Bailey Zappe: I’m just treating it like any other week

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The Patriots said last week that they’re taking it day by day with Mac Jones‘ recovery from an ankle injury and there’s been no sign that things will be any different this week, so it will likely be several days before we know if he has a shot of returning for their Week Five game against the Lions.

If Jones isn’t able to play, rookie Bailey Zappe could be in line for his first NFL start. Zappe relieved Brian Hoyer on Sunday after Hoyer suffered a concussion and went 10-of-15 for 99 yards and a touchdown in New England’s overtime loss to the Packers.

On Monday, Zappe said on WEEI that he isn’t trying to handle things any differently this week because of the possibility that he’ll be starting.

“Really, I’m just treating it like every other week. I’m preparing ever day like I have the last three or four weeks,” Zappe said, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “I’m going to continue to work with my teammates, work with my coaches, and continue to watch film, get into the game plan, and get ready for whatever role it is for me on Sunday.”

The Patriots don’t have a quarterback on their practice squad, so they will likely need to bring someone in to back Zappe up this week unless they are convinced that Jones will be cleared to play in the coming days.

25 responses to “Bailey Zappe: I’m just treating it like any other week

  1. It’s a home game against the Lions. Both teams are coming off losses. I thought Zappe played well last week. Bill Belichick is below .500 since Brady left, but I think this weekend the Patriots will win a close home game and will improve Bill’s post Brady record.

  2. Zappe is not an NFL QB. It showed on Sunday and it will show again this weekend. Truth hurts.

    The team better hope Jones heals up soon or it might be time to look ahead to the draft.

  3. I can see why non Patriots fans like Zappe. He stinks.

    There’s no Marshalls and UTEP and throwing to wide open receivers against hilariously inept defenses here in the NFL.

  4. george1859 says:
    October 4, 2022 at 9:26 am
    Pats fans still believe Tom Bradys are made, and not born…

    Patriots already had a cheater at QB, they don’t need to find another one.

  5. How long before Zappe is anointed the next Brady by the fan boys….I mean every guy that plays gets that title for a couple of weeks…..too funny.

  6. You could start Betty Crocker at QB for the Pats. The Lions will make him look like a pro bowler.

  7. If they’re playing the Lions, all they have to do is run the ball anyway. The Pats QB likely won’t be an issue as much as the D stopping what has been a very well-rounded and effective Lions’ offense.

  8. He seemed to handle the environment really well and make the right throws for the most part, but he seems to have an extremely weak arm and only throws high floaters. Maybe he can fire it in there if necessary, but it would be nice to see one pass with any zip on it at all.

  9. the Lions D just made Geno Smith look like some cross between Drew Brees and Donovan Mcnabb, I think Zapp will be just fine, expect 30 points minimum from each team. Should be a good entertaining game

  10. carloswlassiter says:
    October 4, 2022 at 10:11 am
    He seemed to handle the environment really well and make the right throws for the most part, but he seems to have an extremely weak arm and only throws high floaters. Maybe he can fire it in there if necessary, but it would be nice to see one pass with any zip on it at all


    Yup. No arm, awful pocket presence, can’t read NFL defenses, no ability to detect the rush, no ability to throw on the run, average runner and that’s being nice. I could go on.

  11. gjv001 says:
    October 4, 2022 at 7:16 am
    Zappe played well coming off the bench as he did. The kid has moxie.

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    I agree. The key to me was he made basically no mistakes with the ball outside of the sack fumble which I blame more on the OL. Yes they were conservative, but making the right play was impressive. He made good decisions. I quickly got the feeling he could be trusted. He could be a legit back up in the league. Of course to win he had to muster a FG try in OT with 1st down at the 50. No way Rodgers was going to be stopped twice in OT.
    I think a pretty good job overall though.

    Mac has made some bad decisions this year. It’s concerning. Even in the game the Patriots won, he basically threw the game losing pick and the Steelers couldn’t bring it in.

    I know the coaches are trying to let Mac make some plays but the mistakes cost the Patriots against Miami and Baltimore. Not that they win those games without the mistakes, but there definitely would have been chances in the end like the GB game. He needs to make better choices. There’s no way a surprise rookie starter should protect the ball better than the second year first round pick.

  12. carloswlassiter says:
    October 4, 2022 at 10:11 am
    He seemed to handle the environment really well and make the right throws for the most part, but he seems to have an extremely weak arm and only throws high floaters. Maybe he can fire it in there if necessary, but it would be nice to see one pass with any zip on it at all.

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    Apparently his arm is quite good, but I agree he didn’t show that in the game. He did fire one ball, but it wasn’t completed. I wouldn’t’ say he was throwing floaters, he was more just making sure if he had a mis-throw it was short or low or whatever. Floaters to me are balls that could or should be picked off. That wasn’t what he did. Yeah the two longer completions were more like slow touch passes, but there was nobody around the receivers, so probably good to throw catchable balls in those cases. I can’t remember one time in the game where he threw a ball that I though should have been picked off. His pocket sense is definitely not there yet. He couldn’t see or feel the rush at all in some cases. But I like that they got him on the move so that he couldn’t be hit from the blind side all the time.

  13. Jared Goff couldn’t move the ball against the Patriots in the SB. The Patriots defense have his number. Bailey Zappe just has to manage the game and not lose it and the Patriots will walk away with a W.

  14. He had one good game with the benefit of a strong rushing attack. But c’mon – the balloons and lollipops he serves up for anything over 15 yards aren’t going to cut it.

  15. Hopefully that’s the end of the line for Wynn. Whoever the QB is has no chance with a turnstile in front.

    Draft bust.

  16. Vasteelerfan says:
    October 4, 2022 at 9:44 am
    How long before Zappe is anointed the next Brady by the fan boys….I mean every guy that plays gets that title for a couple of weeks…..too funny.

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    Mike Tomlin hasn’t won anything without Ben Roethlisberger. He is 1-3 without Ben, and no playoff wins. It was all Big Ben.

  17. There’s no way a surprise rookie starter should protect the ball better than the second year first round pick.

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    Sure there is. The reins are on tight for the rookie and they were on Jones last year. #ThreePassAttempts

    Jones needs to move forward in his development. Putting the reins back on is a step backwards.

  18. Pats don’t have another tough opponent until Thanksgiving, now is the time to get some wins while they can. If they can’t, they may be out of the hunt by December.

  19. Sorry pat fans, the Lions are not the Lions of years past. Second in the league for scoring.

  20. What a terrible team. Completely exposed when Brady got sick of carrying belichick and left.

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