Bill Belichick guarding QB decision ahead of Giants game

Even with frequent losses, Bill Belichick’s closely guarded approach hasn’t softened.

Belichick on Friday declined to say who will start at quarterback for the Patriots (2-8) on Sunday against the Giants.

“I told everyone to be ready,” Belichick said in response to questions from four different quarterbacks.

Mac Jones started the first 10 games but was benched three times, including the most recent game before the bye week.

Bailey Zappe, who threw the game-winning interception in relief of Jones against the Colts, is second on the depth chart, but competition likely also includes third-stringer Will Grier and fourth-stringer Malik Cunningham. Seem.

Jones may have let a secret slip earlier this week when he was asked if he planned to start.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks on the field during an NFL football practice.

“I hope so,” Jones said. “I think that’s the plan.”

Belichick claimed his reason for not revealing his starters was not to gain a competitive advantage, but to avoid having to review the depth chart at every position with reporters.

That sounds like an obvious lie.

Mac Jones has had some scuffles this season.

“Sometimes we perform differently, but I think all of our players can do what we ask them to do,” Belichick said. “Obviously we just need to execute more consistently.”

The Giants had the second-highest batting average in the NFL (40.1 percent of snaps), which led them to lean toward Jones’ experience (41 career starts) over Zappe (two games), Grier (two games), and Cunningham. It seems that there is a possibility (zero).

Giants head coach Brian Daboll, a longtime Patriots assistant, can’t crack Belichick’s code better than anyone, so he went all the way back to the 2019 film to prepare.

Bailey Zappe recently came in as a reliever for Mac Jones.
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“Obviously we’re monitoring the attack plan,” Daboll said. “That changes from week to week, too. I’ve watched every game they all played in pro football and every game they played in college.”

DT Dexter Lawrence (hamstring) missed practice this week and is listed as questionable on the final injury report.

He said he was injured while rushing the quarterback for a touchdown on Isiah Simmons’ interception return with 17 seconds left in last week’s win.

“When I turned the corner, I thought I had a seizure,” Lawrence said. “But it seems like it went a little beyond that.”

New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence II celebrates after being sacked during the second quarter of a game against the Washington Commanders at FedEx Field.
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Lawrence has missed just one of his 76 career games due to a positive COVID-19 test in 2020.

He’s been in a pool, treadmill, and underwater treadmill as part of his rehabilitation.

“I always want to be ready and give my team a chance to win,” Lawrence said. “That’s what I’m fighting for. We’ll see how I feel before the game. I’m getting better and better. It was really tough at first, but I’ve been getting better throughout the week.”

WR Darius Slayton (neck) is listed as questionable, as is running back Eric Gray (ankle). RT Evan Neal (ankle) is out.

Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson has been released from concussion protocol, allowing him to return after missing the past two games.

The Giants flip-flopped their kicker, promoting Randy Bullock to the active roster after exhausting three squad promotions in practice, and re-signing Cade York, who joins practice via waivers.

Bullock has made 2 of 2 field goals and 6 of 6 PATs since replacing injured Graham Gano (knee).