Pony Exchange: The Impact of the Phillip Dorsett Trade

Pony Exchange: The Impact of the Phillip Dorsett Trade

The Patriots have executed two trades in as many days with the Seahawks, but you can think of it as one clean-and-tidy deal.

Probably New England's biggest move Saturday was trading third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for receiver Phillip Dorsett.

The Jacoby Brissett trade was initially shocking, as many trades are, but it makes sense.

Overall, the Colts need help at Quarterback with Andrew Luck's uncertain help and they can certainly spare to lose a WR.

With receiver Julian Edelman out for the season with an ACL tear, Dorsett is another toy for Tom Brady to play with in the receiving corps. The diminutive, yet unsafe wide receiver had some impressive plays in preseason and training camp, but fumbled three times during the team's preseason finale, which may have sealed his fate off the Colts roster.

However, just because this is how the roster currently stands, doesn't mean it'll be like this by the same time tomorrow, as the Colts will presumably be looking to claim other teams' players who are now on waivers. However, when the Patriots acquire someone, there's always a good reason. His skillset was also on display in New England's final preseason game against the New York Giants, when he threw for four touchdowns and ran for another.

The Patriots sent undisclosed draft picks to Seattle for defensive end Cassius Marsh, and traded another draft pick to Detroit for cornerback Johnson Bademosi. From how the Colts usually operate, expect Tolzien to start next Sunday, while Brissett gets comfortable with the playbook and new environment. The majority of players on the field were backups, but the 24-year-old still experienced a number of high-pressure situations in a contest that went down to the wire.

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

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