Patriots Sign QB Even Bigger Than Cam Newton

Getty Jake Dolegala

While he’s not going to push Cam Newton for the starting quarterback spot, its noticeable when the New England Patriots sign a 6-foot-7 quarterback.

Earlier this week, the Patriots inked giant Central Connecticut product, Jake Dolegala to a contract and added him to the team’s practice squad.

Newton, who is 6-foot-5, is one of the bigger quarterbacks in the league, but Dolegala might make him look a bit little small.

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Where Is Dolegala From?

Dolegala played for four years at Central Connecticut. As a senior in 2018, he completed 61% of his passes, threw for 2,221 yards and 16 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He wasn’t drafted in 2019, but was a part of the Cincinnati Bengals’ camp this year and in 2019 where he performed well.

During the 2019 preseason, Dolegala completed 37-of-61 passes for 347 yards and 2 touchdowns. There was some thought he could be a developmental prospect in Cincinnati, but once the team drafted Joe Burrow No. 1 overall in 2020, it was clear Dolegala was expendable, even as an option to supply depth.

The Patriots must have had an eye on him last year and in 2020 because they brought him in to be a part of the practice squad.

What Role Is He Going to Play on the Practice Squad?

For now, Dolegala is just on the practice squad to provide some depth. He is the only quarterback on the practice squad with the team having released Brian Lewerke. If for no other reason, Dolegala gives the Patriots a young player who can learn their system and continue to give wide receiver prospects like Devin Ross and Isaiah Zuber some work.

Could He Be a Developmental Quarterback?

With his height, strong arm and solid decision-making, Dolegala has some potential. However, he’d need to really show himself to be quite the quick study for him to make a big enough of a mark with the team to justify any level of security. To be honest, I’d be surprised if he was still a part of the team, in any capacity, by the end of the season.

Perhaps he’ll be a surprise and push Jarrett Stidham as the best young quarterback on the roster.

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