Patriots QB Will Grier shares mentality if he gets called on to play

FOXBORO — Quarterback Will Grier received additional opportunities when the Patriots ran practice differently during the bye week.

Offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien said Grier, along with Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe, all got work with the first-team offense last Wednesday. Head coach Bill Belichick said the Patriots gave players who haven’t received many snaps this season more work in that practice since the team was running their own plays, not scout-team work.

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“It was great,” Grier said. “I came in at a tough time as far as reps go. So it was good to get some. Even the scout team reps I get when we do scout team are good. Just good to play ball. You’ve seen guys around the league like Josh Dobbs. It’s awesome to see what he did, man. At the end of the day, you’ve just got to play ball. And he’s obviously a testament to that theory that I believe in wholeheartedly. If I get the opportunity, I’m just going to go play and win.”

Grier signed with the Patriots in late September off of the Bengals’ practice squad. He spent the summer with the Cowboys before being waived at cutdowns.

Dobbs is also on his third team this season. He’s 1-1 as a starter since the Vikings placed Kirk Cousins on injured reserve with a torn Achilles.

Grier acknowledged that it was difficult to gain comfortability in the offense after missing training camp and the preseason with the Patriots but wouldn’t use it as an excuse.

“I don’t know how comfortable or not comfortable, there’s not really a scale for that,” he said. “Whether you’re comfortable or not, you get called on, you’ve got to go play and figure out a way to win. That’s the mentality for me. I don’t know what’s going to happen. Injuries happen. You’ve seen around the league a lot of guys have had to step up and play. If I’ve got to step up and play, I’ll be ready to go.”

The Patriots have not disclosed who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Giants. Jones and Zappe threw during a period open to the media.

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