Patriots sign familiar quarterback to practice squad to back up Bailey Zappe

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With their quarterback situation potentially looking dire heading into this weekend's game against the New York Giants, the Patriots are turning to an old friend at quarterback.

No, not that one.

New England is reportedly signing veteran journeyman Garrett Gilbert to the practice squad, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero.

This will be the former 2014 sixth-round pick's third stint with the team. He signed with the Patriots in 2014 after being cut by the then-St. Louis Rams, who drafted him. Gilbert was on the Patriots' 2014 Super Bowl Champion squad.

He returned to New England's practice squad in 2021 but was signed by the Washington Football Team in December when Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen ended up on the COVID-19 reserve list. He made his second career start for the Football Team four days after signing, passing for 194 yards and completing 20 of 31 attempts against the Philadelphia Eagles.

His lone other start game in 2020 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, throwing for 243 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a close loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Assuming Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer are unavailable this week, Gilbert would likely serve as the backup quarterback for rookie Bailey Zappe against the Detroit Lions.