Belichick: Brissett 'did a good job for us' coming in for Garoppolo

Belichick: Brissett 'did a good job for us' coming in for Garoppolo

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."

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.