Published: Sun, September 03, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Patriots Trading QB Jacoby Brissett To Colts For WR Phillip Dorsett

Patriots Trading QB Jacoby Brissett To Colts For WR Phillip Dorsett

If Luck doesn't start for Indy in Week 2, it is a big break for the Cardinals, but perhaps now the Colts have a better chance with Brissett than with Scott Tolzien. After all, they went so far as to trade with the AFC rival Patriots, and send New England another talented offensive player. Brissett had a huge game in the preseason finale against the New York Giants, throwing for 341 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

New England's trade with the Colts fills needs for both teams.

Dorsett, meanwhile, was selected 29th overall by the Colts in the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami, where he became one of the top deep targets in college football over his last two years with the Hurricanes.

The Patriots parted with a young quarterback, and added a young receiver, defensive end and cornerback to help set their 53-man roster for the start of the regular season.

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Dorsett, 24, is entering his third professional season and in his two years with the Colts caught 51 passes for 753 total yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots could use the receiver depth regardless, especially following the season-ending knee injury to veteran Julian Edelman. Based on how well Brissett played Thursday, it seemed like he was trending toward being a nice low-priced backup for the Patriots in 2018. The Colts have been overly secretive about Luck's progress from shoulder surgery.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: Phillip Dorsett #15 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after catching a 50 yard pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on December 18, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

It seemed as if Jacoby Brissett was going to be a New England Patriot for at least another year.

Another surprising cut was running back D.J. Foster, who had shown plenty as a runner and has receiving roots, which could have served him well if the Patriots had not sorted out their receiving issues with the trade for Dorsett.

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