Colts Add QB In Trade With Patriots
With just one week before the start of the NFL regular season, the Colts make a move to improve their quarterback depth. Indianapolis traded former first round pick wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to the New England Patriots, in exchange for quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
With Andrew Luck expected to be out for at least one game, It's obvious that Colts GM Chris Ballard wasn't comfortable with the team's current quarterbacks. Veteran backup Scott Tolzien and off-and-on practice squad youngster Stephen Morris shared reps this preseason, but their play wasn't enough to keep GM Ballard from looking for more competition at the position.
So, could Brissett make his way into the starting lineup for the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams? It's possible, but unlikely. From how the Colts usually operate, expect Tolzien to start next Sunday, while Brissett gets comfortable with the playbook and new environment. If Tolzien struggles in LA, don't be surprised if Brissett is put under center for the Week 2 home opener against the Arizona Cardinals -- if Andrew Luck is still ruled out.
Jacoby Brissett was a third round pick in the 2016 draft by the Patriots. He started two games for New England last season after Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a shoulder injury (Garoppolo was filling in for Tom Brady, who was suspended following Deflategate).