Drake Maye Open to Joe Milton’s Throwing Competition in Patriots’ New QB Room – NBC Sports Boston

Drake Maye Open to Joe Milton’s Throwing Competition in Patriots’ New QB Room – NBC Sports Boston

The New England Patriots quarterback room will look very different in 2024 – both from a personnel standpoint and from a physical attributes standpoint.

Are Mac Jones (traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars) and Nathan Rourke (released), with Bailey Zappe also a candidate to be traded or released. There’s veteran Jacoby Brissett (signed in free agency) and two rookies, UNC’s Drake Maye (No. 3 overall pick) and Tennessee’s Joe Milton (No. 193 overall pick).

Maye was touted as one of the strongest passers in the 2024 NFL Draft class, but the Patriots added the only rookie QB who could throw harder in Milton, whose rocket arm is the stuff of legend.

Maye told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak and Bertrand On Tuesday, he looks forward to working with (and competing against) Milton and Brissett, who were teammates on the Washington Commanders last season with Maye’s former UNC teammate Sam Howell.

“Jacoby reached out to me and I got to know him pretty well through Sam (Howell), so he’s been great,” Maye said, as seen in the video player above. “I just can’t wait to start working with him. Obviously I’ve known Joe Milton since college, I see him around camps and at Manning Camp and other times you run into him.

“So I’m looking forward to being in this room. I think we have a great room, so I’m just excited to be with these guys and compete.”

Could one area where Maye and Milton clash be in the “stronger arm” category? When co-host Scott Zolak proposed the idea of ​​a throwing competition between the two rookies, Maye seemed up to the challenge.

“Joe can throw it now. But hey, I’m not going to turn it down now. I’m not going to turn it down,” Maye replied.

Milton would probably be favored in this competition, but we respect Maye’s competitive spirit. And while the 21-year-old doesn’t have the strongest arm in the room, he’s committed to being the best prepared.

Patriots quarterback Drake Maye joined “Zolak & Bertrand” to discuss whether or not he knew New England was drafting him all along, and what he’s been working on since becoming a Patriot.

“The most important thing is to be detailed,” Maye said when asked what he was working on before his first NFL training camp. “With (offensive coordinator Alex) Van Pelt’s offense, knowing all the details first — I think going in like a deer in headlights as a rookie is not smart.

“So, refining that and really learning to study it, knowing it and being able to relearn it to someone – that’s how much I learn things; being able to relearn it to someone, that’s That’s when I really want to, you know, so fine-tuning that and being really detailed in the playbook and the formations, all the moves, all the little things.

Check out Maye’s full interview with Zolak and Bertrand in the YouTube video below.