Patriots acquire WR Phillip Dorsett from Colts

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The Colts obviously wanted Brissett because quarterback Andrew Luck is recovering from shoulder surgery and appears likely to miss time in the regular season.

The Colts are expected to take Luck off the physically unable to perform list prior to Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline for rosters to be cut to 53. The former Miami star struggled to break out in the Indianapolis offense, recording 753 yards and three touchdowns on 51 receptions in two seasons. He completed 28-of-39 passes for 340 yards, four touchdowns and an interception Thursday against the Giants, and he added four carries for 29 yards and a score. He also ran for 83 yards and a touchdown. That's 24 yards per catch, he was blwoing by defenders like a freaking cheetah.

The Patriots selected Brissett with the 91st overall pick in the third round of the 2016 draft out of North Carolina State. The Patriots could use the receiver depth regardless, especially following the season-ending knee injury to veteran Julian Edelman.

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Some of the younger players who were just released by the Colts could also resurface with the organization, only this time around on their 10-man practice squad which the team will be assembling in the immediate future. 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. He completed 34-of-55 passes for 400 yards. Last year, he accounted for a career high three sacks and one forced fumble and recovery. But he is not a returner and has no other value on special teams, so the acquisition of Dorsett probably sealed his fate.

Another surprising cut was running back D.J. Foster, who had shown plenty as a runner and has receiving roots, which could have served him well if the Patriots had not sorted out their receiving issues with the trade for Dorsett.

The Patriots kept four undrafted free agents, hanging onto tight end Jacob Hollister, defensive lineman Adam Butler, linebacker Harvey Langi, and offensive lineman Cole Croston.