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Colts go all-out with hyping Jacoby Brissett in press release announcing trade

Ryan Hannable
September 02, 2017 - 6:05 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots and Colts completed a trade Saturday as the Patriots sent third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Colts in exchange for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.

The two press releases describing Brissett were drastically different.

The Patriots' read: Brissett (pronounced briss-ETTE), 23, was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round (91st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder appeared in three games with two starts as a rookie and completed 34-of-55 pass attempts for 400 yards. He also rushed for 83 yards on 16 attempts, including a 27-yard touchdown run vs. Houston (9/23/16).

On the other hand, here was the Colts': Brissett was a third-round pick by the New England Patriots last year out of North Carolina State, where he finished his senior season in 2015 completing 237-of-395 (60 percent) of his passes for 2,662 yards with 20 touchdowns to six interceptions, while also running the ball 139 times for 370 yards with six scores.

Last year, in his rookie season with the Patriots, Brissett saw action in three games, starting two, and completed 34-of-55 passes (61.8 percent) for 400 yards, also running the ball for 83 yards and a touchdown, before he was placed on Injured Reserve on Oct. 7 with a designation to return. He was activated to the New England 53-man roster on Dec. 21, but was inactive for the team’s two final regular-season games, as well as its three playoff contests.

Brissett made his first NFL start on Sept. 22 against the Houston Texans, completing 11-of-19 passes for 103 yards and scoring his first-career touchdown on a 27-yard first-quarter run, as he led the Patriots to a 27-0 victory over the Colts’ AFC South Division rivals.

In his second and final start the following week, Brissett completed 17-of-27 passes for 205 yards in a 16-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

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.

The line that stands out is "coming off perhaps one of the greatest preseason performances by a quarterback in NFL history." The Patriots don't even list preseason stats, while the Colts take them to a new level.

This isn't much of a surprise given the Colts' history with hanging banners in their home stadium.