The Patriots’ apply squad takes form with 15 signings, together with Bailey Zappe and Malik Cunningham


The Patriots nonetheless have one spot left on their practice-squad roster as of Wednesday evening.

New England Patriots quarterback Malik Cunningham (16)scrambles out of the pocket during the second half of an NFL pre-season football game against the Houston Texans, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Foxborough, Mass.
Malik Cunningham is sticking round in Foxborough this season. AP Photograph/Greg M. Cooper

Only a day after the Patriots whittled their training-camp roster right down to 53 gamers, New England assembled most of its apply squad on Wednesday with 15 complete signings. 

Right here’s a take a look at the 15 gamers that New England added to its apply squad, headlined by a pair of quarterbacks in Bailey Zappe and Malik Cunningham.

QB Bailey Zappe
QB/WR Mailk Cunningham
WR Thyrick Pitts
OL Andrew Stueber
OL James Ferentz
S Joshuah Bledsoe
P Corliss Waitman
OL Kody Russey
LB Calvin Munson
LB Joe Giles-Harris
RB Ty Montgomery
TE Matt Sokol
RB Kevin Harris
LB Ronnie Perkins
TE Pharaoh Brown

Each Zappe and Cunningham’s availability had been the highest query marks after New England opted to waive each of them on Tuesday. Despite the fact that their age and ability units made them intriguing choices on the waiver wire for the opposite 31 NFL groups, each Zappe and Cunningham will stay in Foxborough.

Any apply squad participant could be elevated a complete of thrice earlier than having to hitch the 53-man roster, so each Zappe and Cunningham could be introduced in to again up Mac Jones at QB, at the least for a stretch of regular-season play.

The Patriots can elevated two apply squad gamers to the sport roster each week while not having to move them by way of waivers.

New England does have some flexibility in relation to placing collectively its personnel on the apply squad, with groups now allowed to place six veterans on their apply squad. Ten further practice-squad spots can be found for gamers who haven’t but accrued two years of NFL expertise.

The Patriots at present have another vacant spot on their apply squad, with operating again J.J. Taylor standing as a possible choice after as soon as once more flashing his abilities throughout preseason motion. 

With large receiver Tyquan Thornton anticipated to be positioned on injured reserve, extra roster strikes loom for the Patriots. Thornton’s harm designation will release a roster spot up on the 53-man unit, doubtlessly paving the way in which for a participant like Ty Montgomery, Zappe, or perhaps a linebacker equivalent to Calvin Munson to earn a promotion again as much as the primary grouping. 

Despite the fact that New England put collectively their checklist of 53 gamers on Tuesday, anticipate each Invoice Belichick and Matt Groh to proceed to shuffle round their personnel and depth chart within the days main as much as the Patriots’ Week 1 matchup in opposition to the Eagles.