The New England Patriots will enter the new season with Mac Jones at center, but they don’t have a backup. Cam Newton was supposed to earn the starting job, but the team cut him last week. They also cut veteran signal-caller Brian Hoyer. The Patriots are off to a different plan and they decided to work out a few quarterback options.
Tuesday was a big day for 10 players. They all have a chance to make the roster. The team worked out DB Grayland Arnold, RB Nick Bawden, G Jake Eldrenkamp, TE Miller Forristall, C Lamont Gaillard, TE Nakia Griffin-Stewart, QB Devlin Hodges, DB Joshua Moon, DT Destiny Vaeao, and WR Connor Wedington. Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston was among the first to confirm the information.
The Patriots to work out potential backup quarterback
Hoghes is definitely the most notable name on this list. The 25-year-old went undrafted out of Samford in 2019. He signed a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a starter in six games in his rookie campaign. Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph sustained serious injuries and Hoghes had a chance to do something great.
During this period, he threw 1,063 yards, five touchdowns, and eight interceptions with the Steelers. The team went 3-3 in the stretch.
Hoghes spent 2020 in Pittsburgh as part of their practice unit. The Los Angeles Rams signed him this summer but waived him on Aug. 23.
The Patriots have to make a few more moves before things get really hot in the regular season.
Griffin-Stewart caught the attention of the Patriots in joint practices with the New York Giants. They also saw Grayland Arnold. Head coach Bill Belichick was watching Jake Eldrenkamp. The player was signed to a reserves/future contract in 2019. However, the he was waived before training camp that offseason.
New England may not sign any of these players in the next few days. Coach Belichick has a few contracts to take care of the moment. Several players are still looking for a raise. Stephon Gilmore’s contract situation is one of the biggest priorities at the moment.