Bailey Zappe assesses his preseason performance after loss to Titans originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Zappe started the preseason finale and completed eight of 15 pass attempts for 57 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Perhaps most concerning was Zappe's ball security. He fumbled three times and lost one of them.
Zappe played in all three preseason games and got by far the most reps of any QB on the depth chart. Here's how he fared in those matchups.
vs. Texans: 12-of-14, 79 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
vs. Packers: 10-of-22, 117 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
vs. Titans: 8-of-15, 57 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Overall: 30-of-51 (58.8 percent) for 253 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, five sacks, one fumble lost
In fairness to Zappe, it's difficult to make a really accurate assessment of his preseason performance because the offensive line didn't do him any favors. He was constantly under pressure in these games, and that was definitely the case against the Titans.
But still, his decision making was a little too slow and the accuracy was off at times.
How does Zappe view where he's at after three preseason games?
"Of course, you can be in a lot better position every time you look at the film and look back at every game," Zappe said in his postgame press conference Friday.
"There's always going to be things you could have done better and you could have fixed. Today is one of those games for me. We'll get back tomorrow or whenever and learn from those mistakes and move on."
All teams have to trim their rosters down to 53 players by Tuesday, Aug. 29, and Zappe is still the favorite to be the backup quarterback in New England.
It's important not to overreact too much to preseason performance, but Zappe didn't improve his stock much, if at all, over the course of the summer with his play.