Jacoby Brissett details why he didn't want to be drafted by Patriots

By WEEI 93.7

Jacoby Brissett is most known for starting 30 total games with the Colts -- 15 in 2017 and 15 in 2019 -- but the quarterback was originally drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 2016 draft.

Appearing on Devin and Jason McCourty's Double Coverage podcast Sunday night, Brissett shared how he actually didn't want to get drafted by New England.

“I honestly did not want to be there,” he said. “When I took my visit there — my pre-draft visit — I as like, ‘Hell no. If one team drafts me, it better not be them. And I’ll never forget, Josh (McDaniels) called me on the phone on draft night and I didn’t have his number saved. That’s how bad it was. I didn’t even have his number saved in my phone. I was like, ‘Damn, man.‘”

But once he joined the team, his thoughts changed quickly.

“Then I get there, everyone’s like, ‘Man, it’s New England,’ and then you just meet some of the dudes on the team like you (Devin McCourty),” Brissett said. “That’s when (Terrence Knighton) was on the team and Anthony Johnson and Martellus (Bennett) and it was just fun, man. I’ve never been around so many older dudes that were so young, you know?

“And one of the main things that I learned was just how to be a pro. How to be able to — we would laugh in the locker room and decompress when we weren’t doing football stuff, but when we were in football, everybody thinks it’s like the military. We were locked and loaded. And there was no game where we felt like, ‘Damn, this team might beat us.’ Jason you know coming into that from a different team, you’re just like, ‘Damn, the confidence here is crazy.‘”

Just before the 2017 season Brissett was traded to the Colts and now he finds himself backing up Philip Rivers, who Indianapolis signed this offseason.