June 15, 2024


Bailey Zappe continues to be a member of the Patriots in any case.

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Bailey Zappe continues to be a member of the Patriots in any case.

In response to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Zappe has signed a follow squad deal to stay with the group.

The Patriots reduce Zappe Tuesday in a stunning transfer that left Mac Jones as the one quarterback on the New England’s 53-man roster. Nevertheless, after clearing waivers, each side have been in a position to hammer out a deal that saved Zappe in Foxborough.

It’s been an up-and-down preseason for Zappe, who fumbled the ball 3 times within the Patriots’ ultimate preseason sport in opposition to the Titans. He’s had his share of excellent practices, and had additionally struggled at instances in follow. However, all indications pointed to Mac Jones being the starter.

Zappe received each of his begins final season and had the Patriots inside hanging vary of an upset win in Inexperienced Bay final 12 months whereas Jones was damage.

Zappe’s first two drives of the Monday evening sport in opposition to the Bears resulted in touchdowns, however he misplaced a fumble and threw a pair of interceptions because the Patriots bought shut out within the second half.

Finally, a tough preseason was sufficient for the Patriots to really feel snug betting that one other group wouldn’t snap Zappe up throughout the waiver course of. Nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient for them to surrender on the 2022 fourth-round choose solely.

Undrafted rookie quarterback Malik Cunningham has additionally cleared waivers, and in addition plans to affix the Patriots follow squad in keeping with ESPN’s Mike Reiss.