The Patriots dealt third-string quarterback and 2016 third-round pick Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for former first-round wideout Phillip Dorsett, the Colts announced. ESPN first reported the development.
The trade solves a major need for Indianapolis, a team struggling to find quarterback depth as it waits for answers on Andrew Luck’s surgically repaired shoulder. Brissett went 1-1 in two starts last year during Tom Brady’s suspension, throwing for 400 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He had an average passer rating of 83.9. As NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport mentioned, Brissett was “showcased” during New England’s final preseason game. Likely a stretch to make the roster, Belichick was looking to bolster Brissett and get something back for him in lieu of an outright cut.
When he hit free agency, his choice between the Chip Kelly-coached Eagles and Colts seemed like a difficult one. Kelly was still considered one of the NFL’s rising stars. The Colts had lost the conference title game a few months prior.
While his career is quickly nearing its end, there is still another chance to reach the postseason. The AFC South is as wide open as ever, with Luck’s surgically repaired shoulder remaining the biggest roadblock between mediocrity and a shot to make some noise in January. In that respect, Gore must be as curious about Luck as the rest of us.
Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters on Tuesday that corner Vontae Davis is dealing with a “significant” groin injury, per the Indy Star’s Zak Keefer. The two-time Pro Bowler is expected to miss multiple weeks. Davis won’t undergo surgery at this time.
Missing the physical corner for any amount of games is a massive blow to a Colts defense that couldn’t afford to lose its best veteran cover man. New GM Chris Ballard spent the offseason upgrading a thin defense, including adding first-round safety Malik Hooker. Indy remains woefully thin at corner, especially with second-round pick Quincy Wilson dealing with a knee issue.
In Indy, Jones should battle for backup snaps with rookie Marlon Mack behind the ageless Frank Gore. Mack received rave reviews during training camp and cheap jerseys and popped off a couple chunk runs in the preseason. Adding Jones to compete with the rookie, however, provides more potential depth for a team that could focus on the ground game early in the year.
Jones owns enticing speed and power combination. As a rookie he looked to be the future of the Redskins’ backfield before coaches soured on him after the string of fumbling flubs.
The Buffalo Bills traded former second-round pick Reggie Ragland to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick, both teams announced.
Buffalo announced that it signed quarterback Keith Wenning. Rookie QB Nathan Peterman is currently the only active quarterback on the roster, as Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates are both in concussion protocol. Wenning was drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft by the Baltimore Ravens, where Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison was then a quarterbacks coach.
Per The Indianapolis Star, Michael “went down” in Colts minicamp practice Wednesday. The team replaced Michael with former Jets and Seahawks tailback Troymaine Pope on the roster.
The short stop in Indianapolis marked Michael’s fifth home in the last few years. With stays in Seattle, Dallas, Washington and Green Bay, the hope in Indianapolis was Michael could finally reach the potential that earned him “awakening” praise from Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell last preseason.