Taylor McCloud — Pats Militia
The Patriots’ three-man quarterback wolfpack has been cut down to two.
The Patriots are trading QB Jacoby Brissett to the Colts for WR Phillip Dorsett, league source tells ESPN.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 2, 2017
Just two days ago, Jacoby Brisett lit it up for the Patriots in their final preseason game, throwing for 341YD, 4TD and added another touchdown on the ground. It was a preseason performances for the ages. It was so good, in fact, that The Ringer labeled it the greatest preseason performance of all time.
However, the Patriots already have two quarterbacks capable of putting up those types of numbers in their sleep. Tom Brady is Tom Brady. Jimmy Garoppolo is looking like the team’s quarterback of the future. Despite his status as a fan favorite, Brissett was dispensable. Bill Belichick was going to ship him out if any team offered anything of value.
That brings me to Phillip Dorsett, the “anything of value” offered by the Colts for Jacoby Brissett.
This guy can fly. In 2015, at the NFL Draft Combine, Dorsett ran a 4.33 second 40-yard dash. For comparison’s sake, that’s the exact same time Brandin Cooks ran in 2014. Speed like that cannot be taught. Despite Dorsett’s shaky two years in Indianapolis, it makes him an absolute weapon on offense, and special teams.
Dorset can absolutely fly. He ran a 4.33 at the combine and returned punts in college at Miami.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 2, 2017
While I’m not Bill Belichick, nor an NFL insider, I’ve gotta believe special teams is the chief reason this trade happened. The second Cyrus Jones went down on Thursday night, a punt-returner sized hole was punched straight through the Patriots’ roster. Phillip Dorsett fills that hole.
He only returned two punts with the Colts, and only 25 at the University of Miami, but he’s practiced as a punt returner for a good chunk of his career. And, with a special-teams obsessed coach like Bill Belichick running the show, he’ll get more than enough reps back deep. That type of work, coupled with his blazing speed should make for a solid punt returner. That’s certainly subject to change, but right now, it seems like the most believable scenario.