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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 29: Quarterback Garrett Gilbert #3 of the Dallas Cowboys calls a play against theJacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter of a NFL preseason football game at AT&T Stadium on August 29, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Early Wednesday afternoon, multiple reports indicated the Patriots were looking to add a third quarterback roster. Those reports came to fruition a few hours later.

As first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots have signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert to their practice squad. We noted Gilbert as a potential match for the Patriots Tuesday morning.

Gilbert entered the league as a UDFA with the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014. He was released and joined the Patriots practice squad late in the season, before being cut the next spring.

Since then he’s had stops with the Lions, Raiders, Panthers, and Browns, plus he led the Orlando Apollos to an AAF Championship in 2019. Gilbert returned to the NFL in 2020 with the Dallas Cowboys, making his first NFL start last November as the team was decimated with injuries at the position. Facing the Pittsburgh Steelers, he completed 21 of 38 passes for 243 yards with a touchdown and interception in a 24-19 Dallas loss. He spent the summer with Dallas but was released Tuesday morning.

Now back in New England for his second stint with the Patriots, Gilbert joins a quarterback room consisting of starter Mac Jones, fellow practice squad member Brian Hoyer, and Jarrett Stidham, who will open the year on PUP. At 30-years-old, Gilbert does offer some upside as a potential multi-year backup for Mac Jones, which could interest the Patriots if they’re ready to move on from Jarrett Stidham.

Gilbert’s signing was one of a handful announced in the six o’clock hour, along with kicker Nick Folk and offensive linemen James Ferentz and William Sherman. The Patriots now have reportedly filled 15 of their 16 total practice squad spots.

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