New England Patriots

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

  • By now, most football fans across New England have been exposed to Zappe Fever. It’s the term that’s been used for the hype around Patriots third-string quarterback Bailey Zappe, and it’s certainly picked up steam since the rookie fourth-round pick helped the Patriots beat the Lions 29-0 on Sunday.

    At this point, pretty much everybody is talking about Zappe Fever. That includes Zappe himself, who for the first time was asked about the phrase on Thursday.

  • At first, Zappe tried to deny it. “Nope, I have not,” he replied when asked if he’d heard the phrase. However, his smile gave it away.

    “I’ve, I guess I’ve heard a little bit of it,” he admitted with a smirk when pressed on it a little harder. “I haven’t done into any of that, I don’t really pay attention to any of that stuff,” he added. “I’m just focused on what’s going on right now, and that’s the Browns.”

    What’s next for Zappe Fever? That’s a major question heading into this game. Reports indicate starting quarterback Mac Jones is nearing a return from his high ankle sprain, and could be back on the field this Sunday.

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  • Bill Belichick hasn’t given a definitive answer as to what will happen when Jones does eventually get cleared to play. He answered two questions about the starting quarterback job with “we’ll see.”

    Right now, it still figures to be Jones who gets the nod. While Zappe hasn’t played poorly, he led the offense to just one touchdown against the league’s worst scoring defense. He’ll need to add to his resume before having a chance to challenge last year’s first-round pick. If Jones does take longer to return though, it would afford Zappe a chance to do just that.

    We’ll know soon if this is it for Zappe Fever, or if it will last at least one more week. Whatever ends up happening, it’s certainly been a memorable couple of weeks for the Patriots’ young quarterback – even if he’s shy to admit it.

  • Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at [email protected].

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