May 18, 2024


With the strikes, Zappe would be the Patriots’ main backup quarterback on Sunday in opposition to the Eagles.

Bailey Zappe is again on the Patriots’ roster. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

Bailey Zappe has received his outdated job again.

The Patriots are signing Zappe to the 53-man roster and are releasing backup quarterback Matt Corral forward of Sunday’s regular-season opener, NFL Community reported Saturday. With the strikes, Zappe is the one different quarterback on the Patriots’ 53-man roster outdoors of Mac Jones, making him the first backup quarterback.

Saturday’s strikes finish a bizarre 10-day stretch by which it wasn’t clear who the Patriots backup quarterback can be coming into the 2023 season. The group launched Bailey Zappe on cutdown day. They signed Zappe to the observe squad a day in a while Aug. 29, an indication that he might finally return to the Patriots’ 53-man roster.

However that hope for Zappe took a little bit of a activate Aug. 30, when the group claimed Matt Corral off waivers following his launch from the Panthers. Corral, a 2022 third-round decide, appeared to have the higher hand within the backup quarterback battle, as some believed he was a greater match for Invoice O’Brien’s offense than Zappe.

O’Brien praised each quarterbacks on Tuesday, however acknowledged the issue of bringing him in control with the group’s playbook and system, leaving the door open for Zappe to be known as up from the observe squad.

The backup quarterback scenario remained unclear till Friday. Corral wasn’t current at observe, an indication that his Patriots tenure was over after every week. It was later disclosed that Corral was out attributable to a non-injury cause.

Invoice Belichick appeared to tip his hand on the scenario previous to Friday’s observe.

“That’s a call we’re going to should finalize right here at this time,” Belichick advised reporters when requested concerning the backup quarterback scenario. “I believe it’s a consideration. Bailey actually has the benefit on expertise and time within the system and all that, so we’ll see how that every one performs out. We’ve a few completely different choices there, so we’ll sort of see how that goes, attempt to make the very best one.”

The Patriots can nonetheless add Corral to their observe squad. Nonetheless, he must clear waivers first. If he does, Corral would have the ability to decide which group’s observe squad he’d wish to signal with.

As for Zappe, he reportedly turned down curiosity from seven different groups to hitch their observe squad after he went unclaimed on waivers in August. Now, Zappe will return to the 53-man roster and be subsequent in line to take over at quarterback if something occurred to Jones.

Zappe appeared in 4 video games as a rookie final season with the Patriots, profitable each video games he began.