Phillip Dorsett not worrying about Antonio Brown addition following career game

Ryan Hannable
September 09, 2019 - 8:10 am
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FOXBOROUGH -- Sunday was a huge night for Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.

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The 26-year-old finished with four catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns in the 33-3 win over the Steelers. Dorsett continued his regular-season streak of catching the last 20 passes thrown his way dating back to last season. 

Last year, the majority of those catches weren't for a ton of yards, but things were different Sunday. His first touchdown catch went for 25 yards and second 58 yards.

With that being said, even with the massive performance, Dorsett appears to be moving a peg down the depth chart with Antonio Brown being added to the roster on Monday. A similar thing happened last year when Josh Gordon was added following Week 2 of the season and Dorsett was playing a major role with Julian Edelman suspended the first four games.

“At the end of the day, this is a team,” Dorsett said. “We know he’s coming in. We have great camaraderie in the room, and we look forward to adding him to it. We know what he is. We know he’s a hard worker. And we know what we’re going to get. So, we just have to get him up to speed, and I feel like it could be great for us.” 

It has to be somewhat frustrating, right?

“I can’t really focus on that,” Dorsett said. “I focus on my job, and that’s going out there and just getting better every day. I feel like it’s paying off. I can’t worry about things I can’t control. So, I just come out here every day and work, and I work and I work and I grind. That’s all I worry about.” 

Given everything that has taken place over the last year, Dorsett has shown he can be the ultimate team-first player.

“I think it was a good opener not just for me but for the whole team and our confidence," Dorsett said. "I think we played well as a unit both on offense and defense. There is still some stuff that we have to clean up but nothing is perfect and at the end of the day I am glad that we got the win.”

With Brown now in the picture, it seems like he will be the No. 4/5 receiver with Edelman, Brown, Gordon and potentially Demaryius Thomas being ahead of him on the depth chart. 

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