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Patriots surprised Colts with Jacoby Brissett for Phillip Dorsett offer

Lucy Burdge
September 04, 2017 - 1:09 pm

In his MMQB column on Monday, Peter King said the Colts did not know the Patriots were considering trading Jacoby Brissett until the team came to them with a trade offer for Phillip Dorsett on Friday:

“There was not a whisper of a rumor that the Pats would deal their No. 3 (but rising prospect) quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, this weekend, particularly with the absolutely unknown QB situation the Patriots have in 40-year-old Tom Brady and looming 2018 free agent Jimmy Garoppolo ahead of Brissett on the depth chart. And though Indy had talked to teams (Rams, Patriots, several others) this summer about trading the underachieving Dorsett — two years, 51 catches since taken as the 29th overall pick in 2015 — most around the league thought the Colts would get a mid-round pick, or a pick plus a swap of higher picks. So after the Patriots reached out, the Colts did their due diligence, watching tape of Brissett, especially liking his poise against a hard Houston rush in a September 2016 start. By noon Saturday the Colts had decided to do the deal.” 

King also said he does not believe the 25-year-old Dorsett will be the answer to the Patriots’ punt return issues. 

“I don’t expect Dorsett, who is not a good returner, to be in play as a punt returner,” he wrote. “If he plays Thursday night (against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1), I expect it to be in the regular offense, and I expect him to be used exclusively as a receiver this season.”

Dorsett joined New England for practice on Sunday.