Patriots Trading QB Jacoby Brissett To Colts For WR Phillip Dorsett

Patriots Trading QB Jacoby Brissett To Colts For WR Phillip Dorsett

On Saturday, the Patriots sent second-year quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, both teams announced.

Now, it's worth pointing out that Brissett did okay previous year when pressed into emergency duties for the Patriots.

Dorsett can absolutely fly.

Dorsett, 23, was originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round (29th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. It's hard to see where Dorsett will get any playing time, especially considering he has been disappointing with the Colts.

The Patriots, however, won't have to gameplan for Brissett - not this year at least.

Despite Brissett's 341-yard passing performance against the Giants, speculation was still high that he might not make the 53-man roster because Belichick's most recent Patriots teams have rarely carried more than two under normal circumstances, and the staff is convinced that Jimmy Garoppolo is the answer if any problems befall 40-year-old Tom Brady.

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If the Patriots' third-string quarterback can step in and immediately topple Tolzien for the starting role, it's an indictment on the decision-making of the Colts brass who allowed the situation under center to remain so poor throughout the training camp. The Colts are not on the Patriots' regular season schedule. Given the NFL's grave shortage of competent quarterbacks, the possibility of inquiring teams was always in the back of their minds. He appeared in three games total and completed 34 of 55 passes for 400 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions for the season.

Dorsett's speed will be more than welcome in the Patriots' wide receiving corps along with Brandin Cooks. Dorsett, at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, has been a slot receiver, too.

Andrew Luck's status for Week 1 is uncertain as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

Brissett's intangibles were widely viewed as impressive by several in the Patriots' organization.

For the Colts, it casts doubts about QB Andrew Luck's health and when he might be ready to return to the field.

Considering the Patriots' immediate needs on a roster that had minimal question marks, it was worth the risk to trim down the talent at one spot to add security at another.

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