Undrafted Patriots QB D’Eriq King to try receiver, running back, ‘a bit of everything’
Could D’Eriq King become the next converted New England Patriots quarterback? He will try, at least.
The former Miami quarterback, who signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent this weekend, spoke to Pro Football Network about the role he could play in New England and said the Patriots director of player personnel Matt Groh told him he would play quarterback, running back and receiver, “a bit of everything.”
“I’m excited, it’s good,” King told Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson. “I was a little nervous because of the unknown, but I had the chance to sign with a team like the Patriots. I am grateful for the opportunity. It was an exciting time. I spoke to Matt Groh, and he was excited. I am grateful for the opportunity. He told me I would do a bit of everything – receiver, quarterback, running back – whatever I can do to stay.
“Absolutely, definitely motivated to prove my worth. I’m just excited to play football, period. I’m definitely motivated and you have a chip on your shoulder whether you get drafted or not. I’ve been a quarterback all my life, but I think I can also be a really good receiver.
The 5-foot-8 quarterback was an athletic, dual-threat player in college, but heads to the NFL with size issues affecting his prospects as a passer. King reportedly worked with the Patriots before the draft “with an emphasis on his quarterbacking skills.” However, both the team and the player seem to have an open mind about what role King could play in New England.
The Patriots have had success in the past converting quarterbacks in various positions. The most famous case is that of Julian Edelman, who went from quarterback at Kent State to star receiver in New England. Meanwhile, Jakobi Meyers was a high school quarterback who became a catcher in college.
King comes to the NFL with exciting athleticism, showcasing his skills as a runner with Miami — and as well as Houston before transferring programs.
King heads to New England as a long shot to make the roster, but could be in the mix to be an exciting underdog story in training camp in a few months.