Bailey Zappe has already mastered the Patriot Way

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The Patriots always know the kind of players they’re looking for. Some of them learn the Patriot Way. Others have already mastered it.

Fourth-round quarterback Bailey Zappe arrives in New England knowing what to say to reporters and, more importantly, what not to say.

Consider a pair of questions and answers from his introductory teleconference. Asked about his pre-draft discussions with the Patriots, Zappe was adroitly vague and evasive: “I was able to talk to a lot of teams and really talk to everybody throughout the Senior Bowl and Combine. This whole process has been amazing, and it’s been a dream come true to build relationships with a lot of people. I am really excited to have this opportunity and can’t wait to get up to the Patriots and get to work.”

In response to a more specific question about things discussed with the Patriots at the Scouting Combine and the Senior Bowl, Zappe knew he’d couldn’t tap dance away from the topic. So he slammed the door, politely.

“It was like any other interview,” Zappe said. “We talked ball, talked about the background, and got a feel and started building that relationship really with every team. That is how it went. I like to keep those conversations between me and the coaches and scouts private. I am excited to get up there and get to work.”

That’s the Patriot Way. That’s what the Patriots want. It’s one less thing Zappe will need to learn as he begins his NFL education from Professor Bill Belichick.

20 responses to “Bailey Zappe has already mastered the Patriot Way

  1. He also said he can’t wait to get in the QB room and support Mac and the other QBs, which is exactly what Mac said last year about Cam.

  2. One of the reasons Hoyer has or had value was his knowledge of McDaniels’s complex offensive schemes, so he could mentor Mac Jones. I’m wondering whether, with JMD gone to Vegas, the Patriots will go in a new direction offensively, and a direction in which Hoyer and Stidham’s history isn’t as valuable. In that case, perhaps they might go with the drafted and undrafted rookies, as well as the guys coming in as RB and WO who have QB experience as “worst case scenario” plug ins. That would clear out a couple million in cap space, which, by official reckoning, the Patriots are sorely in need of just to sign their draft class.

    White and Bailey are in jeopardy as well. They’ve unloaded Hightower and Mason. Patriots definitely going younger, faster, and cheaper.

  3. Don’t make any big mistakes Mac, this guy will slip right in. QB controversy on the way! The sure road to mediocrity.

  4. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    May 1, 2022 at 4:37 pm
    Wow. Pats fans anointing him the next Brady. SMH. Just wow.
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    I would hope he isn’t. I like QBs who are talented and are good without cheating.

  5. If Mac Jones sucks you would think Buffalo fans would want him to remain the Patriots starting QB. But instead you smell their fear. Just remember,

    Rookie Mac Jones > Rookie Josh Allen

  6. ja17ownsafce says:
    May 1, 2022 at 4:07 pm
    Don’t make any big mistakes Mac, this guy will slip right in. QB controversy on the way! The sure road to mediocrity.

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    This guy has zero chance to take Jones job.

  7. The guy is similar in style to Jones, so if anything happens to Mac it would be an easier transition.

  8. Rookie Mac Jones > Rookie Josh Allen
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    There’s a difference though between a very raw prospect with very high upside and a guy who was said to be the most polished and NFL ready rookie of his class and that was proven accurate.

  9. Mac Jones like Trey Lance started for only one year in college. He was not polished.

  10. ja17ownsafce says:
    May 1, 2022 at 4:07 pm
    Don’t make any big mistakes Mac, this guy will slip right in. QB controversy on the way! The sure road to mediocrity.

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    If any team is going to find the next QB talent that is not drafted in the first round they have to develop QBs every year. Constantly developing QBs is the only way to have a chance at finding the next Romo, Wilson or even Cousins. The odds of finding the next Brady are basically zero, but finding someone else that could win games or have trade value is possible.

  11. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    May 1, 2022 at 4:37 pm
    Wow. Pats fans anointing him the next Brady. SMH. Just wow.

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    Anointing who the next Brady? There will never be another Brady in our lifetimes, so the odds of that are basically zero. Bailey Zappe will most likely be out of the league in the next 2 years. Every Patriots fan knows this. However, there is a small possibility he could end up being an NFL starter, and we will never know unless some team gives him a chance.

  12. GoodellMustGo says:
    May 1, 2022 at 5:11 pm
    Jimmypinthe416 says:
    May 1, 2022 at 4:37 pm
    Wow. Pats fans anointing him the next Brady. SMH. Just wow.
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    I would hope he isn’t. I like QBs who are talented and are good without cheating.

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    It’s Brady’s world and you are living in it.

  13. Best case scenario: Zappe proves to be good enough, Hoyer and Stidham got the boot. Zappe will be a backup for 4 years and before a second contract he will be traded for a 4-5 round pick to some QB needy team.

  14. Stidham is in his last year of his contract and Hoyer is aging out. Drafting another QB makes sense. Maybe not in the 4th round, but why not. He could be a trade commodity in two years?

  15. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    May 1, 2022 at 10:57 pm
    Mac Jones like Trey Lance started for only one year in college. He was not polished.
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    Jones was Bama’s starter. Lance started for team in a minor conference.

  16. He strikes me as too sweet a kid to adopt all of the Patriot ways.

  17. @GoodellMustGo,

    A QB is not polished after only one year of playing, even at Bama. Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson all had more starts in college.

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