Coach Frank Reich suggested Tuesday that Brissett could play a handful of snaps per game to take advantage of his mobility, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Brissett isn't exactly fleet of foot, but he does move around much better than breathing statue Philip Rivers, potentially making the 27-year-old useful for certain option concepts. The Colts reportedly intend to keep the former as a backup to the latter, making Brissett the highest-paid No. 2 QB in the league as he enters the second season of a two-year, $30 million contract. It is possible the team alters course before Week 1, considering Brissett's release would free up nearly $9 million in cap space (per overthecap.com), and a trade could clear out even more room. Either way, Rivers is ticketed for the Week 1 start.
The Colts intend to keep Brissett on the roster in 2020, despite the team's recent signing of Philip Rivers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Brissett was awarded a two-year, $30 million extension last September, an indication the Colts at least viewed him as a capable bridge option following the surprise retirement of Andrew Luck. The signal-caller got off to a strong start to the 2019 campaign but saw his production tail off down the stretch, finishing with an 18:6 TD:INT, 6.6 yards per attempt and a 60.9 percent completion rate across 15 games. The Colts' decision to hand Rivers a one-year, $25 million contract in free agency signals that he's the starter entering 2020, but the organization still apparently views Brissett as a valuable insurance option for the 38-year-old. Brissett will take home $7 million guaranteed if he remains on the roster through the end of Sunday, so if no trade is executed before then, the 27-year-old should stick with Indianapolis all season.
General manager Chris Ballard said "the jury is still out" on Brissett, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports. "Jacoby did some good things," Ballard said Thursday. "But our passing game has to improve. The jury is still out. That's why we did the short-term deal we did."
Ballard did add a slightly more favorable comment: "Right now, I'll say Jacoby is our starting quarterback." Of course, it could be argued that 'right now' is the crucial part of the quote, with the implication that the Colts will try to find an upgrade. Brissett led the team to a 5-2 start while averaging two touchdown passes per game, but the season began to unravel when he suffered a knee injury Week 9 in Pittsburgh. He only missed one game, but his performance over the final two months was subpar, with the 27-year-old completing 56.4 percent of passes for 6.1 yards per attempt and four touchdowns in seven games (2-5 record). Brissett is signed through 2020 on a one-year extension with a $21.5 million cap hit, including $5.5 million that has already been paid and another $7 million that's guaranteed, per overthecap.com. The Colts have more than enough cap space to bring in veteran competition, and they also have a nice haul of 2020 draft picks in the early rounds (Nos. 13, 34, 44, 75).
Brissett completed 12 of 25 pass attempts for 162 yards while also rushing four times for 17 yards in Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Jaguars.
Brissett's late-season slide hit rock bottom after the signal-caller fell below a 50 percent completion rate for the first time in a game this season. The 26-year-old was looking like an adequate replacement for Andrew Luck (retirement) after a strong first half of the season when he posted a 64.5 completion rate, 1,590 passing yards and a 14:3 TD:INT ratio through the first seven games of the campaign. The league must have figured him out in the second half of the campaign, however, as he struggled to the tune of a 56.9 completion percentage, 1,352 yards and a 4:3 TD:INT ratio over his final eight games. The Colts extended Brissett through the 2020 season, so he should get a chance to redeem himself if the team doesn't pursue another option this upcoming offseason.
Brissett completed 14 of 27 passes for 119 yards during Sunday's 38-6 win over the Panthers. He added 37 yards and a touchdown on three carries.
Brissett was held under 200 yards passing for the fourth time in his last six games. He has thrown just four touchdowns during that span. Without much traction in the passing game, Brissett relied on his legs to make a few big plays, scoring the Colts' first touchdown on a first-quarter sneak and then converting a third down with a big 24-yard run in the second quarter to set up Indianapolis' third touchdown. The season concludes next Sunday versus a Jaguars team against which Brissett threw for 148 yards and compiled two total touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in a Week 11 win.
Brissett completed 18 of 34 passes for 165 yards in Monday night's 34-7 loss to the Saints.
Brissett endured a lackluster showing, not leading the Colts to any points until their final offensive drive of the game. The signal-caller's 4.9 yards per attempt marked a season low, and Brissett has now thrown for under 175 yards in three of his last five outings. He's also managed just four passing touchdowns versus three interceptions over that span, and although top wideout T.Y. Hilton was missing most of that time, Brissett's stock has taken a hit ahead of Week 16's matchup against the Panthers.
Brissett completed 19 of 36 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns while adding 26 yards on four carries in Sunday's 38-35 loss to Tampa Bay.
Brissett was inefficient against the vulnerable Buccaneers secondary, but he found Marcus Johnson for a 46-yard touchdown just 2:15 into the game and added a 12-yard touchdown to Zach Pascal in the third quarter. He has a tidy 18:6 TD:INT this season, but that ratio is 4:3 over his past six games. The quarterback's second-half decline has coincided with his team's drop in the standings, as the Colts have lost five of their last six to fall to 6-7.
Brissett completed 25 of his 40 pass attempts for 319 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the team's Week 13 loss to the Titans.
Brissett opened the game on a positive note, completing his first five passes, highlighted by a 21-yard touchdown toss to Jack Doyle. That efficiency continued for much of the first half, as he was 10-for-14 with 132 yards and a touchdown through two quarters. However, he threw two key interceptions in the second half, which directly led to 10 points for the Titans. Despite the mistakes, Brissett averaged 8.0 yards per attempt for the first time in his last three contests and also surpassed 300 passing yards for the first time since Week 3. He'll have another chance to lead the team to a win in Week 14 in a positive matchup against the Buccaneers.
Brissett completed 16 of 25 passes for 129 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and rushed four times for 20 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' 20-17 loss to the Texans on Thursday.
Brissett's final passing line says it all as far as how lackluster the air attack was Thursday, even with the return to action of T.Y. Hilton (calf). The fourth-year quarterback's passing yardage total served as a season low for him in a non-injury-shortened game, and it was his second straight sub-200-yard effort overall while playing all four quarters. Hilton was on a snap limit of sorts Thursday -- which certainly didn't help Brissett overall -- but he also failed to connect with two of his other wideouts, Marcus Johnson and Zach Pascal. Brissett did manage his third rushing touchdown of the campaign with a five-yard score in the latter portion of the second quarter, but he'll look to significantly boost his passing production at the expense of the Titans in Week 13.
Brissett completed 15 of 24 pass attempts for 148 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the team's Week 11 win over the Jaguars. He also added two rushes for 12 yards and a touchdown.
Brissett didn't put up a massive statistical performance, but he capped two key drives in the third quarter by finding the end zone. The first came on the team's initial drive of the second half, when he completed a one-yard pass to Marcus Johnson. On the second drive, he found the end zone on his own with a five-yard rush. Brissett didn't showcase his typical efficiency after missing last week's contest against the Dolphins -- he averaged only 6.2 yards per attempt -- though he should be in for a better matchup in Week 12 against the Texans on Thursday.
Coach Frank Reich confirmed Brissett (knee) will start Sunday against Jacksonville, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.
Reich noted that Brissett made it through practice this week without any major issues, enabling the signal-caller to return after a one-game absence due to sprained MCL in his left knee. While Brissett will return under center, he'll be without top target T.Y. Hilton (calf), who has been ruled out another game.
Brissett (knee) will be a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
Coach Frank Reich verified Wednesday that he expects Brissett to draw the start during Sunday's game against the Jaguars, barring any setbacks. With No. 2 quarterback Brian Hoyer coming off a three-interception performance in the Week 10 loss to the Dolphins, Brissett's return to the starting lineup would offer Indianapolis' offense a well-timed chance to get back on track.
Brissett (knee) could have his availability for Week 11 determined by Wednesday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports. "If he's practicing on Wednesday and taking a full practice, you know, at that point we'll say we're ready to go," coach Frank Reich said Monday.
Despite practicing in a limited capacity last week, Brissett was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins due to a left MCL sprain suffered one week prior. As intimated by Reich, Brissett's upcoming availability likely depends on his activity level at Wednesday's practice. Consequently, how he's listed on the ensuing injury report could offer a hint at Reich's eventual decision. If Brissett begins to trend toward another absence, veteran Brian Hoyer is available for another start.
Brissett (knee) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Brian Hoyer will start at QB in Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET contest. Chad Kelly was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad.
Brissett (knee) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Brissett was limited in practice all three days this week, which is encouraging, but George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin relays that coach Frank Reich acknowledged Friday with regard to the QB's Week 10 status that "we've got to make the right decision, for him and the team." If the Colts choose to play it safe with Brissett this weekend, Brian Hoyer would be in line to start at QB in Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET contest.
Brissett (knee) was present for Friday's practice, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.
Brissett already has back-to-back limited sessions to his credit this week, and his presence on the field Friday is a positive indicator with regard to his availability for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Coach Frank Reich is slated address the media after practice, at which point there will hopefully be a concrete answer with regard to the QB's Week 10 status.
Brissett (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Brissett, who is bouncing back from a sprained MCL, has encouragingly logged back-to-back limited sessions, but his status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins has yet to be solidified. Friday's practice will thus be a pivotal one for Brissett, but if he's ultimately deemed unable to go this weekend, Brian Hoyer would be in line to fill in at QB for the Colts.
Brissett (knee) practiced again Thursday, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
The QB logged a limited practice Wednesday and the fact that he took the field again Thursday indicates that he avoided any setbacks. We'll have to see how the Colts end up officially listing Brissett's participation level, but his presence for back-to-back sessions bodes well for his chances of playing Sunday against the Dolphins.
Brissett (knee) will be a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
According to Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, coach Frank Reich called Brissett "day-to-day," leaving the Colts hopeful their starting quarterback will be ready to play this weekend versus the Dolphins. The 26-year-old was forced out of Sunday's 26-24 win over the Steelers due to a sprained MCL, but his ability to practice in any fashion three days later bodes well for his chances of avoiding any missed time. Of course, the Colts will continue to wait and see how Brissett responds to a week's worth of practices before making an official decision on his availability. Veteran signal-caller Brian Hoyer would be called upon to start in the event Brissett sits out Sunday.
Brissett (knee) indicated Tuesday that he's feeling better since exiting Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Steelers with a sprained MCL and remains optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 10 versus the Dolphins, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
Brissett was unwilling to make any definitive claims regarding his status for the Colts' first practice of the week Wednesday, much less Sunday's game, but his positive outlook regarding the injury at least provides some early hope that he'll avoid missing time. If he's ultimately unable to go, veteran Brian Hoyer would receive the starting nod at quarterback.
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