Patriots sign yet another new quarterback, move defender to IR
The adventure that is the New England Patriots’ quarterback depth chart continues.
According to Adam Schefter, the Patriots are signing Will Grier off the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad, meaning he lands on New England’s 53-man roster. Prior to Cincinnati, Grier spent parts of the 2021-23 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, after playing the first two seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers.
Despite the whirlwind of moves that have taken place at the quarterback position for the Patriots in recent weeks, they’re almost entirely for depth or practice squad purposes. Grier certainly fits into that category. As a former Cowboy, he should be able to help the Patriots defense get ready for Mike McCarthy’s system as the scout team QB.
Only the Bill Belichick Patriots could make backup quarterbacks so compelling and entertaining. But the Grier move definitely means nothing for Mac Jones, possibly not even for Bailey Zappe or Malik Cunningham. In true Belichickian fashion, he appears to have signed a quarterback to help his defense.
Unfortunately, the addition of Grier came with a corresponding move: cornerback Marcus Jones is headed for injured reserve after suffering a torn labrum during last Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, according to Ian Rapoport. It’s possible that the cornerback’s recovery timetable would be long enough to end his season.
Veteran corner Jonathan Jones returned to practice for the Patriots after missing the Dolphins game, but was a limited participant with an ankle injury. The Pats also signed two new defensive backs to the practice squad to shore up their depth.
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