Patriots Trade QB Brissett To Indianapolis For WR Dorsett

Rosalie Stanley
September 3, 2017

In New England's preseason finale against the New York Giants on August 31, Brissett piled up 341 yards on 28-of-39 passing, four touchdowns and one interception in New England's 40-38 loss.

New England needed more depth at wide receiver after Julian Edelman suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions on August 25. If Andrew Luck can't play Week 1 and beyond, Tolzien would have been their starter. Brissett also carried the ball 16 times for 83 yards and one touchdown.

Dorsett was sent to the Patriots for backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett. He did not play in the team's first game against the Detroit Lions or its final preseason contest on Thursday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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. From how the Colts usually operate, expect Tolzien to start next Sunday, while Brissett gets comfortable with the playbook and new environment. The Colts are not on the Patriots' regular season schedule. But he was also playing against a ton of backups, and backups to backups. It would be uncharacteristic of the Patriots to trade a player like Brissett for someone they did not think would give them a better return; and have that return fail. "A first-round draft pick". He has 51 career receptions, three of them for touchdowns, in his career. And - surprise! - he's seen as another potential core special-teamer.

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A talent like that might easily be in line for a practice-squad position, but Carr may have actually showed too much receiving ability to clear waivers.

If Dorsett can pick up the offense, the Patriots will have an incredible amount of speed on the field at once on packages with Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan.

Among the veteran players to be shipped out was linebacker Jonathan Freeny, who played in the last preseason game and didn't look very good in the process, having fallen behind early in camp because of injuries.

Receiver Julian Edelman, cornerback Cyrus Jones, and third-round draft pick Derek Rivers were all placed in injured reserve.

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