7 Patriots players fighting for their jobs after minicamp

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Bailey Zappe

The quarterback competition was always going to be the most intriguing roster battle of the summer once it was clear the Patriots were going to draft their next franchise player with the third overall pick. It became even more interesting once Mac Jones was traded, and the new regime decided to double dip at the position and select Joe Milton III in the sixth round.

The unexpected addition of another quarterback to the roster immediately threw a wrench into the mix for Bailey Zappe, who was hoping to secure the QB3 spot behind Jacoby Brissett and Drake Maye.

While that's still possible, Milton has already impressed the team with his skillset, especially the rocket arm he's become known for, which is not the strongest part of Zappe's game. He's proven he can be a formidable backup, but his erratic performance when handed the reins last season didn't help his case on top of now competing with a rookie for a spot on the roster.

For the most part, Zappe hasn't been spoken about much throughout spring practices, with Brissett, Maye, or Milton dominating the conversation. And when he has been talked about, it has typically been nothing positive, even more so with the other quarterbacks outshining him on the field.