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Andrew Luck retires, former Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett to start for Colts

Andrew Luck retires, former Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett to start for Colts

On Saturday night, the NFL world was turned upside down when news broke that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Twitter that Luck, 29, has decided to retire and that a press conference to announce his decision would be held on Sunday.

Luck led the Colts to playoffs last season and threw for 4,593 yards, 39 TDs, and 15 interceptions during the regular season. He had missed all of the 2017 season dealing with complications from a shoulder injury. And now, after dealing with a calf injury, he has decided to walk away from the NFL.

In the wake of Luck's surprising decision to retire, Indy's status as an ascending team in the AFC will now be put on hold. That will make the Patriots' path back to the Super Bowl just a bit clearer.

There also is another connection to New England that comes from the fallout of Luck's decision. Jacoby Brissett will be the starting quarterback for the Colts. Brissett, of course, was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft before being traded to the team ahead of the 2017 season in exchange for Phillip Dorsett. Brissett served as the starter for the Colts during that season and completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.

Brissett will now get a chance to show that he has grown since that 2017 campaign. He also is set to hit free agency following the season, so this will be his chance to prove that he's worthy of being a franchise quarterback.

Brissett will be one of two starting quarterbacks in the NFL that backed up Tom Brady to start his career. The other is Jimmy Garoppolo, who is going to start for the San Francisco 49ers after recovering from a torn ACL last season.

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NFL Rumors: Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers

NFL Rumors: Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers

The Miami Dolphins have reportedly traded Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers, ending any chance the Patriots had to secure their division rival's young star. 

The Steelers will send their 2020 first round pick to the Dolphins for Fitzpatrick, giving Miami three first round picks and six total selections in the first three rounds of the upcoming draft.

Fitzpatrick, a versatile safety with experience playing both safety spots along with slot and outside corner, will help a Steelers secondary that was completely obliterated by the Patriots in Week 1. Ben Roethlisberger is out for the rest of the season, so it will be up to Mason Rudolph to lead the Steeler offense after their defense gets a major upgrade. 

This also takes a potential trade off the table for the Patriots. Our own Phil Perry outlined why it would have made a ton of sense for the Patriots to try and pry Fitzpatrick away from Miami, but it appears the Dolphins will deal their first round selection from 2018 to one of New England's rivals. 

Jalen Ramsey requested a trade from the Jaguars on Monday, so if the Patriots are willing to give up a first round pick for some help in the secondary, there's still an elite option out there. However, New England's corner group has been exceptional during the first two weeks of 2019. 

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New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian injured on Monday Night Football

New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian injured on Monday Night Football

The New York Jets are playing the New England Patriots in Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season. And ahead of that game, it looks like they could be down their top two quarterbacks.

The Jets were already without their starting quarterback Sam Darnold as the second-year passer battles mono. But against the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football, they may have lost their backup quarterback too.

In the second quarter of the game, Trevor Siemian was hurt after taking a hit from Myles Garrett. On the play, Siemian bent over backward awkwardly and appeared to injure his ankle in the process. While he was able to hobble off the field, he went to the locker room almost immediately. He was a woeful 3 of 6 for just 3 passing yards while being sacked twice before the injury knocked him out. 

If Siemian can't play in Week 3 against the Patriots, they will be still be licking their chops as they look at the resume of his backup. Siemian was replaced by third-string quarterback Luke Falk who has been on three different teams (Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, Jets) since being a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He hadn't played an NFL snap before entering Monday night's game.

While the Patriots were likely looking forward to facing Siemian, they'll hardly complain if given a chance to face Falk in what could be his first NFL start. Their defense has been stellar to start the season, so they shouldn't have much of a problem containing a Falk-led Jets attack.

Perhaps they'll be able to build on their historic start to the season as they look to start the season 3-0 with two divisional victories.

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