Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe reached out to the suitable particular person on the lowest level of his soccer profession.
Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who was doing coloration commentary on the Patriots’ 26-23 win over the Broncos for NFL Network on Christmas Eve stated Sunday evening that Zappe had texted him earlier this season.
“Did you ever have those times where you wondered if you belonged in the league?” Zappe requested Warner.
Zappe had been minimize by the Patriots on the finish of the summer time after struggling in coaching camp and the preseason. It took 12 weeks for Zappe to beat out Mac Jones for the Patriots’ beginning quarterback job, and now he’s 2-2 after Sunday’s win.
During their manufacturing assembly this week, Zappe instructed Warner, “I’m in a better spot right now.”
Warner’s story is well-told, however he went undrafted out of Northern Iowa in 1994 and performed within the Arena Football League earlier than getting a possibility with the then-St. Louis Rams in 1998. The subsequent season, Warner took over as starter and went on to win Super Bowl XXXIV.
Zappe mirrored on that change with Warner after the sport.
“That was right after I got cut. At that point in time, that was the worst thing I’ve ever had happen to me in my football career,” Zappe stated. “Me and him have built a relationship at the combine and everything to where I texted him because I know he’s been through a lot. It hasn’t been a very easy career for him coming into the league. He had to do a lot of things and overcome a lot of adversity. I just reached out to him and picked his brain about it. I’m glad I have someone like that outside of course my coaches that I go to that I can pick their brain.”
Zappe has led the Patriots to 2 of their 4 wins in simply 4 begins. The Patriots beat the Steelers on the highway in Pittsburgh with Zappe underneath heart and in Denver on Sunday evening.
“It’s part of it. You learn. I understand it,” Zappe stated of being minimize in August. “Back then, the decision was made, I respect it and everything, but if I had a time machine, of course I’d go back and change everything, but you don’t, so now we’re here. I’m going to be where my feet are and enjoy this win and enjoy the game-winning kick Chad (Ryland) made.”
This was Zappe’s first game-winning drive of his NFL profession. He was 25-of-33 for 256 yards with two touchdowns. It was all uphill after he was strip-sacked on the Patriots’ very first offensive play of the sport.
It’s unclear what Zappe’s profession holds in New England or the NFL, however he has confirmed over the past 4 weeks that he does belong within the league.
The Patriots have two extra video games this season towards the Bills and Jets.