Reports: Patriots re-sign undrafted rookie QB

Andy Hart
July 30, 2020 - 3:00 pm

Just days after cutting the undrafted rookie passer, the Patriots have reportedly re-signed former Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke.

The signing was first reported by the Lansing State Journal and has since been confirmed by others.

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After initially cutting their roster down from the traditional 90-man offseason limit, Lewerke could be the first of a handful of New England re-signings in light of the decision by six veteran Patriots players to opt out of the 2020 season due to concerns regarding the coronavirus.

Lewerke rejoins a Patriots quarterback depth chart just before the start of training camp that includes veterans Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham and fellow Michigan State alum Brian Hoyer.

The 6-3, 216-pound Lewerke had an up and down career at Michigan State, but according to rival Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown, the Patriots have reason to hope the young passer may have developmental upside.

“I think he’s pretty good,” Brown said of Lewerke after the young QB signed with the Patriots this spring. “The guy obviously, strong arm, good movement skills. I thought he had a good feel for what they wanted him to do. He made one throw over the middle that I remember and I’m like, ‘Damn, that’s a hell of a throw.’ You know what I mean? Like he leaned on it and it was a fastball, baby. The word on the street on the kid is that he’s a great kid, great team leader. Hard working guy. I was always concerned when we were playing him, he had my attention, that’s for sure.

“That’s an interesting guy to take, for sure. Good body, too.”

In this weird offseason leading into what will be an even stranger training camp, the Patriots have apparently decided that Lewerke is indeed an interesting guy they would like to take another look at.

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