As the New England Patriots brace for the absence of Tom Brady, following a four game suspension, they turn to underrated backup, Matt Flynn, signing him to fill in the gap.
The New England Patriots are gearing up for the first quarter of the next season, and have signed underrated back-up quarterback Matt Flynn to stand in the gap for a four-game suspended Tom Brady.
While a hearing with Roger Goodell is pending for June 23rd, and may see the suspension reduced by a few games, or not, the Pats are taking no chances. With their only other option found in second-year pro Jimmy Garoppolo, the Pats can easily fill the gap with the talents of Flynn.
They had to make some roster changes first, of course. Those were found by parting ways with quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who was on the practice squad for the St. Louis Rams last year.
Flynn was originally selected by Green Bay in a seventh round pick back in 2008. He would not start until Dec. 19, 2010, against New England, ironically. During that game, which is likely why he was signed by the New England, he passed for 24 out of 37, accounting for 251 yards, three touchdowns and only one pick. The Pats went on to win that outing by 31-27.
Following a four-year stint in Green Bay, Flynn was signed to Seattle in 2012 for $26 million and three years. But Russell Wilson upset him by winning over the starting job at QB, which saw Flynn traded to Oakland in 2013.
He was released from Oakland in October and then signed to the Bills. After a short stint there, he signed again with Green Bay. During his last season with Green Bay, he passed for 8-16 with 66 yards, no TDs and one interception during seven games where he backed up all-star QB Aaron Rodgers.
To-date, he’s completed 219 of 357 passes for 2,541 yards with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Notably, he’s the best back-up shot that New England has without their all-star, four-ring-holding starter, Tom Brady, holding the reigns during the first four games of this new NFL season.