New England Patriots

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 15: Kyle Allen #7 of the Carolina Panthers with the ball during the second quarter during their game against the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

It turns out the Patriots may not be content with their in-house options at quarterback.

According to Albert Breer’s Sports Illustrated Mailbag, the Patriots ‘sniffed around’ former Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen, who was traded to the Washington Redskins on Monday.

Undrafted out of Houston in 2018, Allen played a reserve role for Carolina as a rookie before taking over as the starter in 2019 after an injury to Cam Newton.

ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 8: Kyle Allen #7 of the Carolina Panthers looks to pass during the second half of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 8, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Allen started hot and drew league-wide attention, but cooled off fast. He ended up with a 5-7 record as a starter, completing 62 percent of his passes while throwing for 3322 yards and 17 touchdowns.

What makes this inquiry an odd one for the Patriots is Allen’s tendency to give the ball away. He had 17 turnovers in 13 games last year (16 interceptions, one lost fumble). That doesn’t line up with the Patriots high priority of ball security.

If the Patriots goal is to acquire cost-effective quarterbacks to join Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer, and Cody Kessler, they will have other options. Saying they ‘missed out’ on Allen would be a stretch.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at