Patriots Sign Former Third-Round Pick as Quarterback: Report

Although Bailey Zappe and Malik Cunningham were re-signed to the practice squad, the New England Patriots are still looking for a quarterback to compete with starter Mac Jones.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Matt Corral, a former third-round choice of the Carolina Panthers in the 2022 NFL draft, 

Claiming Corral completes the Patriots' recent drastic overhaul of football's most vital position.

On Tuesday, August 29, the team dismissed projected No. 2 Zappe, who was quickly followed by undrafted free agent Malik Cunningham.

According to Rapoport's colleague Tom Pelissero, both passers returned to the practice squad on Wednesday, August 30.

Corral's arrival has muddled any notions that one or the other would eventually emerge as Jones' closest deputy.

The latter has yet to play a professional game, but he established himself as a dynamic athlete and accurate passer during a successful college career at Ole Miss.

Corral's arrival could have taken more than a few days. At least, based on the Panthers' trade with the Patriots a year ago to move up and draft Corral 94th overall.

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