Patriots sign 15 to practice squad as Belichick’s gamble pays off

Oct 30, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick before the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots signed 15 players to their practice squad yesterday. Of the 15, 14 of them were players they released on Tuesday. The list includes quarterbacks Bailey Zappe and Malik Cunningham who among the players cut on Tuesday.

Here is the full list of the players who were   signed to the practice squad. 

S Joshuah Bledsoe, TE Pharaoh Brown, QB Malik Cunningham, OL James Ferentz, LB Joe Giles-Harris, RB Kevin Harris, RB Ty Montgomery II, LB Calvin Munson, LB Ronnie Perkins, WR Thyrick Pitts, OL Kody Russey, TE Matt Sokol, OL Andrew Stueber, P Corliss Waitman and QB Bailey Zappe.

Brown is the only player that was not with the Patriots. The six year NFL veteran has played for Bill O’Brien before in Houston so he is familiar with the offense and could be a good complement to Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki.

Belichick gambled on Tuesday and it paid off. He had no choice given the current situation of the offensive line. Cutting two quarterbacks and two running backs is far from ideal but it was the only way he could keep extra bodies up front along the offensive line.

Of the 11 offensive lineman that made the 53 man roster, only seven of them will actually be active for games. Belichick kept four additional lineman so he can have additional bodies on the practice squad.

It was a move of desperation but one that had to be made. The Patriots have too many issues along the offensive line. Issues that have forced the team to add more depth at guard and tackle.

Belichick put together this offensive line so he deserves to get some of the blame for the lack of talent and experience. Despite that, give him some credit for thinking outside the box. He put together an insulated roster, one that now has more depth thanks to his gamble.

We will see if his plan works long term.