FOXBORO — Patriots backup quarterback Bailey Zappe took nearly all of reps in an preliminary passing drill in the course of the media-access portion of follow Wednesday.
Undrafted rookie receiver/quarterback Malik Cunningham additionally threw in the course of the drill that concerned large receivers and tight ends. Mac Jones didn’t take a single rep, and as a substitute stood behind the drill with newly re-signed practice-squad quarterback Will Grier. In earlier practices, Jones took the primary reps throughout this drill.
Jones was benched for the fourth time this season in final Sunday’s loss to the Giants. Zappe took over and led the Patriots’ solely landing drive of the sport to begin the second half, however later threw a crucial fourth-quarter interception. He completed 9-of-14 for 54 yards and the choose.
Bill Belichick declined once more to announce a beginning quarterback throughout his Wednesday morning press convention. Asked what Zappe should do to earn a begin amid Jones’ struggles, Belichick stated: “Every player, whatever opportunities they have, need to do the best with them that they can — practice, games, even in meetings and other preparation opportunities. So, that’s what a player can do – be prepared, do the best he can, and that’s what each guy will have an opportunity to do somewhere along the line over the course of a long season.”