Should Grier be next QB up if Mac is benched again? Breer and Perry debate originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
With Mac Jones struggling mightily, the New England Patriots need to have a Plan B at the quarterback position.
Jones was benched during the Patriots’ 38-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4 and again during last Sunday’s 34-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The third-year signal-caller turned the ball over five times between those two games with three of those turnovers resulting in touchdowns for the opposing team.
Bailey Zappe replaced Jones during both blowouts and although he kept from turning the ball over, he didn’t do anything special. He completed seven of his 18 passes for 79 yards and no touchdowns.
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Knowing Zappe’s limited upside, should the Patriots give third-stringer Will Grier a shot if Jones is benched again? Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer and our Patriots insider Phil Perry shared their thoughts on Thursday’s Early Edition.
“As long as it’s not for another couple of weeks,” Breer said. “If you did have to make a change, I would want to see what I have and Will Grier because I think there’s a case to be made that maybe he’s the most physically gifted quarterback on the roster.
“I know that sounds crazy because he just got here a couple of weeks ago, but if you look who he was at West Virginia, if you look at where he was drafted, he actually might be the guy who you could say, ok, if there’s something here, maybe we wanna keep him around as a long-term backup. So I’d see wanting to see what I have in Will Grier as a logical idea over just spinning your wheels with Bailey Zappe.”
Grier was originally selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The former Florida and West Virginia star appeared in two games as a rookie, completing 28 of his 52 passes for 228 yards, no TDs, and four…