Brissett replaced Andrew Luck on the final play of Sunday's loss at Philadelphia. He threw a 60-yard Hail Mary pass that fell incomplete on his only pass attempt.
With the Colts needing a long Hail Mary to win the game, Brisset was used for his stronger arm. Luck is clearly the starting quarterback, but the move could be seen as the team still having some concern about Luck's shoulder after he missed all of last season. Notably, head coach Frank Reich said Brissett's usage was only because of his strong arm.
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.
|17||12/30/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|2016||New England Patriots||3||2||55||34||61.8||400||7.27||58||0||0||6/46||4||1||83.9|
|2016||New England Patriots||3||2||16||83||5.2||27||1||1||5|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||New England Patriots||3||3||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|