With Matt Cassel going to the Denver Broncos and starting quarterback Tom Brady injured, the New England Patriots found the depth behind Brady was unsatisfying. They are urgent for a sound No. 2 quarterback, which surely is not Kevin O'Connell.
As a former San Diego State star, O’Connell worked exclusively from the shotgun in college. His performance as Brady’s backup was just so-so, with 12 of 26 for 108 yards in three exhibitions this month. So it is surprising but reasonable that he was released by the Patriots even if the starter was injured and there was no backup ready for the following games.
At the moment the Patriots have had Andrew Walter on O’Connell’s spot. The ex-Raider, however, was not good enough, too. He was 5 of 9 for 62 yards in his only preseason action. So the Patriots are expected to go out and trade for an established backup or sign a free agent with some experience as a starter.