Jacoby Brissett Patriots
Jacoby Brissett warms up on the sideline during the second half against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 22, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Getty

KEY POINTS

  • The New Englan Patriots may prowl for a veteran quarterback 
  • A reunion with Jimmy Garoppolo makes sense for the Pats
  • Jacoby Brissett could be a plausible choice for head coach Bil Belichick

The New England Patriots are back to square one as they try to pick up the pieces since the departure of Tom Brady.

Cam Newton hardly turned things around, and Bill Belichick will have to figure out who to go with by the 2021-22 NFL season.

As mentioned in a previous post, the Pats are believed to be pinning their hopes on whoever they can in the NFL Draft.

A target is reportedly Mac Jones of Alabama Crimson Tide. The 22-year-old play-caller is considered the fifth-best quarterback in the draft and not all are confident that he could be the one to fill in the big shoes left by Brady.

Hence, it remains that Belichick and the Pats still need to take in a veteran. Several names could fit that need, including former Patriots player Jimmy Garoppolo.

Here is a rundown on who New England may consider.

Jimmy Garoppolo girlfriend
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo celebrates after a win at Levi's Stadium on Jan. 11, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Jimmy Garoppolo

The San Francisco 49ers may move on from Jimmy Garoppolo, a quarterback who could be at the top of most NFL team’s lists.

The only problem right now is that his health includes a big question mark, something the Pats do not need

If the Pats are willing to gamble on that, Garoppolo could be the guy they need to get back to competitive form.

But this is on the premise they find a way to properly nurture the 29-year-old, so he spends more time on the field than on the sidelines.

Derek Carr
The Oakland Raiders are reportedly open to trading quarterback Derek Carr. Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders in action during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Getty Images/Jamie Squire

Derek Carr

Another 29-year-old play-caller that the Patriots may consider is Derek Carr.

He has proven in the past that he can perform at a certain level, someone who can keep the Pats together. But the thing with Carr is that there are areas of his game that need improvement.

Belichick could be of help in that area if they manage to acquire him from the Las Vegas Raiders.

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A.J. Bouye #21 of the Jacksonville Jaguars leaps to tackle Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans during their game at TIAA Bank Field on September 23, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota has proven in the past that he can elevate his game. He showed some of that last NFL season with the Las Vegas Raiders.

He would be a reasonable player to invest in, although added work is needed. Questions are in the air on how he can elevate a team and his game, but an opportunity with the Patriots could turn out well.

Mitchell Trubisky Chicago Bears
Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears runs for a first down against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Mitchell Trubisky

Someone who could use a boost is Mitchell Trubisky. Despite getting picked at No. 2, the 26-year-old has hardly gotten the chance to prove what he is fully capable of.

Belichick could take a chance on him and see if he can unleash that potential that would be beneficial for both the Pats and Trubisky.

Will this be a gamble New England be willing to take?

Jacoby Brissett Indianapolis Colts
Jacoby Brissett of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass in the second quarter of a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sept. 17, 2017 in Indianapolis. Getty Images

Jacoby Brissett

If the Pats do pursue a young quarterback at the 2021 NFL Draft, Jacoby Brissett could make sense. He has shown that he can be effective as a starter with the Indianapolis Colts, owning a good arm to throw it better compared to Newton.

The opportunity could be fitting for the 28-year-old, but the Pats need to make sure they have a backup just in case something goes haywire.

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