Patriots claim backup quarterback off waivers
Thursday came with some proof of that, too, with the Patriots claiming quarterback Matt Corral off waivers from the Panthers. New England’s claim was first reported by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The 24-year-old Corral did make Carolina’s initial 53-man roster, but quickly and officially hit the waiver wire after appearing to ultimately lose out on the Panthers’ backup job to veteran Andy Dalton.
A third-round pick in 2022 (No. 94 overall), Corral appeared in all three of Carolina’s preseason games this summer, where he 28-for-47 for 249 yards and one interception. Corral also rushed for 47 yards on four carries, and fumbled the ball twice.
Prior to his brief run in Carolina, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Corral put together a four-year run at Ole Miss (the final two of which came under the tutelage of head coach Lane Kiffin), and threw for 8,291 yards and 57 touchdowns in 37 games for the Rebels. Corral was also a threat on the ground during his collegiate career, with 1,338 rushing yards and 18 rushing scores.
Corral actually had a slight connection to the Patriots prior to their claim, too, as the Patriots traded the third-round pick the Panthers used to select Corral to Carolina. The Patriots used those picks they received from the panthers to draft Bailey Zappe and Marte Mapu, as noted by MassLive’s Mark Daniels.
With Corral claimed by the Patriots, he immediately joins New England’s 53-man roster, making him the ‘next man up’ should anything happen to starting quarterback Mac Jones.
The Patriots, of course, still have Bailey Zappe and Malik Cunningham in the picture on the club’s practice squad.
The Patriots will open their season Sunday, Sept. 10 against the Eagles, leaving ’em with more than enough time to tinker further in pursuit of what they view as their optimal 53-man fit.