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Former Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett to start for the Indianapolis Colts this week

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New England's ex-third-stringer has risen to staring quarterback for the Colts.

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On the day of the NFL's cutdown deadline and only one year after drafting him in the third round, the New England Patriots traded third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. The trade was a surprising one but hailed as a win-win situation for both teams.

Dorsett would add depth to the Patriots' depleted receiver depth chart, while Brissett would do the same for the Colts' quarterback position. Two weeks later, the situation has changed drastically for the 23-year old passer. With Pro Bowler Andrew Luck still dealing with injuries, Scott Tolzien took over as Indianapolis' starter in week one.

However, Tolzien delivered a forgettable performance and was ultimately replaced by Brissett late in the game. Now, it seems as if he has been replaced at the start of the game as well. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the ex-Patriot will start Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals:

Sources: The #Colts are planning on starting QB Jacoby Brissett on Sunday vs. #AZCardinals. Former starter Scott Tolzien goes to the bench.

After Tolzien completed only 9 of 18 pass attempts for a mere 128 yards and two interceptions – both of which were returned for touchdowns –, the writing was on the wall. Consequently, Brissett now appears to get the next chance to prove himself a capable starting quarterback in the NFL after starting two games during his 2016 rookie year with the Patriots.