On Saturday, the Colts traded WR/PR Phillip Dorsett to the Patriots to acquire QB Jacoby Brissett. The trade for Brissett may not seem important to the casual sports fan, but for the Colts this trade could make or break the 2017 NFL season. While the Colts recently removed star QB Andrew Luck from the PUP list, he is still likely to miss multiple weeks while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Jacoby Brissett will undoubtedly surpass sloppy veteran Scott Tolzien once he has a chance to learn the playbook and I believe he will be the starter from Week 2 until Andrew Luck can return to 100%.
As a spot starter in New England, Brissett has been exceptional. In just two starts, he has completed 34 of his 55 pass attempts for 400 yards. While this is a small sample size, these stats show that he is ready and able to step in at a moment’s notice and perform at the level of an NFL quarterback. He also posted a QB rating of 83.9, very impressive for a rookie. As the starter through all four games of the preseason, Scott Tolzien was an embarrassment. In over a full game worth of snaps with the starting offense, he mustered just 13 points and only scored a touchdown by handing the ball off. Without Andrew Luck, the Colts need someone who can still make plays. Brissett has shown the ability to scramble when there’s no play in front of him, rushing 16 times for 83 yards and a TD in his two starts. Overall, Brissett has shown that he is capable of starting in the NFL and performing well.
The other side of this trade is the decision of the Colts to send Phillip Dorsett to New England. As the third receiver on the Colts depth chart, Dorsett was a disappointment. Between injuries and poor performance, one could somewhat sense that the Colts were growing impatient with the young receiver. This was made very clear when the Colts came out and told the public that they were shopping Phillip Dorsett to other teams, trying to find a potential trade. As one of Ryan Grigson’s first-round picks, Dorsett is no longer on roster. Of the 6 first-round picks Grigson had to work with, 2 of those players are still on the roster. Trading Dorsett was crucial to get some kind of value back for the wasted first-round pick.
The Colts know that Andrew Luck will miss several weeks of the regular season, and they’re desperate for better quarterback play. Watching Scott Tolzien in the preseason may have given them the final push to go and pursue a better number two option. With Jacoby Brissett at the helm, I truly believe that the Colts can perform well enough to squeak out some wins until Andrew Luck comes back. And who knows, maybe this QB scramble will be enough to show the Colts that they really do need to help their franchise QB.