Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett was Tom Brady fan growing up, and still is – New England Patriots Blog – New England Patriots News

Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett was Tom Brady fan growing up, and still is – New England Patriots Blog – New England Patriots News

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In a matter of two weeks, in part due to attrition due to injuries to others, Phillip Dorsett has become a key cog of the New England Patriots’ wide receiver corps.

Setting up a few lockers away from Tom Brady, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Dorsett already feels more comfortable in his new surroundings after being acquired from the Indianapolis Colts in a Sept. 2 trade.

“I’m light years, way more comfortable than last week. I was comfortable last week in what they were asking me to do, but this week, I’m learning more. Just getting in there and getting the reps, it’s helping me a lot,” he said.

Dorsett, 24, is one of just three healthy receivers on the current roster, along with Chris Hogan and Brandin Cooks.

A Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native, he played with Patriots running back James White at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and is known mostly for his speed. But in sharing his “football journey,” he talked about how he hopes to show that he’s not just a burner but a well-rounded receiver. And the lessons he learned from his father, Phillip Sr., still resonate.

When he first started playing football: “I was 6. My dad just threw me out there, he was the coach and was like, ‘Let’s go! You’re ready.’”

Favorite teams and players growing up: “I was a Dolphins fan, and Miami Hurricanes, because I was from down there. I was a Michael Vick fan because when I first started playing, I was a quarterback and you saw how he scrambled; when you’re a quarterback and you’re young, that’s all you really do, is scramble. I was a Santana Moss fan. When I started getting out of quarterback and…

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