FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick liked what he saw from Jacoby Brissett in a little over two quarters of work running the Patriots offense.
"Look, he's been working for this for a long time," Belichick said following Sunday's 31-24 win over the Dolphins. "All the way back into the spring, all the way through training camp. He's gotten a lot of reps. He did a good job. Pressure situation, played two-and-a-half quarters, and he did a good job for us."
Brissett threw just nine passes after replacing starter Jimmy Garoppolo, who left the game with a shoulder injury. He completed six of those for 92 yards and didn't commit any turnovers, though he did fumble the football in the fourth quarter, which was recovered by running back James White.
When asked about Garoppolo's injury, Belichick replied, "Yeah, I don't know yet so we'll just take it day by day."
Before the season-opener in Arizon, the Patriots coaching staff was confident in Brissett's readiness in case of emergency.
"I know Jacoby is a rookie, but he has been in every meeting, every practice and every session that we could be with him," offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said at the time. "He has put in an awful lot of hard work and he has spent a lot of time trying to improve each day that he has been here. I think he'll be ready with his role, and like all of our players, we're not that far away from playing anybody. We have three or four different guys at any position, really that can just go in there and just keep putting a new guy in there.
"Jacoby has earned the opportunity and he understands the responsibility that comes with . . . If he needs to play, he'll know what his job is. We have confidence in him that he'll be able to go in there and execute his job well."