Colts trade WR Phillip Dorsett to Patriots for QB Jacoby Brissett

Posted September 03, 2017

The Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots have become trade partners for the second time this year, as the Colts on Saturday sent wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to the Patriots in exchange for quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The Patriots lost wide receiver Julian Edelman and cornerback Cyrus Jones to torn ACLs in the past two preseason games, so their punt return needs were approaching code-red levels. But that might be more of a short-term risk if Luck returns to health. While it was encouraging that the Colts activated Luck off PUP and to the active roster Saturday, that doesn't indicate when he'll be ready for game action.

"Just being able to get behind you", McCourty said.

With current backup Scott Tolzien struggling all preseason, Indianapolis will roll the dice with Brissett.

The New England Patriots finally traded their backup quarterback.

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But to hear the Colts tell the story, they just pulled off the steal of the century. It really just depends if Brissett is actually good. He also rushed for a touchdown. For New England, Brissett was a movable piece.

The addition Dorsett - a 2015 first-round draft pick - addressed one of the few holes on offense for the defending Super Bowl champions, who have little turnaround time before hosting Kansas City in their regular-season opener on Thursday night. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder has appeared in 26 games with seven starts and totaled 51 receptions for 753 yards and three touchdowns.

It seemed as if Jacoby Brissett was going to be a New England Patriot for at least another year. The diminutive, yet risky wide receiver had some impressive plays in preseason and training camp, but fumbled three times during the team's preseason finale, which may have sealed his fate off the Colts roster. The Patriots' options to keep him would be an extension or even the unorthodox move of franchise tagging their backup-but if they believe that he's the unusual guy who could maintain success post-Brady, they'll find a way to make it work.