New England Patriots fans who came out to see the team play the Jacksonville Jaguars didn't get a chance to see QB Tom Brady. He was in uniform on the field but didn't participate as QB Brian Hoyer took his place.
Hoyer has some solid numbers through the first half hitting on 15-of-21 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown in the first half. With those numbers, I don't think Brady needed to play.
The Patriots lead the Jaguars, 19-9, at halftime in Gillette Stadium.
The other story line in this game is the play of QB Blaine Gabbert. He was the Jaguars first round pick in the 2011 NFL draft and, with QB David Garrard dinged up, Gabbert got the nod on Thursday night. He hasn't had the night Hoyer has but completed 9-of-16 passes for 85 yards and no touchdowns in the first half.