Bill Belichick explains why Patriots QB Will Grier took first-team reps in practice

FOXBORO — Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien made a somewhat surprising disclosure Monday when he said that Mac Jones, Bailey Zappe and Will Grier took first-team reps at quarterback during last week’s practice during the bye.

Grier has served as the Patriots’ third or fourth quarterback since joining the team off of the Bengals’ practice squad in late September.

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Three Patriots quarterbacks took first-team reps in bye week practice

“Well, last week we had an opportunity to kind of give the guys that didn’t play as much an opportunity to run more of our stuff,” Belichick said Tuesday morning. “Less stuff off cards and scout-team things. That was pretty much true for everybody across the board. We didn’t work on any scout-team plays. We just ran our plays, so everybody got to run what we ran. We had some guys who were out there; some guys weren’t out there. A lot of the guys that have played a lot didn’t practice as much.”

Belichick wouldn’t name a starting quarterback on Tuesday morning, saying that he’s told everyone to be ready to go.

The Patriots will practice Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ahead of Sunday’s game in New York against the Giants.

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