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Patriots adding quarterback Will Grier to active roster

Will Grier was with the Dallas Cowboys until being released Aug. 29, and was most recently on the Bengals' practice squad.Michael Ainsworth/Associated Press

The Patriots on Thursday signed quarterback Will Grier off the Bengals’ practice squad, according to an NFL source.

The 28-year-old was taken by the Panthers in the third round of the 2019 draft out of West Virginia.

Grier, who is 6 feet 1 inch, 214 pounds, played in two regular-season games with Carolina, both in 2019, completing 28 of 52 passes for 228 yards and four interceptions. He has also been part of the Cowboys and Bengals organizations.

In New England, Grier should be part of the backup quarterback conversation with Bailey Zappe behind Mac Jones.

In a corresponding move, the Patriots moved cornerback/returner Marcus Jones to injured reserve. Jones suffered a shoulder injury in last Sunday’s loss to Miami. The 5-8, 185-pounder played in both games, registering five tackles.


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