Phillip Dorsett could see bigger opportunity this week

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Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett has played just over 19 percent of the Patriots’ offensive snaps this season, but that number could go up against the Broncos this Sunday.

Chris Hogan did not practice on Tuesday because of the shoulder injury he suffered in a Week Eight victory over the Chargers and Dorsett would bump up the depth chart a notch if he can’t go this week. The timing is better than it might have been earlier in the season as Dorsett has had time to learn the offense after coming over from the Colts and coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday that the team has already been giving him more to do.

“Yeah, Phil’s gotten better every week,” Belichick said in comments distributed by the team. “We’ve expanded his role and scope, things that he’s learning and areas that he’s responsible for every week. He’s a smart kid. He works hard. He’s making progress.”

Dorsett had three catches in Week Two and has not caught a pass since Week Four, so it would be an adjustment to suddenly be in a big role. Should he get it and handle it well, a bigger portfolio might remain in place once Hogan is back as well.

35 responses to “Phillip Dorsett could see bigger opportunity this week

  1. Brady has always struggled in Denver for some reason and the Broncos will be desperate. Patriots need to come ready to play Sunday!!! may be a closer game than what people think if the Broncos can get any production out of their quarterback!!

  2. stipez says:
    November 8, 2017 at 7:38 am
    I think Brisset would rather be back with the GOAT than running for his life in Indianapolis…
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    I am sure Brissett is happy to have a chance to play, and he has been doing pretty well considering the awful team and organization he is now with. Hopefully he remains healthy and will be able to move on to a professional NFL organization in a year or two.

  3. Another brutal trade by Beli-chooch!, he is a terrible g.m.

    They should have kept Brisset if they knew they were going to trade Jimmy G, i would rather have Brisset than Hoyer any day.

  4. Awful trade. once brady is done (which is soon) Hoyer is not better than brissett.

    Bad move by the hoodie

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    Decent move really. Pats wanted to keep Jimmy as the backup, and he is probably a better QB than Jacoby and is seen as a valuable starter. We kept Jimmy as long as possible in case Tommy got hurt. If Dorsett doesnt work out, so be it, but i can see him getting a major opportunity with Hogan probably for the next game or 2 while recovering from his AC Joint sprain.

  5. wib22 says:

    November 8, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Awful trade. once brady is done (which is soon) Hoyer is not better than brissett.

    Bad move by the hoodie

    Can you tell us when this will occur? Next week? End of this year? Next year?
    You and Max Kellerman need to get your stories straight.

    Brady has over 2,000 yards passing through eight games. He will soon be done with these kind of statistics

  6. crush22 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 6:56 am
    Colts scammed the Patsies* on that deal.
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    LOL. I love the smell of salt in the morning! Anyway, I like Brissett but Pats’ operate a modified, complex west-coast offense (which you clearly don’t understand otherwise you’d know why Brissett wasn’t a good fit. Whether or not Brissett has the timing or smarts to operate it is all moot because he just doesn’t have a quick release. As to the value of the trade: a trade isn’t just about player measurables but team need – Colts thin at QB but season is toast anyway whereas the Pats (very thin at wideout after losing 2 of 3) could still contend and thus getting a 1st rd WR for a 2nd backup QB (whose style isn’t the direction they want to go in) is a good trade. But it takes a long time to pick up the Pats’ system – look at Hogan, it took him much of last season to develop the good connection he now has with Brady. So keep taking the salt tablets – you’re gonna need them.

  7. crush22 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 6:56 am
    Colts scammed the Patsies* on that deal.
    Guess they need to say something to make it look like they didn’t get hosed.

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    Didn’t the Colts us a 1st round draft pick on this guy?

  8. nhpats says:
    November 8, 2017 at 8:27 am
    crush22 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 6:56 am
    Colts scammed the Patsies* on that deal.
    Guess they need to say something to make it look like they didn’t get hosed.

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    Didn’t the Colts us a 1st round draft pick on this guy?
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    Yes, the used a first round pick.
    Should have been a 4th.
    Thank you Grigson.

  9. wib22 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Awful trade. once brady is done (which is soon) Hoyer is not better than brissett.

    Bad move by the hoodie
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    you seriously believe that’s the plan that Hoyer is Brady’s replacement?

  10. Jacoby Brissett was not going to help NE win one game this year. If Dorsett makes a couple plays that helps NE win a game then this was a good trade for both teams.

  11. “Colts scammed the Pats”

    Um, it was the Pats that initiated the trade… Brisset wasn’t making the 53 with the other more pressing needs and would’ve been snatched before making it to the practice squad…

    And I know this might be confusing to a Donkey’s fan, your season is already over, but the real season is just beginning for the good teams.

    Have fun waiting around for the draft and crying on the boards…

  12. I love the people who are judging all of BBs moves in the middle of the season. Do you think he might know a little more about this stuff than we do? Sometimes it takes a few years for someone to gel with the team.

    I understand that you have to throw darts at the team that constantly wins.

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day, I guess.

  13. As a Colts fan I really wanted Dorsett to be something special. The kid can’t help when he was drafted and since day one he always seemed to give it his all, the colts just weren’t wise enough to use him properly. Hopefully Coach Bill can do it. Pretty fair trade between both teams and Jacoby has been fun to watch this year.

  14. crush22 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 6:56 am
    Colts scammed the Patsies* on that deal.
    Guess they need to say something to make it look like they didn’t get hosed.

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    Yeah, that was the strategy behind having Hogan take that hit was so that they could make an excuse for using Dosett.

  15. stucats says:
    November 8, 2017 at 8:00 am
    Another brutal trade by Beli-chooch!, he is a terrible g.m.

    They should have kept Brisset if they knew they were going to trade Jimmy G, i would rather have Brisset than Hoyer any day.

    Beli-chooch, Belicheat, Hoodie all good nicknames, How about: Worst 5x Super Bowl Champion GM,
    I know you beat him in Madden all the time but tell me another GM that has done better over a 17 years span with an average draft position of 29th! They have been to 7 SB and 10 AFCC games…in a system that is designed to stop such dominance!

  16. wib22 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 9:24 am

    At cheating? LMAO

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    Like a broken record … on every Pats article …

  17. stucats says:
    November 8, 2017 at 8:00 am
    Another brutal trade by Beli-chooch!, he is a terrible g.m.

    They should have kept Brisset if they knew they were going to trade Jimmy G, i would rather have Brisset than Hoyer any day.

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    Yes, the greatest GM of the cap era (not even close), and hence the greatest GM ever, is somehow a “terrible” GM.

    When we sit down on Super Bowl Sunday to watch our team in yet another Super Bowl, we’ll be sure to think of the stupidity of your comment.

  18. I know you beat him in Madden all the time but tell me another GM that has done better over a 17 years span with an average draft position of 29th
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    And a number 1 that was stolen by the league.

  19. churchofthehoody says:
    November 8, 2017 at 9:31 am
    “Colts scammed the Pats”

    Um, it was the Pats that initiated the trade… Brisset wasn’t making the 53 with the other more pressing needs and would’ve been snatched before making it to the practice squad…

    And I know this might be confusing to a Donkey’s fan, your season is already over, but the real season is just beginning for the good teams.

    Have fun waiting around for the draft and crying on the boards…

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    Exactly. The Pats got a free WR who was in one of the worst organizations in the NFL because they were about to cut Brissett.

    It’s hilarious that the pathetic little Colstie fanbase, however small that really is, somehow is trying to spin this as a win, as their Abraham Lincoln contest winner QB is about cooked after millions wasted on him.

    LOL

  20. Patriots are 6-2 with the best management in the league. Shea and Mitchel returning this year. Hogan will be back, Dorset now getting playoff time. Super Bowl run is starting to shape up. With a highbsrcond round pick in the pocket.

  21. Bill is being nice. Can’t get playing time in that wr corps is telling. Dude can’t play.

    And Pats fans don’t get your feathers ruffled. The only reason those wr’s are acceptable is because of Brady.

  22. cjb5671 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 10:38 am
    Bill is being nice. Can’t get playing time in that wr corps is telling. Dude can’t play.

    And Pats fans don’t get your feathers ruffled. The only reason those wr’s are acceptable is because of Brady.

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    Yes, when Cassel played in 2008 or when JimmyG played early last year, both were terrible at the QB position.

    LMAO

    The ONLY reason why Brady has become as great as he has in NE, is due to BB the coach and GM, with Kraft not meddling.

    If Brady was drafted by a mediocre or bad organization, or even a good one with a decent coach like, say, Pitt, he wouldn’t have been as great.

    The environment BB provides as GM and Coach has A LOT to do with certain players’ success level and what they accomplish.

    And, Brady knows that. If Matt Millen drafted Brady, no way he goes on to a HOF career with the Lions.

    75% of it is Brady himself, but a healthy 25% of it is BB and the Pats environment with a stable coaching staff and their cap era approach in teambuilding.

    Gee, I wonder why the ratings are down? Mediocre and bad teams EVERYWHERE. Not in NE, though. They will never be mediocre or bad.

  23. davehamgood says:
    November 8, 2017 at 10:29 am
    Patriots are 6-2 with the best management in the league. Shea and Mitchel returning this year. Hogan will be back, Dorset now getting playoff time. Super Bowl run is starting to shape up. With a highbsrcond round pick in the pocket.

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    McClellin is not coming back, unfortunately. Valentine and Mitchell? We’re not sure yet.

  24. thecape15 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 10:19 am
    I know you beat him in Madden all the time but tell me another GM that has done better over a 17 years span with an average draft position of 29th
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    And a number 1 that was stolen by the league.

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    And a 4th and another 1st back in 2008, which was the first framejob, Framegate I (“Spygate”).

    If i need to post the Bill Cowher interview again, I will.

    Goodell was hired to forcibly create these fake “scandals” when possible to frame, to try to weaken the Pats, with owners and GMs knowing how great BB is as a teambuilder in the cap era.

    It all makes sense now, doesn’t it? Tagliabue wasn’t in a coma from 2000-20005, he just wasn’t willing to cheat and lie, because he has morals and principle, unlike Roger Goodell.

  25. stucats says:
    November 8, 2017 at 8:00 am
    Another brutal trade by Belichick!, he is a terrible g.m.
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    Give the fact that Belichick is clearly the best NFL General Manager of the salary cap era, and arguably the best General Manager in NFL history, one shudders at the thought of how you feel about all other NFL General Managers.

    Does he always get it right? No.

    Did he get it right with Dorsett? We do not know yet.

    Does he get it right far more often than all other General Managers? With 11 AFC Championship game appearances in 16 seasons, 7 Super Bowl appearances, and 5 Super Bowl Championships, the answer to that last question is ‘Absolutely’.

  26. Bad move by the hoodie
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    All the gloom and doom here, just like every year. Let me help:

    1. press the red power button on the remote.
    2. select the channel for the Pats game.
    3. now that you’ve done the heavy lifting, let Belichick handle the rest.

    He’ll have them in it, won’t win every year, but more than anyone in history. And no one else knows a damn thing about running his football team.

  27. Tops 3 wide outs gone and an awol backup tight end, and facing a good defense desperate to win and save face, at home, in a place the Pats struggle in, with the Pats coming off a bye, where they often are out of sync. The lack of wide outs may cause Tom to hold the ball longer. Bad things can happen like that. I sure hope they get the run game untracked early in this one.

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