New England Patriots Sign Another Quarterback Amid Drama At The Position

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Since early on in the 2022 season, the New England Patriots have had a quarterback controversy on their hands.

Mac Jones struggled throughout the season as the team failed to give him and the rest of the offense a real offensive coordinator.

Jones missed a few games early in the year, giving Bailey Zappe an opportunity to play and Zappe took full advantage.

He took the Packers to overtime at Lambeau Field in his first appearance after Brian Hoyer was also injured. Then in his first two career starts he earned a pair of wins and threw for 309 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Browns in one of those wins.

That led some to call for Zappe to be the starter for the rest of the season. Jones was given the job back when he returned, but the QB controversy has carried into the offseason.

The Patriots haven’t committed to Jones and reportedly even had some discussions about trading him.

Now they’ve added another quarterback.

It’s not somebody that will challenge Jones for his job, but according to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots signed former Cardinals QB Trace McSorley.

The Patriots had previously been reported to be looking to sign a veteran to help Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe out. Trace McSorley doesn’t exactly fit with that report.

McSorley has only been in the league since 2019 and doesn’t have a ton of experience actually playing in the NFL. McSorley has only appeared in 9 games in the 4 seasons since he was drafted, starting just once. He has actually only thrown one more pass in the league than Bailey Zappe.

Despite that lack of playing time, McSorely could be a nice depth addition for the Pats. In his lone career start, the Penn State product nearly beat Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Christmas Day.

At least he probably won’t be splitting the locker room in a 3rd direction as the Pats figure out who should start for them in 2023.