Bill Belichick, head coach and defacto general manager of the New England Patriots, has been noticeably coy about who his starting quarterback will be in Week 12, after their Week 11 bye that followed the Week 10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and a horrendous interception from current starter, Mac Jones.
Having split the past first team reps at quarterback over the bye week, the Patriots have decided to release third stringer, and former third round pick – future hall-of-famer, Will Grier.
To replace him, the New England Patriots have decided to re-sign tackle Connor McDermott to the 53 man roster, per New England Patriots official.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 25, 2023
What Impact Does This Have On The New England Patriots?
Connor McDermott is a career swing tackle, having spent his entire career in the AFC East, with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills having been his only other teams.
He is a serviceable fill-in type player, and will provide cover for currently injured starting tackles, Riley Reiff and Trent Brown. McDermott will presumably compete with Vederian Lowe for the left tackle spot, if Trent Brown is unable to return for Week 12.
Let’s see if McDermott is able to provide adequate cover, and perhaps aide a New England offensive line unit that has severely underperformed the past couple of years compared to their lofty past.
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