Bill Belichick won’t rule out Patriots signing QB, kicker help

The Patriots will at least consider bringing in outside help at two key positions after the team’s struggles continued in Sunday’s 10-7 loss to the Giants.

Head coach Bill Belichick was asked Monday if he would consider signing a quarterback from outside of the organization. The team waived third-string quarterback Will Grier on Saturday. They won’t know if he has cleared waivers and if they can bring him back to the 53-man roster or practice squad until Monday at 4 p.m. ET.

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“Yeah, I don’t really see that right now,” Belichick said Monday morning in a video conference call. “But I mean, I wouldn’t rule anything out. Anything that would help our team. We’ve brought in players — at any position that — you never know what’s going to happen. If I think there’s somebody — our pro scouting department thinks there’s somebody that would help us, we’d certainly listen to it and take a look at it at any position. It’s not really about the quarterback position. It could be any position. I don’t know. Nobody that comes to mind but we’ll see.”

Mac Jones started Sunday’s game but was removed at halftime for Bailey Zappe after throwing two interceptions as the Patriots were held scoreless. Zappe led the Patriots on a touchdown drive but tossed his own interception later in the half. Rookie Malik Cunningham is listed on the practice squad as a quarterback, but he told the Herald that he’s only taken snaps at wide receiver and on special teams since Week 6.

The Patriots have also had issues with rookie kicker Chad Ryland, who has missed 35-yard field goals in consecutive games. A make late in Sunday’s loss would have sent the game to overtime.

“Chad is a very talented player, but this is two weeks in a row that we basically missed extra points,” Belichick said Monday morning on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show.” “It’s not good enough.”

Belichick was asked Monday morning in his video conference call if the team would consider bringing in kicker competition on the roster or practice squad.

“Yeah, again, that’s really the same question that I just got there,” Belichick said in reference to adding quarterback help. “I’m not ruling anything in or out. Trying to do what’s best for the team.”

The Patriots traded veteran kicker Nick Folk to the Titans during training camp after Ryland won the kicker competition. Folk is 21-of-22 on field goals and 15-of-15 on extra points this season. Ryland, whom the Patriots traded up for in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft, is 12-of-17 on field goals and 13-of-13 on extra points.

Folk, 39, didn’t kick off for the Patriots. Kicker was viewed as a need for the Patriots this offseason given Folk’s age and lack of power on longer kicks. He’s 3-of-4 on 50-plus-yard field goals this season. The Patriots elected to punt rather than attempt a 54-yard field goal early in Sunday’s loss to the Giants.

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