Michigan State Football: Brian Lewerke getting another shot with Patriots

Brian Lewerke, Michigan State football (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Brian Lewerke, Michigan State football (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Not long after being let go by the Patriots as one of a handful of cuts, former Michigan State football star Brian Lewerke is getting another shot.

Brian Lewerke’s run as a backup quarterback for the New England Patriots was short-lived. After being picked up as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2020 NFL Draft, he was cut by the Patriots just last week.

It was a tough hit for the former Michigan State star as he went from a projected early-rounder after his sophomore year to undrafted after his senior year.

This fall from grace was tough to watch and it was avoidable because he was forced into the starting lineup even with a shoulder injury. That crushed his confidence and he had a terrible junior year with more interceptions than touchdowns.

Lewerke bounced back as a senior and threw for 3,000 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Getting picked up by a Patriots team that was looking for quarterbacks seemed like a dream scenario as Tom Brady had just left for Tampa Bay and Jarrett Stidham was the projected starter.

Then the Patriots picked Cam Newton up and the organization decided to let Lewerke go as part of a first round of cuts before the season.

On Wednesday, they had a change of heart and brought the former Spartan back to New England.

This is a huge development for the rookie quarterback who’s just trying to catch on with a team and he could work his way into a third-string spot behind Newton and Stidham.

While nothing is set in stone, it seems like the Patriots liked the former Spartan too much to let him walk to another team to try and make a roster. He may inevitably work out as a practice squad player but it’s looking like he’ll get a fair shot in New England after all.

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