Who is Bailey Zappe, the Patriots' new starting quarterback?

Who is Bailey Zappe, the Patriots' new starting quarterback?

UPDATE DAY

It goes from bad to worse for the New England Patriots, who find themselves with no experienced quarterbacks in the fifth week of activities. Due to multiple injuries, freshman Bailey Zappe will now be in charge of the offense. 

The “Pats” had high expectations of Mac Jones this year, but the center suffered an ankle injury in the team's third game. Veteran Brian Hoyer suffered a concussion last Sunday in a loss to the Green Bay Packers. He will be sidelined for at least four weeks, the organization confirmed on Thursday. 

Zappe had to be sent into the fray in the first quarter of that game, which the Patriots escaped 27-24. The 23-year-old completed 10 of 15 passing attempts and had 99 passing yards. He was, however, the victim of three quarterback sacks and fumbled the ball on one occasion.

In the second quarter, he became the first rookie to throw a pass for a major this season when he joined DeVante Parker on 25 yards.

An exceptional course

The Patriots picked Zappe in the fourth round, 137th overall in the most recent draft, certainly not expecting him to be pushed to the front of the stage so soon.

The native of Texas nevertheless had one of the best statistical seasons in college football history in 2021, along with Western Kentucky University. He set Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) records throwing 62 touchdown passes – surpassing Joe Burrow's previous mark – and rushing for 5,833 yards through the air.

Zappe also led Conference USA in various offensive categories, including successful throw-in percentage of 69.3%.

Thus, the 6'1″ 220 lb player was seen as an option right from the draft long term for the Patriots. If he were to perform well in the coming weeks, he might be able to snatch the No. 2 job from Hoyer, who turns 37 next week, sooner than expected.