Patriots claim QB Jake Dolegala off waivers from Green Bay

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The New England Patriots showed they are constantly looking to upgrade their roster, as they made a move on the first day of training camp sessions.

New England has claimed quarterback Jake Dolegala off waivers from the Green Bay Packers, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Dolegala is no stranger to the Patriots’ locker room, however, as he spent 2020 with the team. Following the season finale against the Jets, Dolegala signed a futures contract with New England, but he was waived after Bill Belichick drafted Mac Jones in the first round.

The 24-year-old has been with three teams in his short career since going undrafted out of Central Connecticut in 2019 and has yet to see the field for game action.

The Patriots appear to have an open competition for their quarterback spot this season with Jones being the first-round pick and Cam Newton as the returning veteran.

Beyond those two, New England also has Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer in camp. However, the former is currently on the PUP list and is not participating in practices at this time. He is likely to miss extended time, per The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.

This move gives the team another camp arm who knows the system, and it doesn’t seem to be much more than that.