Ex-Penn State QB Trace McSorley signs with Patriots amid Mac Jones-Bill Belichick controversy

The quarterback position has always been one of the most critical and talked-about roles in football. It’s no different for the New England Patriots, who recently added another signal-caller, Trace McSorley, to their roster. However, with the ongoing controversy surrounding head coach Bill Belichick’s decision not to name Mac Jones as the starter for the upcoming season, it remains to be seen how McSorley will fit into the team’s plans.

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the quarterback situation of the New England Patriots, the team announced the addition of Trace McSorley, on Thursday. 

However, McSorley is not expected to be a threat for the starting position. Because Mac Jones is currently the leading quarterback, although Bill Belichick has not yet named him as the starter for the 2023 season. Bailey Zappe is also another potential option for the position.

McSorley’s career in the NFL has not been impressive. He previously played for Baltimore and Arizona. Overall, he has played in only nine games, starting in one, and completing just over 51% of his passes for 502 yards, with one touchdown and five interceptions. He has good mobility and can be used as a gadget player. But he is not considered a reliable passer at the professional level.

Future of Trace McSorley with Patriots 

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The Patriots have a history of adding interesting backup quarterbacks, with most of them spending their time on the bench behind Tom Brady. Since Brady’s departure, the team has relied on several passers, including Jones, Zappe, Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham, and Brian Hoyer. Additionally, former college quarterback Julian Edelman was utilized as a gadget player who occasionally threw passes but mostly played the role of a receiver.

McSorley could also be used similarly if necessary. Otherwise, he will be a depth addition who will most likely be relied upon during training camp. The Patriots are known for adding players at the bottom of the depth chart to see if they can develop into better options over time

It’s clear that the Patriots are still searching for the right quarterback to lead their team. And McSorley’s signing is just another move in their ongoing quest. He may not be a starter. But his versatility and experience could prove to be valuable assets to the team. 

As the team heads into training camp, it will be interesting to see how McSorley, Jones, and the rest of the Patriots quarterbacks perform under the scrutiny of Belichick and the fans. One thing is for sure, with so much uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position, the Patriots’ season is sure to be one to watch.


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