There’s been ‘a change of plans’ between the Patriots and Matt Corral
On Monday afternoon, it seemed as though Matt Corral’s odd tenure with the Patriots had come to an end. He was reportedly waived along with practice squader Ian Book after “neither were deemed a fit” for the team, according to Jeff Howe of the Athletic.
This was the second time in as many weeks Corral was reportedly released by the Patriots. The same was reported last Saturday (prior to Week 1), but he ended up instead being placed on the exempt/left squad list after he reportedly stopped showing up to the team facility.
Once Corral cleared waivers on Tuesday night, it was reported that the Patriots were bringing him back on the practice squad. Even that was short-lived though with Doug Kyed of The Boston Herald reporting on Wednesday morning that there was “a change of plans” and Corral no longer would be joining the Patriots practice squad. Mark Daniels of MassLive added this came after Corral had agreed to join the practice squad on Tuesday.
The Patriots first added Corral as a waiver claim ahead of Week 1, after he was let go by the Carolina Panthers. At the time it was reported that Corral – a 2022 third-round pick – would push Bailey Zappe for the backup job behind Mac Jones.
Instead, Corral’s Patriots tenue now once again seems to be over after just two practices. With him not signing to the practice squad, he’ll now become a free agent.
This leaves the Patriots with two true quarterbacks on their roster in Jones and Zappe. Rookie Malik Cunningham, who is on the practice squad, played quarterback in college and took some snaps in the preseason, but has mainly worked as a wide receiver. Given the Patriots still have two open practice squad spots, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them add another quarterback in the coming days.
29 former Patriots named initial nominees for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024
On Tuesday morning, the Pro Football Hall of Fame kicked off another induction cycle. In the first step of choosing the Class of 2024, the Hall revealed the list of modern-era nominees to be considered for the class.
This year’s initial group includes 173 players, a significant increase from the 129 initial nominees last year. That group is made up of 94 offensive players, 64 defensive players, and 17 specialists. In the coming months the selection committee will narrow this list down to a smaller group of semifinalists, followed by a group of 19 finalists. That group will then go to the final round of voting, with the official Class of 2024 – which will be between four and nine individuals – being revealed leading up to the Super Bowl in February.
Of the 173 initial nominees this year, 29 spent at least some time with the New England Patriots. That’s up from 24 last year, even though former Patriot Darrelle Revis is no longer on the list after getting inducted as part of the Class of 2023 (on his first ballot). In fact, none of the former Patriots under consideration are first-ballot candidates this year – although a few are back on the ballot after not being included in recent years.
From franchise cornerstones to guys who just came through for a cup of coffee and never even put on the uniform, here is a look at all 29 former Patriots under consideration this year. Will any become the 11th former Patriot to be enshrined in Canton?