2. Jacoby Brissett
We know Jacoby Brissett doesn’t move the needle, but Washington had their choice of quarterbacks in the offseason, when the likes of Teddy Bridgewater, Jameis Winston, and Sam Darnold were available.
Those look like good signings by Denver, New Orleans and Carolina, whereas Washington is receiving some deserved backlash for signing an aging journeyman who’s never been to the playoffs in his 17-year career.
Anyway, back to Brissett. The Dolphins backup has quietly enjoyed a nice career for himself, having spent time with the Patriots and Colts before signing a one-year deal with Miami this offseason.
Though Brissett is just 12-20 in his 32 career starts, most of those came with Colts teams that had no chance of making the playoffs. The former third-round pick isn’t a risk-taker like Heinicke, but he brings a clean brand of football to the table, as evidence by his 31:12 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
With a proper infrastructure around him, Brissett can definitely win games, and Washington clearly fills that bill with an elite defense, a strong offensive line and high-end talents at the receiver, tight end and running back positions.
Given that he’s under contract with the Dolphins, however, Washington would have to trade for Brissett, so the question Rivera and Co. have to ask is whether they’d be willing to give up a late-round draft pick for what will likely be another rental.