The Indianapolis Colts have traded their 2015 first round pick Phillip Dorsett to the New England Patriots for quarterback Jacoby Brissett per a source at ESPN. This is a very intriguing trade, and may be a telling sign of how the Colts feel about the health of Andrew Luck heading into the season.
Brissett was selected in the third round of the 2016 draft, and played in two games while Tom Brady was serving his four game suspension. In those games, Brissett threw for 400 yards, with an 83.9 quarterback rating. He did not throw a touchdown or interception. However, Brissett did just come off an amazing preseason performance against the New York Giants, where he went 28/39, amassing 341 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Dorsett on the other hand, never quite lived up to expectations in Indianapolis. In his two seasons with the team, he caught 51 passes, for 741 yards, and just 3 touchdowns. Injury issues seemed to only play part of the reason why Dorsett never excelled with the team. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski seemed to never quite utilize Dorsett’s skillset, so a change of scenery may benefit him.
The Colts have until 4:00 P.M Eastern time today to take Andrew Luck off the physically unable to perform list. If he is not by then, he will not play in a minimum of the first six games of the season. Trading for Brissett adds a solid insurance option to compete with Scott Tolzien for the starting job, and possibly help the Colts win some games while their star signal caller is out of the lineup.
UPDATE: The Colts included commentary on Brissett regarding his performance in Thursday’s preseason game for the Patriots.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Brissett, 24, is coming off perhaps one of the greatest preseason performances by a quarterback in NFL history on Thursday, as he completed 28-of-39 passes for 341 yards with four touchdowns and an interception — adding a rushing touchdown, as well — in the Patriots’ 40-38 loss to the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium.
It will be interesting to see what other moves are made at quarterback for Indianapolis as a result of this move. Will Brissett take over as Week 1 starter?