Bailey Zappe talks beginning in 2024, embrace with Invoice Belichick, and extra on WEEI


“I’m simply attempting to be the place my ft are and deal with the Payments.”

New England Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe (4) against the Denver Broncos of an NFL football game Sunday December 24, 2023, in Denver.
Bailey Zappe is now 4-2 in his profession as a starter with the Patriots. (AP Photograph/Bart Younger)

Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe appeared on WEEI’s “Jones & Mego” present Tuesday afternoon, relating subjects like his efficiency in Sunday’s comeback win over the Broncos, his postgame embrace with Invoice Belichick, and way more.

Listed here are just a few highlights from Jones’ prolonged radio interview:

Incomes his spot?

For the fourth time in six profession begins with the Patriots, Bailey Zappe walked off the gridiron with a win on Sunday night time in Denver.

The second-year QB performed a key function in New England’s back-and-forth upset victory towards the Broncos, finishing 25 of 33 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

After getting suffering from second-half woes in New England’s earlier two video games towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, Zappe managed to flip that script at Empower Discipline at Mile Excessive, tossing each of his touchdowns within the third quarter whereas setting the stage for Chad Ryland’s 56-yard game-winner within the ultimate minute of play.

With the rating tied at 23-23, Zappe and New England obtained the ball again on the Patriots’ 19-yard line with 58 seconds left to play. Zappe then hit DeVante Parker, Ezekiel Elliott, and Mike Gesicki for 36 mixed yards to place his staff in area purpose vary.

Since dropping a 6-0 loss to the Chargers on Dec. 3, Zappe has gone 2-1 in his final three video games, finishing 72.8% of his passes for 676 yards, six touchdowns, two picks, and a 106.1 passer ranking throughout these three video games.

On Tuesday, Zappe was requested if he thinks he’s earned the proper to enter the 2024 season because the staff’s beginning QB.

“Proper now, I’m simply attempting to be the place my ft are and deal with the Payments,” Zappe stated. “I’m certain these conversations and issues like that may occur within the offseason or after the Jets recreation, and I’ll discuss that then. However proper now, I’m actually targeted on the Payments and simply attempting to get these guys down, as a result of they’re a heck of a staff. They’ve been rolling, so it’s going to be a problem for us offensively to play towards these guys.”

After all, Zappe’s spot on the depth chart subsequent season is likely to be out of his management — particularly if New England lands a blue-chip quarterback prospect through the 2024 NFL Draft. Nonetheless, the Patriots might be on the surface trying in at an opportunity to snag a school QB like USC’s Caleb Williams or UNC’s Drake Maye in April, particularly after hurting their draft odds with Sunday’s win.

No matter no matter strikes New England makes so far as its QB depth is anxious, Zappe feels his confidence has continued to develop underneath heart with every new begin that he’s earned.

“The extra reps and additional reps we get earlier than and after observe, whether or not it’s the receivers, with the o-line, and the working backs and cross safety — the extra I get with these guys, I believe the extra snug we’re all going to get collectively,” Zappe stated. “The extra snug I’m going to get with the system, over time, in fact.

“The extra we play in it, the higher you’re. So far as confidence and every part, that comes from my teammates and people guys. Talking on the O-line, they performed phenomenal this previous recreation… It’s been a protracted 12 months; excited to be the place we’re at now. I do know we’re enjoying a troublesome staff within the Payments, however excited to play them.”

Protection steps up 

Regardless of Zappe’s robust end on Sunday night time, issues may have gone off the rails in a rush towards the Broncos.

On New England’s first play on offense, Zappe fumbled the ball whereas dropping again — permitting Denver to take over on the Patriots’ six-yard line. Regardless of the pricey miscue, the Patriots’ protection bailed Zappe out, stopping the Broncos on 4 straight performs to power a turnover on downs.

“It’s fairly superior to be an offensive participant and to observe your protection go on the market and play the best way they did,” Zappe stated of New England’s protection. “Simply talking from the primary play — have a fumble, they get the ball… I imply, they’re contained in the 10-yard line or no matter it was. And for them to have the ability to cease them on 4 downs and switch the ball over on downs and actually not have any factors come off that turnover is fairly superior.

“I imply, these guys have been nice all 12 months, it doesn’t matter what offense, they’ve been in a position to play. They at all times come to play and so they at all times present up and for an offense to have a protection like that, it form of lifts a weight off your shoulder as a result of you understand these guys are gonna go on the market and so they’re gonna play their butts off. And so they’re gonna do every part they’ll to assist us win these video games.”

A postgame hug 

After serving to New England come away with a highway victory over the Steelers on Dec. 7, Zappe earned a firm handshake from Bill Belichick in the visiting locker room

The postgame response following New England’s Christmas Eve triumph in Denver was a bit extra jovial between Zappe and his head coach, with Zappe giving Belichick a hug after making his method into the locker room. 

“The handshake factor, I informed him after I walked in after the Broncos recreation, he reached out for the handshake, and I used to be like, ‘Coach, no extra handshakes. Let’s go for a hug,’” Zappe stated Tuesday of his embrace with Belichick. “In order that’s form of how that every one occurred.”

It’s been an up-and-down season for Zappe in New England, particularly after the staff opted to launch him on the finish of coaching camp.

However Zappe confused on Tuesday that he’s at all times maintained a “nice relationship” with Belichick and New England’s teaching workers.

“I’ve at all times been in a position to stroll into his workplace, ask him questions, and he’s at all times been very open to answering something that I had questions on,” Zappe stated of Belichick, including: “I come into the constructing on daily basis comfortable to have the ability to be taught from him and form of simply be a sponge and hearken to every part he has to say concerning the entirety of the sport of soccer.”

A Christmas present

As is custom throughout the NFL, quarterbacks often fork over a hefty chunk of change each Christmas season to get some sought-after items for his or her offensive linemen.

Prior to now, Tom Brady gifted the large males tasked with defending him UGG boots, Canada Goose winter jackets, iPads, and watches. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson gave his O-line Rolex watches in 2019, whereas Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes gave his grouping customized golf carts final week. 

So what did Zappe give New England’s O-line this vacation season?

“It’s nothing loopy,” Zappe started. “I obtained every one a pack of 4 Davidoff cigars. From what I’ve heard, all people has loved them. I don’t suppose anyone has smoked them but, however they’ve earlier than. And all people beloved the present. However you understand, it’s nothing massive. I informed them it was brief discover, so I wasn’t in a position to get nothing too massive. However all of them stated it was the thought that counts.”

“It was superior to deal with these guys,” he added. “They’ve been working their butts off all 12 months to maintain us clear. And so they’ve been doing an outstanding job.”