When the New England Patriots selected Mac Jones with the 15th overall pick in the NFL Draft last week, the entire quarterback room for the team was shaken. Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham were no longer assured of the top two places on the depth table, while third player Jake Dolegala was pushed onto the thinnest ice imaginable.
Unsurprisingly, the Patriots parted ways with their former practice passer just one day after bringing in Jones: Dolegala was exposed to the waiver thread a day later. While this gave other teams the chance to get him back, none jumped and the 24-year-old entered unrestricted free agency without any claims.
Dolegala initially entered the league as a rookie free agent signing by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2019. Although he was on the team’s 53-player roster, he never appeared in a game. real and was fired before entering his second season. The Central Connecticut product eventually ended up in New England and spent the majority of its 2020 campaign on the team’s practice squad.
Dolegala signed a forward contract in January, but only lasted three more months before his release. While he can revert to speed dialing, the Patriots are not expected to bring him back unless they need another scout team QB.