Brissett, the Colts’ fourth-year quarterback, has gotten his golden opportunity, one that never comes to many backups. Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement two weeks ago elevated Brissett to starter, and the Colts are putting their full faith behind him. They rewarded Brissett with a new contract this past week, tearing up the final year of his rookie deal to give him a two-year, $30 million deal, with $20 million fully guaranteed. Colts general manager Chris Ballard believes Brissett is a top-20 quarterback, and proved it by increasing his pay from $2 million to $15 million for this season. “He’s our guy. We believe in Jacoby,” Colts coach Frank Reich said this past week. “Everything we’ve seen from Day 1 about the way he handles his business, about the way he performs, he’s our guy. And we wanted to make that statement going forward.” Brissett has a lot of people around the league rooting for him, but especially so in New … [Read more...] about Tom Brady thrilled that Jacoby Brissett gets his chance to shine
COMMENTARY Five takeaways from the Patriots’ highly regarded draft weekend, during which Bill Belichick seems to have started gearing up his team for another run at a Super Bowl title on top of potentially picking Tom Brady’s eventual heir… Is this the draft Pats fans have long been waiting for? You aren’t likely alone among Patriots fans if you finished watching the Bruins beat the Blue Jackets in overtime on Thursday night and opted to turn in rather than waiting up for pick No. 32 to come around down in Nashville. And you certainly couldn’t be blamed. After years of trading down and/or taking the best available trench warrior, Belichick has so conditioned New England’s fan base to expect the unsexy that it hardly seemed worth sacrificing slumber just to watch the commissioner douse any built anticipation by announcing a trade had been made before the final pick of the first round. Those same expectations would’ve been forgivable Friday … [Read more...] about 5 takeaways from the Patriots’ 2019 NFL Draft weekend
By Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle Published 3:25 pm CDT, Monday, March 11, 2019 PHOTOS: Contract situations for each Texans player during 2019 offseason HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Angelo Blackson #97 of the Houston Texans pressures Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts in the second half at NRG Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) >>>Browse through the gallery for a look at contract situations for each player during the 2019 offseason ... less PHOTOS: Contract situations for each Texans player during 2019 offseason HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Angelo Blackson #97 of the Houston Texans pressures Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts in the ... more Photo: Tim Warner/Getty Images Photo: Tim Warner/Getty Images … [Read more...] about Breaking down Texans DL Angelo Blackson’s $12 million deal
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots got through the preseason virtually unscathed before star receiver Julian Edelman suffered a season-ending knee injury a week before the final exhibition game. Without one of Tom Brady’s favorite options, coach Bill Belichick could have filled the roster spot with one of the rookies that had impressed the coaching staff during training camp. Instead he used the setback to go looking for a more experienced asset that could potentially provide help in multiple areas, trading third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to Indianapolis for receiver Phillip Dorsett — a 2015 first rounder. While Belichick has shown a willingness to carry three quarterbacks in the past, depth in the receiving group was of a greater priority at this point in the season than carrying extra insurance behind Brady. “If you want to get something you have to give up something,” Belichick said of the decision to let go of Brissett. Dorsett has been in … [Read more...] about New Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett eager to jump in after trade
As tempting as it is to issue broad declarations in the immediate aftermath of defeat — and I’ll plead guilty here if you will — perspective sometimes comes around a day or two later, when the frustration begins to fade. So this is what passes as my moment of Patriots clarity for today. It’s wise to avoid presuming anything with them right now, and I mean that in regard to all possible outcomes of this maddening but hardly lost season, good or bad. That includes eliminating them as a Super Bowl contender in this entertaining and unpredictable AFC; hey, if any coach can repair his team in a short time, it’s Bill Belichick, right? But . . . it also includes presuming certain outcomes in the final two games of the regular season against the Bills and Jets. There is more range in the Patriots’ potential outcomes the rest of this season than Ed Reed had in his heyday. Sure, the last few weeks have felt rather lousy, and that is an unfamiliar … [Read more...] about Should Patriots be worried about the Bills and Jets?