Zappe has replaced an ineffective Jones in four games already this season, including last week's 10-7 loss to the New York Giants. His only two career starts after being selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2022 draft were last year when Jones was injured. The Patriots won both of those games.
Bailey Zappe and Malik Cunningham were the only QBs to throw passes during a drill with WRs and TEs during the media-access portion of #Patriots practice.
Mac Jones stood behind them. pic.twitter.com/v42bev1Rvr
— Andrew Callahan (@_AndrewCallahan) November 29, 2023
Jones has been turnover-prone (12 interceptions, two fumbles) and largely ineffective this season as the Patriots have won just twice in 11 games. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has revealed little about the quarterback position in the past few weeks, declining to name a starter until gametime.
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"I'm not going to make any announcements on our lineup at any position," Belichick said before Wednesday's session. "See how practice goes, see if everybody is ready to go, see what the injury situation is, and we'll go with what we think is best Sunday."
However, giving Zappe a full week with the first-team offense would be a strong indication which way Belichick is leaning heading into Sunday's home game against the 4-7 Chargers.
“He looked good,” wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said of Zappe's efforts at practice. “Him going out there, making throws and moving the chains, moving the ball down the field, he looked good.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Bailey Zappe appears set to take over QB job for Patriots vs. Chargers