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Jacoby Brissett’s performance in Thursday night’s final preseason tune-up against the Giants created some interesting decisions for the Patriot’s coaching staff.  Brissett showed poise and resiliency, playing the entire game and going 28 for 39 passing, racking up 341 yards with four touchdown passes and running for one more.  He did throw one bad pick-six early in the contest, but he rebounded nicely from the early setback to rally the Patriots to a late comeback which eventually fell just short.

Before anyone gets too excited, keep in mind many of the players wearing Giants uniforms in that game will be on the unemployment line next week.  But the Patriots also rested all of their top offensive skill players, evening out the competitive balance.  Despite the lack of weapons, Brissett made good decisions and an ability to lead an offense.

With the cut-down to the 53 main roster looming on Saturday, will the Patriots keep Brissett and go with three quarterbacks on the roster?  Or has Brissett shown enough to open up the possibility that the Patriots again explore trade options for Jimmy Garoppolo and go with Brissett as the lone backup to Tom Brady?  With the Patriots thin on the defensive front seven, carrying a third quarterback may be a luxury the Patriots cannot afford.  With trades uncharacteristically up in the NFL this season, the Patriots may move one of their backup QBs to shore up the defense.

Revisiting two players to watch in Preseason Game 3.

Prior to the third preseason game in Detroit, this blog highlighted four players that bared watching moving forward.  Unfortunately (for them), two of these players will not be wearing the Flying Elvis in 2017.

Defensive back/punt returner Cyrus Jones is lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL in pass coverage in the preseason finale.  Jones’ chances to make the roster increased with the loss of Edelman as an option to return punts.  Now the Crimson Tide standout has a long road of rehab ahead of him.

Defensive lineman Kony Ealy did not last long enough to play against the Giants.  He struggled to fit into the “Patriot Way” and was released earlier this week.  Despite injuries on the defensive front, the Patriots apparently saw little chance Ealy would adapt to the program and the team quickly cut their losses.

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