New England Patriots

CINCINNATI, OHIO - AUGUST 29: Jake Dolegala #7 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

Following Cam Newton’s positive COVID test, the Patriots aren’t taking any chances at quarterback.

According to NESN’s Doug Kyed, practice squad signal caller Jake Dolegala will travel with the team to Kansas City for Monday night’s game against the Chiefs. He will likely be kept on the practice squad, although he could be activated if the situation presents itself (ex. Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham test positive).

Dolegala was signed to the Patriots practice squad on September 16, after spending training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 23-year old spent all of last season on the Bengals active roster, but did not appear in a game.

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A UDFA in 2019, Dolegala was a four-year starter at Central Connecticut, where he still holds most of the Blue Devils’ passing records. He totals 8,129 yards and 48 touchdowns in his time in New Britain.

As it stands Sunday night, the Patriots and Chiefs still have at least one more round of testing to pass before Monday night’s game can be played. The last update came Sunday morning, which consisted entirely of negative test results.

If the remaining tests pass without issue, the plan is for the team to fly to Kansas City Monday morning, with kickoff scheduled for 7:05 p.m. that night.

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? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at

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