Dorsett was forced out of Sunday's game against the Saints with a knee injury.
Prior to his exit, Dorsett ran once for seven yards and caught three passes for 68 yards. In addition to Dorsett, TE Rob Gronkowski left the game with a groin injury and versatile RB Rex Burkhead suffered a rib injury. With Danny Amendola having been inactive Sunday due to a concussion and Julian Edelman on IR, there will be plenty to sift through on the injury front next week, when it comes to components of the Patriots' passing attack.
In the process, Dorsett was targeted once. Looking ahead, Dorsett's workload could potentially expand in Week 2, should Danny Amendola's head injury force him to miss time. In such a scenario, Dorsett would still be behind Chris Hogan and Brandin Cooks in the team's wideout pecking order, but additional snaps could lead to an opportunity for Dorsett to parlay his speed into some big plays for the Patriots. In any case, it's clear that he could factor in sooner rather than later, now that both Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell are on IR.
Given that he was just recently acquired, Dorsett may not see abundant targets Thursday night against the Chiefs, but he's now part of the team's core wideout group, which also includes listed starters Chris Hogan and Brandin Cooks, along with slot man Danny Amendola. In the long run, Dorsett's profile in the offense could expand once he's mastered the Patriots' playbook, and in the event of further injuries.
Dorsett may not be active for Thursday's regular-season opener against the Chiefs, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.
Acquired in a trade over the weekend, Dorsett will start his Patriots tenure behind Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) on the depth chart. It won't be easy to climb any higher than the No. 5 spot, considering Mitchell and Amendola were both useful contributors in a high-powered offense last season. The Patriots may view the speedy 2015 first-round pick as nothing more than an occasional deep threat who still needs time to develop.
A 2015 first-round pick, Dorsett didn't contribute much in his first two seasons and seemingly was destined for the fourth or fifth spot on the wideout depth chart in Indianapolis. He won't be any higher in New England, where Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell provide solid depth even with Julian Edelman (knee) out for the season. The other side of the trade is more interesting, as the Colts might consider starting Brissett under center if Andrew Luck (shoulder) isn't ready for the early part of the season.
|5||10/5/17||@ TB||8:25 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ DEN||8:30 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|14||12/11/17||@ MIA||8:30 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ PIT||4:25 pm|
|2017||New England Patriots||2||0||3||68||22.7||38||0||2||0||2|
|2017||New England Patriots||2||0||1||7||7.0||7||0||0||0|
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