Patriots trade Jacoby Brissett to Colts for Phillip Dorsett
The Patriots have traded third-string QB Jacoby Brissett to the Colts for former first-round wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, per multiple sources. Field Yates broke the news on Twitter, while NFL Networks' Tom Pelissero soon corroborated:
The Patriots are trading QB Jacoby Brissett to the Colts for WR Phillip Dorsett, league source tells ESPN.
Dorsett is known for his speed--he ran a 4.25 40-yard dash at his 2015 pro day--but he never became the deep threat the Colts were hoping for. While he put up 528 yards on only 33 catches last year, the Colts had him on the trading block for weeks before today. Brissett, on the other hand, was figured a lock to make the Pats roster right up until the announcement of the deal. He absolutely shredded the Giants in the final preseason game, throwing for 341 yards and scoring five total touchdowns, but was buried on the depth chart behind Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Early reactions to the trade are positive for the Pats. They traded away a third-stringer and got a former first-round contributor with blazing speed to replace their injuries at wide receiver. With Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, and now Dorsett, this is shaping up to be a most vertically-oriented Pats offense we've seen in years.