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New England Patriots not expected to bring back Phillip Dorsett

Phillip Dorsett, Patriots

Phillip Dorsett was expected to play a rather significant role in the New England Patriots’ passing game this past season. Instead, he was a disappointment, and now, the Patriots may be moving on from him.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, New England is not expected to bring back Dorsett, who is slated to hit free agency next month.

In 14 games in 2019, Dorsett logged 29 catches for 397 yards and five touchdowns and was not able to flesh himself out as a reliable weapon even in a thin Pats receiving corps.

The 27-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Miami, was originally selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round (29th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He appeared in 11 contests with the Colts during his rookie campaign, finishing with 18 grabs for 225 yards and a score. The following year, Dorsett participated in 15 games, hauling in 33 receptions for 528 yards and a couple of touchdowns.

Then, just before the start of the 2017 campaign, Indianapolis traded Dorsett to New England for quarterback Jacoby Brissett, as the Colts were looking for a replacement for an injured Andrew Luck.

Dorsett made minimal impact during his first season with the Patriots, totaling 12 catches for 194 yards. Then, in 2018, the Fort Lauderdale native snared 32 balls for 290 yards while reaching the end zone three times.

New England remains in desperate need of receiver help, so the fact that the Pats are apparently willing to let Dorsett walk speaks volumes with how the club views him going forward.