Right here’s what Invoice Belichick mentioned about Patriots quarterbacks, together with Malik Cunningham


Belichick did not say if Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe would begin in opposition to the Chargers in Week 13.

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Invoice Belichick in the course of the Patriots’ loss to the Giants. AP Picture/Adam Starvation

Invoice Belichick was requested concerning the Patriots’ quarterback state of affairs throughout his Wednesday press convention. As soon as once more, he refused to disclose if Mac Jones, Bailey Zappe, or another person could be named as starter previous to the staff’s residence sport in opposition to the Chargers on Sunday.

“I’m not going to make any bulletins on our lineup at any place,” Belichick replied when requested how the quarterback depth chart was taking form. “So, it doesn’t matter what the place is. We’ll see how apply goes, see if all people is able to go. Hopefully all people is able to go, see what the harm state of affairs is, and we’ll go along with who we predict is finest on Sunday.”

Belichick was questioned about why he gave the impression to be taking the identical strategy to the state of affairs because the prior week (when he didn’t title a starter earlier than Jones took the sphere as starter in opposition to the Giants within the 10-7 Week 12 loss).

“I didn’t say that,” he responded. “I mentioned I’m not going to announce something.”

As for the way he views Jones’s efficiency — the third-year quarterback has thrown simply 10 touchdowns in contrast with 12 interceptions — Belichick took a wider view.

“We haven’t received sufficient video games, so I don’t suppose anyone has carried out properly sufficient,” he mentioned. “All of us must do a greater job.”

Except for Jones and Zappe, undrafted rookie Malik Cunningham (who has featured as each a receiver and a quarterback in restricted play in 2023) was a topic of debate.

Belichick talked about how Cunningham has been used as a quarterback in apply, relying on the opponent that week.

“There are different gamers which can be training at quarterback as properly,” Belichick mentioned. “He’s not the one man on the market. After which it relies upon a bit bit on the offense that we’re seeing. If we’re seeing offenses that run performs that he’s superb at working — groups like Philadelphia, the primary Miami sport — then he will get, I imply, they’re apply squad reps, however they’re additionally reps on issues that he does.

“He’s form of a singular participant,” Belichick added. “Issues aren’t straight-line with him. He’s completely different than most likely each different participant now we have on the staff, so he’s dealt with in another way.”

The Patriots additionally re-signed one other quarterback, Will Grier, to the apply squad after chopping him days earlier than.

Whereas he isn’t more likely to play, Belichick mentioned that Grier nonetheless must be “able to play.”

“All of the gamers which can be on the apply squad are, until they’ve used all their apply squad elevations, are eligible to be apply squad elevated,” he defined. “Different gamers may very well be signed to the roster, like we did with Conor [McDermott] final week, who was out of elevations. So, in the event that they’re on the apply squad they’re eligible and are getting ready. They need to be able to play and probably are able to play. That features all people.”

New England, 2-9 via 11 video games within the 2023 season, haven’t been capable of finding a groove on offense whatever the quarterback. The Patriots presently rank thirty first within the league in factors scored.