Colts Add QB In Trade With Patriots

Posted September 03, 2017

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Brissett, 23, is coming off perhaps one of the greatest preseason performances by a quarterback in National Football League 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. The Patriots could use the receiver depth regardless, especially following the season-ending knee injury to veteran Julian Edelman. The Colts motivation is obviously spearheaded by the slower than expected recovery of their franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. In two seasons, he has just 51 receptions for 753 yards and three touchdowns, but had plenty of learning to do and was likely hurt by an offense that struggled to produce while Andrew Luck dealt with injuries. Brissett also carried the ball 16 times for 83 yards and one touchdown.

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Behind him is Jimmy Garoppolo, a young quarterback who was subject to trade rumors but not moved because the Patriots insist he's the future for the team. 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.

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Luck was activated off the PUP list on Saturday, but it was still nearly certain that the Colts would turn to Scott Tolzien as their opening-day starter. Dorsett never panned out the way the Colts had hoped, but the Colts coaching staff is not the Patriots coaching staff, by any stretch of the imagination. Coming on the heels of the acquisition of Cincinnati linebacker Marquis Flowers for similar duties, it indicated that the team was prepared to part company with some of their special-teams standbys while looking to upgrade.

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So even though Brissett looked strong as a rookie - and even led the Patriots to a 27-0 win over the Houston Texans in his first start - he's still not a player who matters much to the team. Brissett was selected by New England in the third round (91st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. The fourth preseason game, Brissett appeared to be playing for his job and responded accordingly. Third-year tight end James O'Shaughnessy, another product of a trade, was also released, and second year offensive lineman Ted Karras, who had showed versatility at guard and center, was also released but could return on the practice squad.