It appears Jacob Dolegala didnâ€™t have to wait long to find his new NFL home. Heâ€™ll also get the chance to learn from one of the leagueâ€™s best coaches.
The former Central Connecticut State quarterback was signed to the New England Patriotsâ€™ practice squad on Monday night, NESNâ€™s Doug Kyed and The Athleticâ€™s Tim Graham reported.Â
Dolegala spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. The 6-foot-7 signal caller was waived during the Bengalsâ€™ final roster cuts on Sept. 5 after Cincinnati - which took LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft - also signed Brandon Allen.
Dolegala, a four-year starter for CCSU, set school records in passing yards (8,129) and passing touchdowns (48), and helped lead the school for an NEC title in 2017 - the schoolâ€™s first since 2010 - as well the programâ€™s first-ever FCS playoff berth. Despite coming from a small school, the Bengals took notice and showed an interest in the NEC product. Dolegala made the team out of training camp and spent the 2019 season on their 53-man roster, but was only active for one game.
The Patriots currently have three quarterbacks on their roster: former MVP Cam Newton, Brian Hoyer and second-year signal caller Jarrett Stidham. They have no other quarterbacks on their practice squad meaning Dolegala would serve as the teamâ€™s fourth arm.
New England must also shuffle its roster and practice squad to make room for Dolegala. The Patriots currently have two open spots on their 53-man roster, but no room on their practice squad.
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