As of 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, there only was one quarterback on the Patriots 53-man roster: Mac Jones.
Don’t be surprised if that changes in the near future.
New England is exploring adding another backup quarterback to its roster, according to multiple reports. The Patriots reportedly signed Brian Hoyer (a roster cutdown casualty) to their practice squad Wednesday, and Jarrett Stidham will miss at least the first six games of the regular season while on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
“Sounds like the Patriots have looked into adding another QB to their practice squad,” Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus tweeted Wednesday. Evan Lazar of CLNS Media corroborated the report.
For what it’s worth, the Patriots reportedly did not offer Cam Newton a backup position before cutting him Tuesday. So, a reunion seems unlikely.
Whom could the Patriots target for backup QB options? We came up with a list of five following Newton’s release.