The New England Patriots are back in game preparation mode on Monday, coming off the bye week. As the coaches return their focus to preparing for an opponent, in this case the New York Giants, they have a key question to answer – who will start at quarterback this week?
Last time we saw the Patriots, Mac Jones was pulled in favor of Bailey Zappe late in the 10-6 loss to the Colts in Germany after throwing a bad interception, only for Zappe to throw his own bad pick to end the potential game-winning drive. When asked if the Patriots would be making a full-time quarterback change after that game, head coach Bill Belichick told reporters “we’ll worry about next week, next week.”
Since then, the only update on the Patriots’ quarterback situation had been a brief window open to the media during the team’s lone practice last week, on Wednesday. During that practice period, a walk-through against air which lasted less than five minutes, Jones took the lone starter reps with Zappe and Will Grier rotating in with the backups.
Well, it’s now officially “next week.” Where do things stand with the quarterbacks?
On Monday, offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien spoke with the media. Naturally, many of the questions were about the state of the quarterback position in New England. While O’Brien didn’t give a definitive answer to who will be starting on Sunday against the Giants (more on that in a bit), he did share some important information as to what will inform that decision.
In a session that ran long – almost 20 minutes – there was a lot to take away. Here’s what stood out…