Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made his first public comments on Monday about last week’s quarterback moves.
The Patriots waived Bailey Zappe and Malik Cunningham last Tuesday, bringing them back to the practice squad and reclaiming Matt Corral in the 2022 third round of waivers from the Panthers to change the look of their quarterback room. On Monday, Belichick said that “all selection decisions are based on what we think is best for our football team” when asked about dropping Zappe and said he still thinks the 2022 fourth round will be “a good, young , developing player”.
Belichick also called Corral”a player we wanted to work withafter I scouted him at Ole Miss and said his spot on the 53-man roster doesn’t mean he will be the No. 2 quarterback behind Mac Jones against the Eagles in week one.
“Yes I do not knowBelichick said via NESN.com. “He hasn’t even been on the field yet. We will see.”
The Patriots can take Zappe and Cunningham off the practice squad three times each before they need to be exposed to waivers again, so it may be a while before anything is fully settled about the New England backup quarterback job.