Patriots come through with surprise release in quarterback room
Bill Belichick and the Patriots came through with their first relatively major cut in pursuit of their 53-man roster just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, with the proverbial No. 2 on the New England quarterback depth chart officially out of the mix with word that the Patriots have cut Bailey Zappe.
New England’s decision to move on from Zappe comes after just one season with the club, and with ‘Zappe Fever’ gripping the region for a quick spell last season.
Thrown into the fire during the 2022 season following injuries to Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer, Zappe, a 2022 fourth-round pick out of Western Kentucky, made four appearances a season ago, and threw for 781 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions, and completed 65 of his 92 passing attempts (70.7 percent).
Most notably, the Patriots won two of those Zappe appearances, with a 29-0 effort against the Lions on Oct. 9, and a 38-15 win over the Browns a week later. Zappe’s win in Cleveland was certainly his best performance with the Patriots, too, as he threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns on a 24-for-34 passing afternoon.
But the ‘fever’ never quite took hold in Year 2, as Zappe had a downright ugly preseason in 2023 under Bill O’Brien, capped by a 8-for-15 showing with 54 yards and three fumbles in last weekend’s preseason finale in Tennessee.
The Patriots’ release of Zappe and Malik Cunningham, along with the earlier release of Trace McSorley, leaves Jones as the lone quarterback on the New England roster as of right now.
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