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 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-of-23), he did lead the Colts on two scoring drives that ended with 10 total points being scored. 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.
Colts owner Jim Irsay said the team would need a sizeable offer to trade Brissett. "All of a sudden, we have the best backup quarterback in football," Irsay told the Indianapolis Star. "I don't think we'd accept a (first-round pick in a trade) for him, we think he's that good."
With Andrew Luck looking set to begin the season as the starter in his return from a shoulder injury, Brissett may not see many snaps this season. He's a candidate to be traded as a result, but the Colts may not be so confident in Luck's health that they would trade Brissett for a non-significant return.
Brissett will take reps with the first team when Andrew Luck is sidelined, Kevin Bowen of ESPN reports.
Brissett started 15 games for the Colts last year while Luck missed time with a shoulder injury. Luck is back and is the clear starter this year, but Brissett should still get a good amount of work in during camp. Luck will get regular days off to rest his shoulder, and Brissett will pick up the first-team reps on those days.
The Colts turned down a pair of trade offers for Brissett, with general manager Chris Ballard hinting that he wants to retain the 24-year-old quarterback, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports. "He's committed, he's a great teammate, he's got juice, he holds people accountable, he holds himself accountable. I love Jacoby," Ballard said. "Jacoby Brissett is going to play in this league a long time. If I learned anything last year, it was the value of a backup quarterback who can get it done, and I think Jacoby can do that."
Brissett took a league-high 52 sacks and only won four of 15 starts last season, but his numbers were otherwise respectable for a second-year quarterback stuck in an undermanned offense. He completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 6.6 yards per attempt, with 17 total touchdowns (four rushing) and only 10 turnovers (seven INTs). A 2016 third-round pick, Brissett has two years remaining on his rookie contract at less than $1 million per season. The Colts expect Andrew Luck (shoulder) to be healthy for training camp, but they'd still need to be blown away to consider trading Brissett. The team likely would revise its stance next offseason if Luck were to make it through the 2018 campaign without any major injuries or setbacks.
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|5||10/4/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
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