Alex Barth: The real Patriots QB competition
Trace McSorely or Malik Cunningham?
Alex Barth: Everybody wants the quarterback competition, right? I’ll give you one, Joe. It’s Trace McSorley versus Malik Cunningham for the third quarterback spot because they need a guy on the practice squad who can do some of that more mobile quarterback stuff to emulate on the scout team because Bailey Zappe’s he’s not doing it. Mac Jones is a starting quarterback, he’s not going to be the scout team quarterback, so you need a more mobile option. McSorley to me is the safe option. All right. You know, he’ll give you a baseline look. I don’t think he’s been good. Great song. Remember the song from Penn State, Trace McSorely? That was a lot of fun. But he’s not an NFL quarterback. He’s good enough for a scout team. So the question is, can Cunningham prove he’s good enough to be the scout team quarterback? And then he adds that long term value as a developmental wide receiver. Can that supersede the experience McSorley has and allow Cunningham to win that practice squad quarterback job?
Joe Murray: People are going to see Cunningham tonight and they’re going to pop. Yeah, and maybe people aren’t college football fans, but he’s been doing this for years.
Alex Barth: Here’s how long he was a starter at Louisville. He took over for Lamar Jackson. There was nobody in-between. They were together for a year. So Lamar Jackson, he gets drafted and boom, it was Malik Cunningham’s job from there until last year.
Joe Murray: So I don’t think he sucks at quarterback or anything like that. I don’t see his potential, like actually playing the position. Do I think he could get behind center and run an option route or take a handoff, you know, as a wide receiver or even line up there for a sneak? Absolutely. But tonight. I want to see if I can actually sling it a little bit.