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Bean: I still hate the Jacoby Brissett trade

Bean: I still hate the Jacoby Brissett trade

You don’t like the trade. I don’t either. Who knows if the guy will be a long-term starter, but he’s at least proven worthy of that shot. The Patriots didn’t get enough. 

This isn’t about Jimmy Garoppolo. I am, of course, still dwelling on the Jacoby Brissett trade. 

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I didn’t like it at the time. I’ve hated it more and more with each passing second. Brissett for Phillip Dorsett? On paper, it was moving your third quarterback for a former first-round pick* at a position of need. Yet so far the only payoff for the Patriots has been the roster spot created by not keeping a third quarterback. 

*STOP SAYING “FORMER FIRST-ROUND PICK.” I’m going to lose my mind over this one. Really I am. A player does not lose their draft status. I suppose they do when they die, but that’s because they’re pretty much a former everything they were before they died. Anyway, Phillip Dorsett is an alive person. When he was drafted, he *became* a first-round pick. Now he’s still that selection, the 29th overall in the 2015 draft. He *was* drafted. He *is* a first-round pick. That status as a first-round pick has not changed. 

I’ll tell you what has changed, though: the arrow in which that first-round promise was pointing. This isn’t the poo-on-Phillip-Dorsett hour. It’s just a reminder that Dorsett was still finding his way in the league (three receiving touchdowns on 51 receptions through two seasons) when the Pats acquired him. 

Since coming to New England, Dorsett has done very little. He’s got four catches on the season and just once since Week 3. The Patriots haven’t found much use for him, even with the injuries they’ve endured at the receiver position. 

Now, if Chris Hogan’s shoulder (which reportedly won’t need surgery) becomes an ongoing issue, that would probably mean more opportunity for Dorsett. So far, however, he hasn’t been much more than a spare part. 

And maybe a spare part is what the Patriots considered Brissett to be. Yet even if he was, he was a spare part at the most important position of the field. He’s started seven of the Colts’ eight games with Andrew Luck out and has been completely mediocre. Eight touchdowns, four picks, 19th in the league in passing yards. 

Moving Brissett allowed the Pats to keep someone like a Geneo Grissom, Cole Croston or Ted Karras on the roster. Fine. Whatever. But if they liked Brissett, a player on whom they’d spent a third-round pick in 2016 (see how I didn’t call him a “former third-rounder?”), they’d have kept him. 

And right now it’s looking like that should have been the move. Brissett has shown improvement in Indianapolis, which would run contrary to any concerns that he may have plateaued with the Pats. He certainly would have been a better longterm insurance policy behind Tom Brady once Garoppolo departed, which he now has. 

As we question Belichick the GM’s moves since the offseason, Stephon Gilmore and the handling of the tight end position get plenty of attention. The Jacoby Brissett trade doesn’t get as much as it should. 
 

Brady enjoying "unique experience" of road trip

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Brady enjoying "unique experience" of road trip

While being away from home isn’t uncommon for the Patriots - just think about all those Super Bowl trips - Tom Brady believes each excursion takes on its own feel, its own flavor and - eventually - its own meaning.

Back in 2014, the Pats went from playing in Green Bay and losing to the Packers straight to San Diego for a week on the West Coast prior to a rousing victory over the Chargers. That week, many players said in the aftermath, helped propel the team to great heights,.  You’ll recall, that season ended in grand fashion, a triumph in Super Bowl 49 over Seattle, at the time - and maybe still - the greatest Super Bowl ever played.

“I think all these experiences are pretty unique,” Brady said Friday from Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy. “That was a very unique experience. This is different.”

Brady spoke about the number of stops the Pats have and will have to make on this trip - from Denver to Colorado Springs then on to Mexico City Saturday before a Sunday night return to Foxboro and their own beds for the first time in 10 nights.

“When you’re on the road like this, there’s less to do,” he said. “You know my family is not here, my kids aren’t here. There’s nobody telling me what I did wrong in the house. It’s just being at home and now it’s being here and trying to figure out a way to win a game.”

Brady quickly smoothed over any possible ill-will at home - why make Gisele mad? - smiling and saying “I didn’t mean that so I’ll take it back.”

Kidding aside, the 40-year old signal caller seemed pleased with the work the Patriots have put in during this long trip. A week of team-bonding can’t be a bad thing, especially for a group that seems to be hitting it’s stride both on and off the field. There’s the five wins in a row and also a locker room that has a better understanding of one another than it did during the first month of the season. But Brady is not ready to make any grand proclamations. That just wouldn’t be his style.

“I think it’s still work in progress,” he said of team chemistry. “You look at still adding a player like Marty (Bennett) last week. Things are always changing and evolving. We’re still trying to figure out what we’re doing well and after 8 or 9 weeks, you start to figure those things out. Now we have to work hard at those things, try to really own them, and use them going forward to try and win the most important games. We have a lot of important games coming up, starting with this one. Hopefully we can play our best football going forward.”

Brady said he’s been fired up for this game with the Raiders south of the border ever since the schedule was released all those months ago.

“I’ve never been to Mexico City,” he said. “It’s been a game you kind of look forward to. We’re playing against a really good football team in a pretty cool environment. It will be very memorable. I think everyone is excited.”

Patriots’ injury report: Center Andrews, WR Hogan out

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Patriots’ injury report: Center Andrews, WR Hogan out

The Patriots will be without center David Andrews on Sunday when they play the Raiders in Mexico City. Andrews, who hasn’t all practice all week with an illness, is one of four Pats listed as out on the injury report released Friday.

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Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, who didn’t play last week against the Broncos is also out, along with wide receiver Chris Hogan and special teams captain Matthew Slater. Offensive linemen Ted Karras and Joe Thuney each took reps at center so one of them will likely start in Andrews’ absence. LaAdrian Waddle filled in for Cannon and performed well last week vs. Denver. 

Here’s the full injury report for the Patriots and Raiders: