Will Grier is the latest quarterback to sign with the New England Patriots, as the team continues to play musical chairs with the position. Starter Mac Jones was the only QB remaining when the final 53-man roster was announced. The Patriots have since signed Bailey Zappe, Malik Cunningham, Matt Corral and Ian Book in attempt to find a QB2 in Foxboro, with Grier the latest option.
Grier was an outstanding college quarterback. After transferring from Florida to West Virginia, he became a huge success with the Mountaineers. In his two years as the WVU starting QB, Grier threw 71 touchdown passes against 20 interceptions. His outstanding senior season helped him to a fourth place finish in the 2018 Heisman Trophy voting.
In the 2019 NFL Draft, Will Grier was selected in the third round (#100 overall) by the Carolina Panthers. He remained with the Panthers for two seasons, getting two stars as a rookie. Grier struggled as a starter, completing 53.8% of his passes for 228 yards. He threw no touchdowns and four interceptions. Those two starts are the only NFL game action Grier has seen to date.
After being cut by Carolina before the 2021 season, Grier signed with the Dallas Cowboys. He remained on their roster for two seasons, bouncing between the practice squad and 53-man roster. At the end of training camp this season, Grier was waived by the Cowboys and signed with the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad. He is now a member of the New England Patriots.
The transaction was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Shefter. It is believed cornerback Marcus Jones is being moved to Injured Reserve to make room on the roster for Will Grier.