Jacoby Brissett attempted four passes last year, and Fantasy managers loved it. His limited work meant Andrew Luck was healthy and effective as the Colts' starting quarterback. So long as Luck is fine, Brissett will stand on the sidelines and look cool when he signals in plays or sips sports drinks. Fantasy players shouldn't plan on drafting him to rosters.
Brissett worked with the starting offense throughout the offseason program and isn't likely to be traded, Kevin Bowen of ESPN 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports. A calf strain held Andrew Luck out of practice throughout the spring, allowing Brissett to take regular snaps with the first unit. The Colts presumably received some trade offers for the 26-year-old quarterback during the offseason, but coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard both have made it clear that they value Brissett, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. There hasn't been any suggestion that Luck's injury will still be an issue in late July, when training camp begins.
Brissett could be traded this offseason but the Colts' asking price is high, Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports. Brissett didn't see any meaningful action in 2018, playing just 18 snaps across four games. However, he started in 15 games in 2017 while Andrew Luck was injured and he impressed enough to garner interest from clubs in need of a starting quarterback in 2019. It's unclear exactly what the Colts' asking price is, but given Brissett's stat line of 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2017, it seems unlikely that another team would forfeit a top draft pick to bring him in. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Brissett will be a quality backup for the Colts in 2019 if the team doesn't trade him.
Brissett completed eight of 12 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown while playing two drives during Thursday's preseason game in Cincinnati. Brissett's first drive ended with a Robert Turbin fumble and the second ended with a two-yard touchdown pass to WR Zach Pascal. A high-end backup quarterback is more valuable on a team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, but the Colts have made it clear they'd need to be blown away by an offer to even consider trading the 24-year-old. The calculus might change next offseason when Brissett is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Brissett is expected to start Thursday's preseason game at Cincinnati, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports. Andrew Luck has received enough work in the first three games (32 pass attempts, five rushes) to not press his luck with a minor foot injury in tow. With Luck out of commission, Brissett will act as the starter in the Colts' exhibition finale, as he did 15 times last season. Entering the campaign as Luck's backup could lead Brissett to see the field this season, especially considering the former's injury woes the past few years.
Brissett threw for 172 yards and rushed for nine more in Monday's preseason loss to the Ravens. Brissett got most of the usage during Monday's outing, and while he failed to throw a touchdown pass and completed just 60 percent of his passes (14-for-23), he did lead the Colts on two scoring drives that culminated in 10 points. The Colts seem to have plenty of confidence in Brissett's ability as a backup quarterback with Andrew Luck set to make his return from a shoulder injury.
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