3. Jacoby Brissett
Brissett saw some action (five starts, six games with significant action out of eight appearances thus far) for the Dolphins earlier this season when Tua Tagovailoa was out. The results were decidedly mediocre (160.4 passing yards per game, 62.7 percent completion rate, five touchdowns, four interceptions, 78.1 passer rating).
Though he has 37 NFL starts under his belt, it’s safe to say we haven’t really seen Brissett in an ideal situation. He was traded by the New England Patriots to the Indianapolis Colts late in the 2017 preseason, as Andrew Luck dealt with a shoulder injury that would ultimately cost him the entire season. Brissett started 15 games in a new offense he had to practically learn on the fly, with a roster lacking talent. He was sacked a league-high 52 times.
In 2019, Brissett was again pressed into starting duty on short notice for the Colts when Luck suddenly retired in late-August. He also played through a knee injury that season, missing just one game as he threw for over 2,900 yards with a 3:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio (18 touchdowns, six interceptions).
In many respects, Brissett is the ideal backup to have if you don’t want to put real pressure on your starter (hence why the Dolphins signed him to back up Tagovailoa). But he could put real pressure on Goff, if the Lions want to go that way.