What the Patriots mentioned about ‘shocking’ choice to chop Bailey Zappe and go all-in with Mac Jones


“Clearly, Mac is our quarterback. We’ve acquired a whole lot of perception in him.”

Invoice O’Brien and Mac Jones AP Picture/John Amis

Mac Jones is the final man standing within the Patriots quarterback room, for now.

The Patriots reduce all three of the gamers who have been behind Jones on the depth chart this week. Bailey Zappe, Malik Cunningham, and Hint McSorley will not be on the 53-man roster in the meanwhile.

Speak about a vote of confidence for a third-year quarterback who’s coming into probably the most pivotal season of his younger profession.

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“Clearly, Mac is our quarterback. We’ve acquired a whole lot of perception in him,” Patriots particular groups standout Matthew Slater mentioned. “We assist him. I’m positive, and I don’t know a lot, however I’m positive there can be one other quarterback in some unspecified time in the future and time. You don’t often go right into a sport with one quarterback.

“However, Mac’s finished an incredible job of working and enhancing in all aspects on the sphere and off the sphere,” Slater continued. “All of us have a substantial amount of confidence in him shifting ahead.”

Regaining belief has been a theme for Jones this offseason as he makes an attempt to bounce again from a lackluster efficiency in 2022. He’s talked about it brazenly and infrequently throughout coaching camp. Devin McCourty mentioned again in March that there have been some Patriots gamers who most popular Zappe to be the beginning quarterback as Jones struggled.

However, there’s a minimum of a portion of the locker room who by no means misplaced religion in Jones.

“I by no means actually misplaced belief in him,” offensive lineman Cole Unusual mentioned. “I don’t know [why], however that’s simply my dude. I believe that simply comes with being on a crew with a man, I suppose for me.”

Slater described the choice to chop Zappe as “shocking.” He mentioned being with the Patriots has taught him to count on the surprising, and that stunning strikes are part of life within the NFL.

“I do know [Zappe) will land on his feet and do a great job,” Slater said. “And I also trust that coach [Belichick] is doing what’s in the very best curiosity of the soccer crew and placing us in the very best place to have success. So, you already know, combined feelings on that. I really like Bailey, he is aware of how I really feel about him. He’s one among my favourite youngsters of all time.”

Tight-end Mike Gesicki, who stayed at Jones’s home throughout a part of the offseason, mentioned that he has a “actually excessive” confidence degree enjoying with Jones.

“He makes it enjoyable to go on the market and play,” Gesicki mentioned. “We’re at all times joking round, however when it’s time to lock in he’s main the offense and has finished a terrific job.

“He throws a very catchable ball, has actually good timing, and understands ideas, spacing and routes,” Gesicki continued. “He understands when guys are on the point of break primarily based off of leverage and all that form of stuff. It’s been superior going by means of coaching camp with him.”

Offensive sort out Calvin Anderson, who returned to observe on Tuesday after lacking nearly all of coaching camp, mentioned that he’s wanting ahead to defending Jones.

“All of us love Mac,” Anderson mentioned. “It’s an necessary yr for him … The issues which might be above my pay grade, we belief the individuals which might be within the positions to deal with that. However, we all know Mac is poised to have a great season and he has our assist.”