Former CCSU quarterback Jacob Dolegala signed to New England Patriots' practice squad

Published on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 14:17


It appears Jacob Dolegala didn’t have to wait long to find his new NFL home. He’ll also get the chance to learn from one of the league’s best coaches.

The former Central Connecticut State quarterback was signed to the New England Patriots’ practice squad on Monday night, NESN’s Doug Kyed and The Athletic’s Tim Graham reported. 

Dolegala spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. The 6-foot-7 signal caller was waived during the Bengals’ final roster cuts on Sept. 5 after Cincinnati - which took LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft - also signed Brandon Allen.

Dolegala, a four-year starter for CCSU, set school records in passing yards (8,129) and passing touchdowns (48), and helped lead the school for an NEC title in 2017 - the school’s first since 2010 - as well the program’s first-ever FCS playoff berth. Despite coming from a small school, the Bengals took notice and showed an interest in the NEC product. Dolegala made the team out of training camp and spent the 2019 season on their 53-man roster, but was only active for one game.

The Patriots currently have three quarterbacks on their roster: former MVP Cam Newton, Brian Hoyer and second-year signal caller Jarrett Stidham. They have no other quarterbacks on their practice squad meaning Dolegala would serve as the team’s fourth arm.

New England must also shuffle its roster and practice squad to make room for Dolegala. The Patriots currently have two open spots on their 53-man roster, but no room on their practice squad.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, CCSU on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 14:17. Updated: Tuesday, 15 September 2020 14:19.