Patriots predicted to make a cut that Bill Belichick wouldn't like

He won't like it, but he also isn't around to have an opinion...
New England Patriots, Bailey Zappe
New England Patriots, Bailey Zappe / Nick Cammett/GettyImages

This offseason, the New England Patriots have undergone some monumental changes. Obviously, no change was bigger than when the team parted ways with former head coach Bill Belichick.

But, the organization also moved on from a former Belichick draft pick, as well, trading 2021 first-round pick Mac Jones the Jacksonville Jaguars.

New England would go on to completely renovate their quarterback room, bringing in an old friend in veteran Jacoby Brissett while also selecting North Carolina's Drake Maye at no. 3 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft.

That begs the question: will the other recent quarterback, drafted by Bill Belichick, stick around? Bailey Zappe had a fair shot at taking over the starting gig at one point, but now, he very well could find himself cut from the roster.

It makes sense for the Patriots to cut Bailey Zappe

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon made sense of the idea in a recent piece he wrote:

"Bailey Zappe started two games for New England as a rookie in 2022 and six more in 2023. Now that the Patriots have pivoted to third overall pick Drake Maye with capable veteran Jacoby Brissett as his backup, Zappe is unlikely to stick on the roster."

Let us not forget, Zappe was cut from this roster back before the 2023 regular season began. He struggled in the preseason and had some hiccups in training camp, but he eventually won over the head coach after New England ended up bringing him back.

The former head coach gave him opportunities to succeed and even sang his praises on multiple occasions. Belichick was never much of a talker, but he did give credit to Zappe when it was due.

Since being drafted out of Western Kentucky as a fourth-round pick in 2022, Zappe has started eight games and gone 4-4 in those starts for the Patriots, throwing for 2,053 yards, 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

While he's familiar with much of the roster, Zappe will fall third in line behind Brissett and Maye. It's not hard to see why he's going to be skating on thin ice, and for the Patriots to carry three quarterbacks would be very unlike this team. Could it happen? Sure.

But, for now, it's safe to assume this is the correct notion. Yet another one of Belichick's quarterback selections is likely going to see his time in New England come to an end.