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Patriots players didn’t expect Bailey Zappe to replace Mac Jones against Bears – Boston Herald


FOXBORO — Like the rest of the near 66,000 packing Gillette Stadium on Monday night, several Patriots players were surprised to see rookie backup Bailey Zappe replace Mac Jones early in the second quarter.

“I didn’t expect,” Pats right guard Mike Onwenu said.

“Yeah, for sure,” said Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers when asked if he was surprised. “I didn’t make the call, so (I) definitely was surprised.”

Meyers also confirmed reports that Jones took most of the first-team reps during the team’s final practice on Saturday. To the best of his memory, Jones did the same on Thursday and Friday. He said it was tough to watch a player like Jones, who opened with a pair of three-and-outs and an interception, get benched while the crowd chanted “Zap-pe! Zap-pe!”

“Not even as a football player, it’s tough as a man to see somebody who worked so hard get that kind of treatment,” Meyers said. “But at the end of the day, we’re all trying to feed our families, so we’ve got to go out there and make plays for whoever’s throwing it.”

After Zappe led his first touchdown drive, Meyers appeared to encourage Jones 1-on-1 on the sideline. He called the fan reaction part of “an ugly situation.”


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