In an unsurprising move for New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, he declined to answer specific questions about the quarterback position ahead of this weekend’s matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers during a press conference on Wednesday.
Fortunately, Wednesday’s practice offered some interesting insight.
During the portion of practice open to the media on Wednesday, Bailey Zappe took the majority of reps, according to ESPN. Rookie Malik Cunningham, who is on the practice squad, also took reps.
Mac Jones, who was benched for the fourth time this season during Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants, reportedly did not take any reps during this portion of the practice.
“Yeah, I’m not going to make any announcements on our lineup at any position,” Belichick said when asked about his plans for quarterback vs. the Chargers.
“So, it doesn’t matter what the position is. We’ll see how practice goes, see if everybody is ready to go. Hopefully everybody is ready to go, see what the injury situation is, and we’ll go with who we think is best on Sunday.”
Belichick declined to talk specifics about Jones and Zappe, despite a series of questions.
”Well, we haven’t won enough games,” he said when asked about Jones’ performance this season. “So, I don’t think anybody has performed well enough. We all need to do a better job.”
New England sits at the bottom of the AFC East with a 2-9 record and on a four game slide.
Playing in his third season, Jones has completed 224 passes for 2,120 yards and just 10 touchdowns through 11 starts. He’s thrown 12 interceptions and been sacked 22 times.
“Just bad quarterback play and wasn’t good enough by me,” Jones said Sunday of his first half benching. “If the quarterback doesn’t play well, you have no chance.”
For his role, Zappe wouldn’t speculate about starting against the Chargers.
“That’s Coach Belichick’s decision. If I start, I’m going to do everything I can like I have the past times I’ve started and try to go out there and win.”