Patriots reportedly signal Bailey Zappe to 53-man roster, launch Matt Corral


With the strikes, Zappe would be the Patriots’ main backup quarterback on Sunday towards the Eagles.

Bailey Zappe is again on the Patriots’ roster. (AP Photograph/Steven Senne)

Bailey Zappe has received his previous job again.

The Patriots are signing Zappe to the 53-man roster and are releasing backup quarterback Matt Corral forward of Sunday’s regular-season opener, NFL Community reported Saturday. With the strikes, Zappe is the one different quarterback on the Patriots’ 53-man roster exterior of Mac Jones, making him the first backup quarterback.

Saturday’s strikes finish a bizarre 10-day stretch wherein it wasn’t clear who the Patriots backup quarterback could be getting into the 2023 season. The workforce launched Bailey Zappe on cutdown day. They signed Zappe to the observe squad a day in a while Aug. 29, an indication that he may finally return to the Patriots’ 53-man roster.

However that hope for Zappe took a little bit of a activate Aug. 30, when the workforce claimed Matt Corral off waivers following his launch from the Panthers. Corral, a 2022 third-round choose, appeared to have the higher hand within the backup quarterback battle, as some believed he was a greater match for Invoice O’Brien’s offense than Zappe.

O’Brien praised each quarterbacks on Tuesday, however acknowledged the problem of bringing him on top of things with the workforce’s playbook and system, leaving the door open for Zappe to be referred to as up from the observe squad.

The backup quarterback scenario remained unclear till Friday. Corral wasn’t current at observe, an indication that his Patriots tenure was over after every week. It was later disclosed that Corral was out attributable to a non-injury motive.

Invoice Belichick appeared to tip his hand on the scenario previous to Friday’s observe.

“That’s a choice we’re going to need to finalize right here immediately,” Belichick informed reporters when requested in regards to the backup quarterback scenario. “I believe it’s a consideration. Bailey definitely has the benefit on expertise and time within the system and all that, so we’ll see how that every one performs out. We now have a few completely different choices there, so we’ll type of see how that goes, attempt to make the most effective one.”

The Patriots can nonetheless add Corral to their observe squad. Nevertheless, he must clear waivers first. If he does, Corral would be capable of choose which workforce’s observe squad he’d prefer to signal with.

As for Zappe, he reportedly turned down curiosity from seven different groups to hitch their observe squad after he went unclaimed on waivers in August. Now, Zappe will return to the 53-man roster and be subsequent in line to take over at quarterback if something occurred to Jones.

Zappe appeared in 4 video games as a rookie final season with the Patriots, successful each video games he began.