The New England Patriots have changed their quarterback room. Like first reported by Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus, the team decided to free Jake Dolegala to bring their group of quarterbacks back to four players.
Dolegala arrived in New England two weeks ago when the Patriots claimed him on waivers from the Green Bay Packers. Since then, the 24-year-old has been the fourth passer behind Cam Newton, Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer.
His two-week tenure with the Patriots was his second stint with the organization. Dolegala, who entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2019, initially arrived in New England via the club’s practice team last September. With the exception of a four-day spell in November, Dolegala spent the remainder of his sophomore year in the NFL on the Patriots development roster.
The Patriots have decided to retain Dolegala via a reserve / futures contract after his season ends in early January. He stayed with the club until the end of April, when he was fired after Jones was selected in the first round of the draft. The Central Connecticut State product then spent two months in Green Bay.
Although he participated in all ten Patriots training camp practices after his return, Dolegala saw only limited opportunities in full-team drills. His release should therefore not be taken as a surprise.
He was just a camp arm, and the writing was on the wall even with compatriot QB Jarrett Stidham remaining on the roster physically unable to play after undergoing back surgery.
It remains to be seen how the Patriots will occupy Dolegala’s place on the roster. One option would be third-year quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, who was among a group of players recently recruited for practice.