Colts' Trade for Jacoby Brissett Increases Speculation Surrounding Andrew Luck's Injury

Colts' Trade for Jacoby Brissett Increases Speculation Surrounding Andrew Luck's Injury

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was never in danger of being released, but the Patriots knew he'd have some value on the trade market.

In New England, Dorsett will be primed for a breakout season.

Saturday's trade represents the second between the Colts and Patriots in about a six-month span.

Dorsett, a 2015 first-round pick by former Colts GM Ryan Grigson, adds another burner to New England's offense, along with receiver Brandin Cooks.

There have been many National Football League trades this preseason, and most are roughly the same: a player who was on the roster bubble being shipped for a mid- or late-round pick.

Why would the Colts make the trade? In the first months after Chris Ballard was hired he parted ways with Dwayne Allen, Patrick Robinson, D'Qwell Jackson and allowed plenty of other Grigson acquistions to walk in free agency. Look for Dorsett to line up in the slot mostly though since he has the speed to cause the defense to keep an eye on the middle of the field.

Dorsett also figures to be a depth option at the receiver position. For months, the team has kept quiet about the recovery of Andrew Luck and Jim Irsay suggested Friday that the problem is in Luck's head. The deadline for Luck to be removed from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to start the season is Saturday.

Whoever does establish himself as Luck's backup could well start for the Colts in their season opener at the Rams.

On paper, a trade involving a third-string quarterback during cut-down weekend might seem to be a minor transaction. The fourth preseason game, Brissett appeared to be playing for his job and responded accordingly.

If the team needs to turn to a backup late in the season or in 2018, the move to acquire Brissett could be a valuable one.

Could Brissett really start Week 1?

Brissett was a third-round pick by the New England Patriots previous 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.

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