Patriots waive backup QBs Bailey Zappe, Malik Cunningham, reports say

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tuesday is roster cutdown day across the NFL, where teams have to trim their roster to 53 players by the 4 p.m. deadline.

These days usually come with a few surprises, and things are no different in Foxborough.

The New England Patriots waived backup quarterback Bailey Zappe and third-stringer Malik Cunningham, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

Zappe appeared in 2 games during the 2022 season, going 2-0 and throwing 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. However, his play diminished this past preseason, throwing for only 1 touchdown in 3 games.

Cunningham went undrafted but signed with the Patriots back in April after a lengthy college career at Louisville. Cunningham was a bright spark in the preseason, lining up at both wide receiver and quarterback.

The cuts come as a surprise to many, as this leaves Mac Jones as the only quarterback on the roster, with no reports of corresponding quarterback moves in New England.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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