Brady's suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder injury. Secondly, there's the very real question whether Belichick feels comfortable enough throwing Brissett into his first NFL start opposite an active Houston defense that leads the league with nine sacks in two games.

"I'm just anxious about Thursday, and helping our team, and no matter what we do, just go out there and try to get a victory, " said Brissett, who completed 6 of 9 passes in the win over the Dolphins. "I was in those shoes for three and half years before I really got my opportunity". It's going to continue to be. I'm just saying that the contrast to that example. "I'm just anxious about Thursday".

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When asked about the challenge of preparing Brissett for his potential ascension, at least for a week, Belichick turned the focus to what his entire team has in store. "I'm not a doctor", he said. He's a challenging guy because there is not a lot of pro tape on him.

Belichick did acknowledge that he has liked what he has seen since his somewhat raw rookie out of North Carolina State arrived in Foxborough.

"Jacoby's done a good job for us", he said.

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