Report: Bailey Zappe and Malik Cunningham cleared waivers and can probably be part of Patriots apply squad


Bailey Zappe remains to be a member of the Patriots in spite of everything.

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Bailey Zappe remains to be a member of the Patriots in spite of everything.

In accordance with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Zappe has signed a apply squad deal to stay with the workforce.

The Patriots reduce Zappe Tuesday in a stunning transfer that left Mac Jones as the one quarterback on the New England’s 53-man roster. Nevertheless, after clearing waivers, either side had been capable of hammer out a deal that saved Zappe in Foxborough.

It’s been an up-and-down preseason for Zappe, who fumbled the ball 3 times within the Patriots’ ultimate preseason recreation in opposition to the Titans. He’s had his share of excellent practices, and had additionally struggled at instances in apply. However, all indications pointed to Mac Jones being the starter.

Zappe gained each of his begins final season and had the Patriots inside placing vary of an upset win in Inexperienced Bay final yr whereas Jones was damage.

Zappe’s first two drives of the Monday night time recreation in opposition to the Bears resulted in touchdowns, however he misplaced a fumble and threw a pair of interceptions because the Patriots bought shut out within the second half.

Finally, a tough preseason was sufficient for the Patriots to really feel comfy betting that one other workforce wouldn’t snap Zappe up through the waiver course of. But it surely wasn’t sufficient for them to surrender on the 2022 fourth-round decide completely.

Undrafted rookie quarterback Malik Cunningham has additionally cleared waivers, and in addition plans to affix the Patriots apply squad in keeping with ESPN’s Mike Reiss.