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Bailey Zappe back in New England

Bailey Zappe, the former backup quarterback for the New England Patriots, is back with the team, but this time as a member of the practice squad. The Patriots have also added Malik Cunningham to their practice squad after both players cleared waivers. While several teams were interested in Zappe, he ultimately chose to return to New England, where he will be part of a group that doesn't count against the 53-man roster but can be called upon in case of emergency.

The news is a reminder that familiarity still carries weight in the transactional environment of pro sports. However, it also means that the Patriots still don't have a proper backup quarterback. With only Mac Jones on the depth chart, the team is seeking a veteran to dress behind him.

Last season, Zappe went 2-0 as a rookie starter, and his success led to Zappe Fever gripping New England for a few weeks. However, this year, he has been deemed unworthy of one of the 53 roster spots. Cunningham, on the other hand, excited Patriots fans with a rushing touchdown as a signal-caller in Week 1 of the preseason, but it wasn't enough to make the team feel comfortable with their situation behind Jones.

Despite being released, both Zappe and Cunningham will continue to follow the Patriot Way as practice squad members, albeit in less significant roles. While the Patriots' backup quarterback situation remains uncertain, the addition of Zappe and Cunningham to the practice squad provides some depth and insurance.


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