Breer: Why Bill Belichick didn’t release Matt Corral originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Matt CorralHis stint on the New England Patriots’ 53-man roster was short-lived, as placed on exempt/left team list a few days after joining the team. However, it’s worth noting that Bill Belichick and Co. opted not to release the 24-year-old quarterback.
Corral He allegedly left the Patriots without warningprompting backup QB Bailey Zappe to rejoin the roster ahead of Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The circumstances of Corral’s absence are unclear, but the MMQB’s Albert Breer offered an explanation for why Belichick decided not to fully release him.
“Another person told me that Bill did this to be fair to the kid because he had been through a lot,” Breer said on NBC Sports Boston. Patriots pregame live. “It’s well documented why he fell in the 2022 draft. Some people saw him as a first-round talent. He ends up going late in the third round and it was largely due to incidents in high school, some of the problems he had early in college.
“To say the least, this is a very delicate situation right now for the Patriots, and I think out of respect for everything that Matt Corral has been through over the last six or seven years, Bill Belichick decided not to release him yet, to release him. “He’s on the left team’s roster so they can get more information about where he is and how he’s doing.”
The exempt/left list allowed the Patriots to open up a roster spot without having to release Corral. The former Carolina Panthers quarterback cannot sign with another team until the designation is lifted, although he can return to the Patriots at any time.
Zappe will reprise his role as Mac Jones‘ substitute for the Patriots’ season opener against the Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 pm ET at Gillette Stadium.