What the Patriots plan to do with Will Grier in his first sport with the staff


The quarterback formally joined the Patriots on Friday and can serve a job in Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Jets.

Will Grier spent the 2021 and 2022 seasons with the Cowboys, however by no means performed a sport for them. Sam Hodde / AP

Will Grier’s signing with the Patriots turned official on Friday morning, and Invoice Belichick even shared what position the quarterback will play in Sunday’s sport in opposition to the New York Jets.

Grier will function the Patriots’ emergency third quarterback, marking the primary time the Patriots will train that choice for the reason that rule was carried out over the offseason. So, Grier would play in opposition to the Jets if starter Mac Jones and backup Bailey Zappe get damage or ejected from Sunday’s sport despite the fact that he gained’t be on the energetic gameday roster.

The Patriots’ resolution to signal Grier raised some eyebrows when the deal was first reported on Thursday. Grier was on the Bengals’ observe squad and may need had a attainable probability to begin for Cincinnati in Week 3 resulting from Joe Burrow’s harm standing. Zappe was additionally the Patriots’ solely different quarterback on the 53-man roster, exterior of Jones, following the staff’s resolution to re-sign him and transfer on from Matt Corral earlier in September.

Belichick merely defined that the signing was a depth transfer.

“We wish to work with him,” Belichick instructed reporters on Friday. “We’d like depth at that place – two quarterbacks, lengthy 12 months.”

Grier, 28, is in his fifth NFL season. The Panthers chosen the West Virginia product within the third spherical of the 2019 NFL Draft and 33 picks earlier than the Patriots chosen quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

Belichick actually didn’t say if the staff had a lot curiosity in Grier in the course of the draft that 12 months when requested in regards to the staff’s exercises with him.

“We tried out all of those guys,” Belichick mentioned.

Grier began two regular-season video games in his rookie season with the Panthers, throwing for 228 yards, zero touchdowns, and 4 interceptions over these video games. He hasn’t performed in a regular-season sport since then, remaining with the Panthers for the 2020 season earlier than becoming a member of the Cowboys as their third-string quarterback during the last two seasons.

Grier was knowledgeable he was being launched by Dallas on cutdown day forward of its last preseason sport in August, however obtained the chance to play in that sport. He threw for 305 yards and had two passing touchdowns plus two dashing scores.

In a corresponding transfer, the Patriots positioned Marcus Jones on injured reserve, ruling him out for the subsequent 4 video games as he reportedly is coping with a torn labrum.

Belichick didn’t specify how lengthy Jones can be out for, saying he’d “be out for some time.”

“It’s unlucky,” Belichick mentioned of Jones’s harm. “He clearly had a great rookie 12 months, explosive participant.”

With Jones becoming a member of fellow nook Jack Jones on injured reserve, the Patriots signed veteran nook Breon Borders and undrafted rookie nook Azizi Heard to the observe squad on Thursday.

When requested how he felt in regards to the Patriots’ depth at nook, Belichick gave a really on-brand reply.

“Effectively, that’s the depth we now have.”