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Did Bailey Zappe indicate that he'll be starting quarterback for Patriots?

Bill Belichick won't name Patriots' starting quarterback for Week 13 vs. Chargers
Bill Belichick won't name Patriots' starting quarterback for Week 13 vs. Chargers 00:46

BOSTON -- Every Wednesday, reporters get to talk to the Patriots' starting quarterback. This week, reporters didn't talk to any quarterback.

The disruption to the normal media schedule was a bit suspicious, considering the uncertain state of the quarterback depth chart in New England. But with Bill Belichick being unwilling to make any proclamations about his starting quarterback, Bailey Zappe might have spilled the beans.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran said that Zappe informed approaching reporters in  the locker room Wednesday that he'll be heading to the podium to talk to them on Thursday.

If Zappe were speaking at the podium -- instead of his locker -- on Thursday, then that would likely signal that he will be the starting quarterback on Sunday.

On Thursday morning, though, WBZ-TV's Dan Roche clarified that Zappe did not say he's heading to the podium, only that he's speaking at his locker.

Regardless of the specifics, all signs are pointing to Zappe starting on Sunday.

On the practice field on Wednesday, Zappe and rookie Malik Cunningham took the only quarterback snaps in the part of practice open to the media. Mac Jones was relegated to spectator status during that portion of practice. Both Doug Kyed and Mark Daniels reported that Zappe got the majority of reps after the media departed practice, and The Athletic's Jeff Howe reported that the Patriots are preparing Zappe to start.

If Zappe does start, it will be the third of his career. He's been much better as a starter, completing 74.5 percent of his passes with three touchdowns, one interception, a 9.0-yard average per pass, and a 112.5 passer ratings. In all other appearances, he's completed just 56.5 percent of his passes with two touchdowns, four interceptions, a 5.8-yard average per pass, and a 60.3 passer rating.

Tune in to Patriots-Chargers on WBZ-TV -- the television home of the New England Patriots. We get you ready starting Wednesday night with Patriots 1st Down on TV38 at 9:30pm, with Patriots All Access airing on WBZ-TV Friday night at 7pm. WBZ is the place to be on Sunday, with Patriots GameDay kicking off coverage at 11:30am, the Pats and the Chargers set to kick off at 1pm, and Patriots 5th Quarter following the game!

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