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Patriots rookie QB Bailey Zappe hoping to make an impression Thursday: ‘It’s important for everybody, especially us rookies’

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 8/9/2022 Matt Vautour, masslive.com

FOXBOROUGH — Bailey Zappe will get his formal introduction to New England fans Thursday night when the Patriots host the New York Giants at 7 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in both teams’ preseason opener.

Reserve quarterbacks regularly see plenty of action in preseason games and Zappe should see his share against the Giants. He’ll shed his training camp No. 55 jersey for a still-to-be-determined quarterback number. Regardless of how much playing time Bill Belichick wants to give Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer to work on their new offense against a live opponent, Zappe could see a lot of second-half snaps.

“I’m really to get out there with my teammates and coaches, sling the ball around and have fun,” Zappe said. “Let’s play some ball. I’ve been asking everybody that’s been in the NFL for a while, what to expect and how to prepare.”

It’ll be his first time lining up consistently under center in a game after playing in spread offenses in college at Houston Baptist and Western Kentucky.

“I actually enjoy it. Of course, there’s a learning curve going under center. I’ve gotten really comfortable with it. It’s something I’ll continue to work on,” Zappe said.

Since they spent a fourth-round pick on him, Zappe is on pretty good footing to make the New England Patriots roster out of camp, but many of the players he lines up with could be competing for a job.

“It’s important for everybody, especially us rookies. It’ll be our first game,” he said. “Get out there, play together and get that camaraderie down and play ball. ... It just goes down the line of doing my job. That’s what we all plan on doing on Thursday, doing our job and figuring out the rest.”

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