CLEVELAND (AP) — New England Patriots rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe has made the most of the opportunity to get his name out there.
And people are learning how to say it now, too.
A little known fourth-round draft pick who played at Conference USA school Western Kentucky, Zappe — pronounced ZAPP-ee — was pushed into action two weeks ago when starter Mac Jones and veteran backup Brian Hoyer went out with injuries.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Jonnu Smith wasn’t looking for a fresh start as much as a place to burnish his reputation as one of the league’s top tight ends when he left the Tennessee Titans and signed with the New England Patriots prior to last season.
21. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-7)
LAST SEASON: The Patriots spent heavily in free agency last offseason and got great production in return from new additions Matt Judon, Davon Godchaux and Hunter Henry.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A month ago, the New England Patriots were 2-4 and appeared headed for a second straight season of irrelevance.
Four games later, they are back in a familiar spot as a playoff contender in the AFC.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Other than the sunny weather he left behind, a year later Hunter Henry is feeling just fine about his decision to leave the Los Angeles Chargers to join the New England Patriots.
HOUSTON (AP) — Trailing on the road in the fourth quarter, the New England Patriots needed Mac Jones to deliver on Sunday.
The rookie came through, throwing a touchdown pass to tie it before Nick Folk’s 21-yard field goal with 15 seconds left lifted the Patriots to a 25-22 win over the Houston Texans.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-9)
New faces: QB Mac Jones, TE Jonnu Smith, TE Hunter Henry, WR Nelson Agholor, WR Kendrick Bourne, DT Davon Godchaux, LB Matt Judon, DB Jalen Mills, DL Henry Anderson, LB Kyle Van Noy, DL Christian Barmore, DE Ronnie Perkins, special assistant Matt Patricia.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (7-9)
New faces: Coach Brandon Staley, C Corey Linsley, Gs Matt Feiler and Oday Aboushi, TE Jared Cook, QB Chase Daniel, OT Rashawn Slater, CB Asante Samuel Jr.
Key losses: TE Hunter Henry, DE Melvin Ingram, C Dan Feeney, OT Sam Tevi, G Forrest Lamp, S Rayshawn Jenkins, LB Denzel Perryman, CB Casey Hayward, G Trai Turner.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Questions and more questions.
The Patriots still have a lot of things to iron out on offense before the start of the regular season.
Cam Newton looked close to locking up the starting job at quarterback last week, but a COVID-19 testing mishap left him sidelined to begin this week.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — One of the most significant upgrades for the Patriots offense this offseason was at tight end with the additions of free agents Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.
Their production on their previous teams — 121 catches and 10 touchdowns between them over the past two seasons for the Titans and Chargers — instantly conjured up comparisons to the “Boston TE Party” tandem of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez that the Patriots had from 2010 to 2012.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (7-9)
CAMP SITE: Costa Mesa, California
LAST YEAR: The Chargers found their franchise quarterback with Justin Herbert, who was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after setting rookie records for touchdowns and 300-yard games.
BOSTON (AP) — David Andrews says he's staying in New England.
The Patriots' free agent center confirmed Sean Culkin didn't get a call. For two days after the Los Angeles Chargers' preseason camp in late August, the former Missouri tight end stayed with Hunter Henry, a former Arkansas tight end who plays with the Chargers, at his house in Huntington Beach, California.
Sean Culkin didn't get a call.
For two days after the Los Angeles Chargers' preseason camp in late August, the former Missouri tight end stayed with Hunter Henry, a former Arkansas tight end who plays with the Chargers, at his house in Huntington Beach, California.