Commanders QB Jacoby Brissett's progression
While Jacoby Brissett has been playing second fiddle to Sam Howell throughout training camp, the Washington Commanders finally got the quarterback some much-needed reps with the first-team unit on Monday. This was ahead of his projected involvement at some stage during their preseason game against the Cleveland Browns - his former team - on Friday evening.
All signs point to Howell being the No. 1 when the regular season begins. However, the Commanders got themselves a decent insurance policy in Brissett, who performed well last season and is one of the more dependable understudies around currently.
When asked about the decision to get Brissett involved with the 1s, Ron Rivera stated via Pro Football Talk this was all part of the natural progression. The head coach also stated that integrating a veteran player at the position is a lot easier than a second-year pro with just one career start under his belt.
"At some point, [Brissett is] going to have to work with [the offensive starters], just so he gets to know them and they get to know him. So, we went ahead and gave him the last couple in each period. Jacoby is a veteran guy and him getting acclimated happens a lot quicker than younger guys, obviously. And that’s one of the things that I think bodes well for a guy like Jacoby being a part of your quarterback room. He doesn’t need the total number that we’ve been trying to get Sam [Howell] at."- Ron Rivera via Pro Football Talk
In an ideal world, Brissett won't see the field in 2023 as Howell finally becomes the starting-caliber quarterback the Commanders have craved for years. But the seasoned professional will be ready and willing if injury strikes or the former North Carolina star fluffs his lines with the spotlight glaring.