BAILEY ZAPPE had a complete debut to remember and girlfriend Hannah Lewis loved every minute of it.
The fourth-round rookie from Western Kentucky made his NFL debut on Sunday when his New England Patriots defeated the Detroit Lions 29-0.
Watching from the stands is friend Lewis, who posted a picture of Zappe on the jumbotron with the caption: “Looks like a snack in that throwback jersey BZ [starry eyes emoji][drooling emoji]”
Marca report that the couple are high school sweethearts and recently celebrated their 5th anniversary, with Lewis posting: “Happy 5th anniversary to my skirt!!
“The first 2 ½ years together, the next 2 ½ years a long distance and now finally together again! You make every day together so valuable! I wouldn’t want to do life with anyone but you! It’s you my best friend and my better half I love you!! [heart emoji]”
And the wait was not only worth it next to the field, but also on it.
Zappe started the season as a third pick behind Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer and was pushed into the lineup against the Green Bay Packers last week with Jones already sidelined and Hoyer out with a head injury.
And with both Jones and Hoyer still unavailable, it was finally up to Zappe to show what he could do as an NFL starter.
Zappe went 17 of 21 for 188 yards, a touchdown and an interception and found a particularly strong connection with receiver Jakobi Meyers, who had 111 yards and a touchdown.
The rookie also had the luxury of a prolific running game to back him up, with Rhamondre Stevenson amassing 169 yards on the ground.
And with a debut win under his belt, Zappe is hoping he can continue to impress head coach Bill Belichick.
Belichick said after the game, “He (Zappe) does a good job of watching the game and being able to break away and identify and articulate what he saw that happened – and that’s usually correct.”
“And that goes back to preseason. He played a lot in the preseason. I think those snaps were good for him.
“He’s learned a lot; we’ve learned a lot. And I think the amount of playing time he’s had in preseason in the games that he’s played in the last two weeks definitely has some benefit.”
Depending on Jones’ status, the Cleveland Browns could line up next for Zappe on Sunday, October 16.
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