BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots on Wednesday reacquired quarterback Jake Dolegala, instantly leading many to wonder what that means about the status of Jarrett Stidham.
Dolegala spent last year on the Patriots’ practice squad, but was waived after the team drafted Mac Jones. He later signed with the Packers, but was waived this week, when Aaron Rodgers returned to work in Green Bay.
The Patriots claimed him, which now puts five quarterbacks on the roster in Jones, Cam Newton, Brian Hoyer, Stidham, and Dolegala.
The Patriots placed Stidham on the PUP list this week, when veterans reported to camp. Stidham was not present during the first on-field practice session on Wednesday.
Dolegala played collegiately at Central Connecticut, where he threw 16 touchdowns and six interceptions as a senior in 2018. He also rushed for 274 yards and six more touchdowns.
The addition of Dolegala could mean that one of the other four Patriots quarterbacks may not be long for the roster, or it could mean nothing at all. Such is the wonder and mystery of training camp.
This would give the Patriots five QBs. Is something brewing with Jarrett Stidham, who's on PUP and was not spotted today? https://t.co/WE64nb5U3s
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) July 28, 2021
Potentially an indication that Stidham could miss significant time. Brian Hoyer took a ton of reps today with Stidham on PUP. Another healthy arm will help for camp. https://t.co/ZWIAFsAUpQ
— Alex Barth (@RealAlexBarth) July 28, 2021
Brian Hoyer was working double time with Jarrett Stidham out on Wednesday. You have to wonder if this is related to Stidham's injury. https://t.co/g6QwrqFQ4x
— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) July 28, 2021
Dolegala’s first NFL team was the Bengals, though he didn’t see any game action.