The New England Patriots had a messy start of the 2022 NFL season. Head coach Bill Belichick had to rule out Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer due to an injury and concussion, respectively, and throwing Bailey Zappe into the fire was his only option.
The NFL world discussed the timetable for Jones’ return. Belichick has received a lot of questions about his starting quarterback. Zappe did an incredible job with the team, leading the Patriots to a win over the Detroit Lions. He was a pleasant surprise for everyone and NFL analysts praised his effort. Zappe’s grandfather even advised the Patriots to keep his grandson on the field.
Bill Belichick doesn’t talk about Mac Jones and his injury
Truth is, Belichick doesn’t like talking about his future decision. Although Jones looks and feels great and everyone predicts his return, Belichick decided to keep things close to his chest. As usual.
When asked about Jones’ return, Belichick didn’t use the phrase “day-to-day.” Why didn’t he use this term? Will Jones return to the field this Sunday?
Here’s what Belichick said when asked about his favorite “day-to-day” phrase.
Jones is not 100% and Zappe will probably start the game against the Cleveland Browns. Reports reveal that the Patriots actually elevated quarterback Garrett Gilbert from the practice unit. Belichick wouldn’t make this move if his starting quarterback was ready to return to the field. Analysts believe that the Patriots will use Zappe as a starter and Gilbert as his backup.
Patriots fans seem to like Zappe and many of them would love to see him at center again. The talented rookie can win games and the Browns made things easier for him. Cleveland will meet the Patriots without Jadeveon Clowney and Denzel Ward. They won’t suit up for the game.
The Patriots traded Chase Winovich to the Browns, but he won’t play on Sunday. The Browns added him to the injured reserve list and he won’t get a chance to go against his former team.
Cleveland made some moves in the offseasons, but Patriots fans are confident about their favorite team. Let’s win this one!