Prepping to start Week 13
The Patriots are preparing Zappe to start Sunday against the Chargers, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Signs have been pointing this direction after Zappe again replaced Mac Jones in last Sunday's embarrassing 10-7 loss to the Giants and then took the bulk of the first-team reps in Wednesday's practice. Zappe also seemed to confirm to the media on Wednesday that he would start versus Los Angeles. The move from Jones to Zappe doesn't move the needle much, if at all, for the New England offense. Zappe is merely a game manager with an ugly 48.7 percent completion rate averaging a pitiful 4.1 yards per attempt on 39 throws this season.
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Stevenson (ankle) recently said he's "feeling great" and would be able to play in a game if the Patriots had one coming up, Nicole Yang of The Boston Globe reports.
Bourne (knee) recently said he's ahead of schedule in his rehab from an ACL tear and would like to re-sign with the Patriots this offseason, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Jones finished the 2023 season with 2,120 passing yards to go along with 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 11 games.
Parker finished the 2023 season with 33 catches on 55 targets for 394 yards in 13 games.
Gesicki finished the 2023 season with 29 catches on 45 targets for 244 yards and two TDs in 17 games.
Douglas caught two of five targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Jets.
Zappe completed 12 of 30 passes for 88 yards with two interceptions while adding three rushing attempts for 13 yards in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Jets.
Elliott rushed 13 times for 54 yards and caught five of seven targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Jets.
Jones (coach's decision) was designated the Patriots' inactive third QB for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Thornton (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets.