After several grueling months, the NFL is back this week with the start of the preseason. The Patriots don’t take to the field until a date with the Houston Texans on Thursday, Aug. 10, but that hasn’t stopped the fanbase from wondering how the exhibition slate will unfold.
While the preseason is relatively meaningless, it’s a chance for players to prove themselves. Whether it’s a fresh-faced rookie or a veteran on his last legs, it’s entertaining about watching these warriors fight for their jobs.
The Patriots need to have a strong showing this preseason after missing the playoffs twice in the last three years. Whether they rise to the occasion or not, here are three bold predictions for New England’s preseason.
Bold Patriots Preseason Predictions
1. Trace McSorley Doesn’t Survive Cut
The Patriots added to their quarterback depth this offseason by signing Trace McSorley to a one-year deal. However, just because he’s a fairly new acquisition doesn’t mean he’s impervious to being cut.
The truth is that the former 2019 sixth-rounder’s play doesn’t inspire much confidence. He made one start across six appearances with the Arizona Cardinals in 2022, going 45-of-83 (54.2%) in the pocket for 412 passing yards and five interceptions and a 42.8 QB rating.
It isn’t even like the Patriots need McSorley to be anything more than a warm preseason body.
Behind starting QB Mac Jones, New England already has Bailey Zappe and Malik Cunningham. Zappe won both of his 2022 starts, proving his reliability, while Cunningham is a 24-year-old undrafted rookie who likely has more upside than McSorley at this point.
And if Bill Belichick is set on having at least one veteran QB presence, there’ll likely be better options out there once teams start making roster cuts.
Either way, don’t count on McSorley sticking on the roster much longer.