Bailey Zappe

American football player (born 1999)

American football player
NFL draft:2022 / Round: 4 / Pick: 137Career history
  • New England Patriots (2022–present)
Roster status:ActiveCareer highlights and awards
NCAA records
  • Most passing yards in a season: 5,967
  • Most passing touchdowns in a season (FBS): 62
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2023
Passing attempts:304
Passing completions:192
Completion percentage:63.2%
TD–INT:11–12
Passing yards:2,053
Passer rating:78.5
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Bailey Michael Zappe (/ˈzæpi/, ZAP-ee)[1] (born April 26, 1999)[2] is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played his first three seasons of college football at Houston Baptist University and used his last year of eligibility at Western Kentucky University, where he set the FBS season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns. Zappe was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Early years

Zappe grew up in Victoria, Texas, and attended Victoria East High School.[3] As a senior, he passed for 3,770 yards and 37 touchdowns, while rushing for 633 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns.[4] Zappe was not heavily recruited and committed to play college football at Houston Baptist University, which was his only scholarship offer.[5]

College career

Houston Baptist

Zappe started nine games in his first year for the Huskies at Houston Baptist, passing for 1,548 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions while rushing for two more touchdowns.[6] As a redshirt sophomore, he completed 357 of 560 passes for 3,811 yards with 35 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.[7][8] As a redshirt junior, he passed for 1,833 yards and 15 touchdowns against one interception in four games in a shortened season after the Southland Conference fall football season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Zappe entered the transfer portal after the season.[9]

Western Kentucky

Zappe committed to transfer to Western Kentucky University, following former Houston Baptist offensive coordinator Zach Kittley.[10][11] Zappe's top wide receiver at Houston Baptist, Jerreth Sterns, also transferred to Western Kentucky.[12][11] Zappe was named the Hilltoppers' starting quarterback going into the 2021 season.[13] In his first start for Western Kentucky, he passed for 424 yards and seven touchdowns in a 59–21 win over Tennessee-Martin.[14][15]

During the 2021 regular season, Zappe led the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) passing for 5,545 yards and throwing for 56 touchdowns. Before the 2021 Boca Raton Bowl, he had thrown for nearly 1,100 yards more than the second-ranked FBS quarterback (Will Rogers of Mississippi State), and was within striking distance of the FBS records for passing yardage and touchdowns, set by B. J. Symons of Texas Tech in 2003 and Joe Burrow of LSU in 2019, respectively. In the 2021 Boca Raton Bowl against the Appalachian State Mountaineers, he broke both records, finishing the season with 5,967 passing yards and 62 touchdowns.[16][a]

College statistics

Legend
FCS/FBS record
Led the Southland/C-USA
Bold Career best
Italics Led FCS/FBS
Season Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2017 Houston Baptist 150 266 56.4 1,548 5 10 103.9 81 50 0.6 2
2018 252 436 57.8 2,822 23 13 123.6 118 179 1.5 1
2019 357 560 63.8 3,811 35 15 136.2 53 0 0.0 0
2020 141 215 65.6 1,833 15 1 159.3 19 14 0.7 0
2021 Western Kentucky 476 687 69.3 5,967 62 11 167.5 51 17 0.3 3
Total 1,376 2,164 63.6 15,981 140 50 138.1 322 260 0.8 6

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 0+12 in
(1.84 m)
215 lb
(98 kg)
31+38 in
(0.80 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.88 s 1.60 s 2.74 s 4.40 s 7.19 s 30.0 in
(0.76 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
35[18]
All values from NFL Combine[19][20]

2022

The New England Patriots selected Zappe in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft with the 137th overall pick.[16] He was named the third-string quarterback for the 2022 season behind starter Mac Jones and second-string backup Brian Hoyer.[21]

When an injury rendered Jones inactive for Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers, Zappe was promoted to the second option behind Hoyer, but made his NFL debut the same game after Hoyer was injured on his first drive.[22][23] He completed 10 of 15 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in the 27–24 loss.[24] Zappe was also the first rookie to throw a touchdown pass during the season.[25] He made his starting debut the following week against the Detroit Lions, completing 17 of 21 passes for 188 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the 29–0 shutout victory.[26] After a Week 6 victory over the Cleveland Browns, during which he threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns, Zappe became the Super Bowl era's first rookie quarterback to win his first two starts and have a passer rating of at least 100 in each.[27]

Zappe was named the backup in the Week 7 Monday Night Football matchup with the Chicago Bears due to Jones' return, but relieved a struggling Jones during the second quarter.[28] He threw a touchdown pass on his first drive and led the Patriots to a touchdown on his second, but did not score again and threw two interceptions in the 33–14 defeat.[29] Zappe was retained as the team's backup behind Jones for the remainder the season.[30]

2023

On August 29, 2023, Zappe was waived by the Patriots as part of final roster cuts.[31] He was then re-signed to the team's practice squad the following day.[32] On September 9, 2023, Zappe was signed to the active roster.[33]

After making several relief appearances throughout the season, Zappe was named the starter against the Los Angeles Chargers after struggles from Mac Jones.[34] The Patriots lost 6–0 as Zappe completed 13 of 25 passes for 141 yards,[35] marking Zappe's first loss as a starter. He started the following game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, leading the Patriots to a 21–18 upset win as he passed for 3 touchdowns in the first half.[36] Zappe led the Patriots to another upset win over the Denver Broncos,[37] but struggled against the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in the Patriots' final two games of the season,[38] throwing for less than 300 yards, five interceptions and no touchdowns in those two games combined, including three interceptions in the first half of the Bills game alone.[39]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg Lng TD Sck Yds Fum Lost
2022 NE 4 2 2–0 65 92 70.7 781 8.5 53 5 3 100.9 10 0 0.0 5 0 6 40 4 3
2023 NE 10 6 2–4 127 212 59.9 1,272 6.0 48 6 9 68.8 17 83 4.9 18 1 25 191 2 1
Career 14 8 4–4 192 304 63.2 2,053 6.8 53 11 12 78.5 27 83 3.1 18 1 31 231 6 4

Notes

  1. ^ Blaine Hawkins of Central (IA) holds the NCAA record at 63.[17]

References

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