Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke didn’t hear his name called during the 2020 NFL Draft this past weekend, but he’s still getting an opportunity to prove he belongs at the next level.
On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Lewerke has agreed to an undrafted free agent deal with the New England Patriots. He’s one of several former Spartans who did not get selected during the draft but has signed a free agent contract.
Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke, an undrafted free agent, is signing with the Patriots, per his agent @MikeMcCartney7.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 26, 2020
Lewerke threw for 3,079 yards in 2019, along with 17 touchdowns and a 59.6-percent completion rate. However, the MSU starter struggled with his accuracy at times, throwing 13 interceptions on the year. The Spartans ended the season 7-6.
Lewerke was a three-year starter at Michigan State, and while he had plenty of successful outings during his career, he battled injuries and dealt with a struggling offensive line. Those factors halted Lewerke’s growth as a quarterback over the years, but he’s still shown flashes of being a potential NFL quarterback.
In his career at Michigan State, Lewerke threw for 8,293 yards and rushed for an additional 1,255 yards. He accounted 58 total touchdowns in East Lansing and maintained a 57.7 percent completion rate for his career.