Bill Belichick shares early role for most recent quarterback signing
For the fourth time since spring practices, the Patriots have a new third quarterback. Trace McSorley, Matt Corral, and Ian Book have come and gone, with Will Grier now stepping into the role.
Grier signed with the Patriots on Thursday off the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad. Per NFL rules, because he was signed off another team’s practice squad, he now has to remain on the Patriots’ active roster for at least three weeks.
When some of the quarterbacks above – mainly Corral – were signed, there was speculation they could be competition for Bailey Zappe as the team’s backup quarterback. Based on Bill Belichick’s comments Friday morning though, don’t expect that to be the case with Grier.
“We signed Will Grier off the Cincinnati practice squad, and he’ll be the third quarterback this week,” Belichick said to begin his Friday morning press conference. Belichick confirmed the plan is to have Grier dress for Sunday’s game against the Jets as the ’emergency’ third quarterback under the new NFL rule.
What went into adding Grier for that role? “Wanted to work with him,” Belichick said. “We needed depth at that position. Two quarterbacks – it’s a long year.”
The Patriots did have some contact with Grier prior to signing him on Thursday. During the pre-draft process in 2019, the Patriots attended Grier’s pro day and had a pre-draft meeting with him. Grier ended up going in the third round, 100th overall to the Panthers, while the Patriots selected Jarrett Stidham 33 picks later.