FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots usually enter spring camps with a third quarterback and one possibility to fill that role this year, Ricky Stanzi, worked out for the club at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday.
Stanzi entered the NFL as a high fifth-round draft choice (135th overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011. The first career game in which he was active (as a backup) came against the Patriots on Nov. 21, 2011.
The 6-foot-4, 228-pound Stanzi, who played in college at Iowa, was released by the Chiefs toward the end of the preseason in 2013. He has since spent time with the Jaguars, Texans, Giants and Lions but hasn’t recorded a regular-season passing statistic.
When he was coming out of the 2011 draft, Stanzi was identified as a Patriots-type fit, and he had spent time working with the late Tom Martinez, who was Tom Brady’s longtime throwing coach.
The Patriots currently have just Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo on the quarterback depth chart. With the possibility that the NFL could win its appeal in court, and possibly suspend Brady for four games in 2016, layering the depth chart could take on added importance this year, whether it’s a player like Stanzi or a draft pick.