Making the case for each Patriots QB to start in Week 12

The Patriots need a starting quarterback in week 12, and they have four guys to choose from. We weigh the pros and cons of each player.
Making the case for each Patriots QB to start in Week 12
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The New England Patriots will face off against the New York Giants on Sunday, November 26, and who will be the quarterback remains a question. In typical Bill Belichick fashion, when the head coach was pressed for an answer about who would be taking snaps this weekend, he said, "I told all the players the same thing: be ready to go."

The Patriots have four quarterbacks currently on the roster (or three quarterbacks and a wide receiver who played quarterback in college), and we could see any of them Sunday. Each comes with more question marks or baggage than actual upside, but we wanted to list the pros and cons of each player without advocating for one over another.

Will Grier

The Patriots signed Grier off the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad on September 22, and he has yet to see the field for them. He is a former third-round pick out of West Virginia by the Carolina Panthers in the 2019 NFL draft.


Grier was a 4-star prospect from Davidson Day High School in North Carolina. He was a first-team All-American and the third-best quarterback in his class, behind Deshaun Watson and Brandon Harris. During his junior season at West Virginia, he completed 64.4% of his passes for 317 yards per game and 34 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. He was even better his junior year, completing 67% of his passes for 351 yards per game and 37 touchdowns with just eight interceptions.


He's only started two games in his NFL career despite being in his fifth season. He went 0-2 with Carolina, completing just 53.8% of his passes and throwing 4 interceptions without a single touchdown.

Being good in college doesn't mean you'll be good in the pros, but maybe he just needs the right opportunity.