As NFL teams got down to their final 53-man rosters on Tuesday, the New England Patriots cut everyone not named Mac Jones basically. Backup QBs Bailey Zappe (a fan-favorite) and Malik Cunningham (after a strong preseason) were both waived by the team.
Zappe, a fourth-rounder in 2022, appeared in two games as a rookie - and played well enough for fans to scream incessantly that they wanted him to start over Jones. Cunningham, who was an undrafted free agent out of Louisville in 2023, had a strong preseason.
Fans and media weren't the only ones a little shocked by the moves. Patriots special-teamer Matthew Slater said the news that Zappe was being cut was a shock to the whole locker room.
It's possible that one, or both will end up on someone else's roster - or someone's practice squad.
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