Arguably the most surprising though was making a trade with the Indianapolis Colts involving third string quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, and former first round draft pick, wideout Phillip Dorsett. The Colts have been overly secretive about Luck's progress from shoulder surgery. But the Colts still resisted the temptation of adding another veteran player to push backup QB Scott Tolzien in the offseason. Dorsett had 51 catches for 753 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with the Colts. Brissett had a huge game in the preseason finale against the New York Giants, throwing for 341 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
Brissett started two games for New England last season, going 1-1. Numerous players Brissett made plays against won't make an National Football League roster this year.
A year ago his numbers went up - 33 catches, 528 yards, two TD, with just one fumble. It was only after the fourth preseason game, 10 days before the season opener, that Colts owner Jim Irsay admitted to Indianapolis beat reporters that Luck "most likely" would not be ready for the September 10 season opener against the Rams. The majority of players on the field were backups, but the 24-year-old still experienced a number of high-pressure situations in a contest that went down to the wire.
A talent like that might easily be in line for a practice-squad position, but Carr may have actually showed too much receiving ability to clear waivers.
The question is whether the Patriots can realize the potential of Dorsett in a way that Indianapolis never could. Acquiring Brissett could be a sign Luck will miss more games than the Colts would like ... or perhaps they just got an interesting young quarterback for a receiver they didn't want anymore. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder played in 36 percent of his team's defensive snaps last season, including playoffs.
The addition of Marsh could help fill New England's need at edge rusher after Rivers was sidelined with an injury.