‘One Snap.’ With Garoppolo down, Patriots look to Brissett to carry the load.

img_6269Jacoby Brissett had only seen time on the field during the preseason. The 2016 third round pick out of NC State has been nicknamed “One Snap” by mentor and Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells, in the five months since he was drafted by the New England Patriots.

“I was trying to get him to put his ears up like a German Shepherd. Put your ears up; you’re only one snap away from playing.”Parcells said.

In Week 2 of the NFL season, Jimmy Garoppolo moved the ball downfield seemingly at will, until an arguably late hit by Kiko Alonzo knocked him out of the game with a sprained AC joint.

Jacoby Brissett’s time had come, he was no longer just one snap away.

While Brissett performed admirably in replacement of Garoppolo, he was unable to find the end zone at any point in the his quarter and a half of action, and to help matters even worse the defense faltered down the stretch and almost relinquished the lead if not for a game-clinching interception by Duron Harmon.

With Garoppolo doubtful for Thursday’s game against the Texans, Brissett will be the first rookie quarterback to start a game for the Patriots since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. He will also be the first African-American quarterback in Patriots history to start a game.

Brissett faces down a tough task in a Houston defense led by JJ Watt, and a front seven that can get pressure on the quarterback in a hurry.

“It’s the same preparation every week,” Brissett told reporters, when asked how he would approach starting in place of the injured Garoppolo.

“It’s been a learning process since I got here and it’s going to continue to be. I’m just worried about Thursday.” Brissett said.

Characterized as a calm individual and someone who is “tough to fluster” by offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Brissett seems poised to face this challenge head on.

Many wonder if Brissett is ready for the task at hand, with Hall of Famer Michael Irvin going as far to say that the Vince Lombardi Trophy should be renamed after Bill Belichick should the Patriots win on Thursday night.

However some, like Bill Parcells believe that Brissett is in a good place and more than prepared for what lies ahead.

“I am glad he’s with Bill Belichick.” Parcells said. “I’m just telling you I’m glad he’s there, and I think Bill gives him an excellent opportunity to be successful.”

Whatever the case may be, the world will find out Thursday night just how successful ‘One Snap’ can be.