Theoretically speaking, the end of an NFL Draft should also signal the completion of the so-called “dumb season” portion of the league schedule. This time, there are often wild rumors about trades and other deals that seem more likely to happen on an edition of “Madden” than in real life.
That was not the case in at least one professional football market on the first Monday in May.
The New England Patriots looked up last weekend when they passed the No. 137 overall pick, a fourth-round pick, over Western Kentucky quarterback Bailey Zappe, even whether New England has 2021 rookie Mac Jones comfortably atop the depth chart this spring. It was then suggested on Monday’s edition of WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” that Jones may now be on a “short leash” with Zappe on the roster.
It should be noted that the thought process behind such a take may be somewhat understandable. In conversation with reporters at the league’s annual meetings in late March, Patriots owner Robert Kraft explained that the 2022 season “will be very revealing” regarding Jones’ future.
“I’m very happy with what I saw. But it’s been a great year, year two,” Kraft added of Jones at the time.
However, NFL Network’s Mike Giardi and SB Nation’s Bernd Buchmasser were among those who were quick to pour cold water on the idea that Zappe will soon wash away all clichés of a healthy Jones: