New England Patriots helmet during the game against New Orleans Saints during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Corral is back with the New England Patriots, the latest chapter in a bizarre saga involving the second-year quarterback.

Doug Kyed of the Boston Herald reported Tuesday that the Patriots have signed Corral to their practice squad. That move comes a day after the team waived the quarterback. And Monday’s decision to waive Corral came less than three weeks after the Pats claimed him off waivers from the Carolina Panthers.

Corral cleared waivers, with no other NFL team wanting to take a chance on the former Ole Miss star.

Hopefully, Corral’s second chance with the Patriots goes smoother than his first stint. The quarterback left the team on Sept. 9 and didn’t report for two days. The Patriots then placed him on the exempt/left squad list. Head coach Bill Belichick refused to clarify the issue at the time, saying, “He’s on exempt status. I don’t have any comment on it. That’s a personal matter.”

Corral, who had a much-publicized battle with depression while in college, has yet to throw a pass in a regular-season game. He spent all of the 2022 season on IR.

The Patriots have obviously seen enough of Corral — and know enough about his situation — to feel he deserves another chance.

Still, fans were surprised by the latest twist in the Patriots-Corral story.

[Doug Kyed, Boston Herald]

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