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While he’s not going to push Cam Newton for the starting quarterback spot, its noticeable when the New England Patriots sign a 6’7″ quarterback.

Earlier this week, the Patriots inked giant Central Connecticut product Jake Dolegala to a contract and added him to the team’s practice squad.

The Patriots have signed former Bengals QB Jake Dolegala to their practice squad. Quality move for the St. Francis High grad.

— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) September 15, 2020

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Bengals signing UDFA QB, Jake Dolegala. . Solid pickup. Didn’t know about him until late in the draft process, but he’s slowly grown on me. He’s got good size and arm strength and his accuracy is pretty good. He also met with the Bengals not too long before the draft.

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Dolegala played for four years at Central Connecticut. As a senior in 2018, he completed 61 percent of his passes, threw for 2,221 yards and 16 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He wasn’t drafted in 2019, but was a part of the Cincinnati Bengals’ camp this year and in 2019 where he performed well.

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During the 2019 preseason, Dolegala completed 37-of-61 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns. There was some thought he could be a developmental prospect in Cincinnati, but once the team drafted Joe Burrow No. 1 overall in 2020, it was clear even if it was just to supply depth, Dolegala was expendable.

The Patriots must have had an eye on him last year and in 2020 because they brought him in to be a part of the practice squad.

What Role is He Going to Play on the Practice Squad?

For now, Dolegala is just on the practice squad to provide some depth. For now, he is the only quarterback on the practice squad with the team having released Brian Lewerke. If for no other reason, Dolegala gives the Patriots a young player who can learn their system and continue to give wide receiver prospects like Devin Ross and Isaiah Zuber some work.

Could He Be a Developmental Quarterback?

At 6’7″ and with his strong arm and solid decision making, Dolegala has some potential. However, he’d need to really show himself to be quite the quickstudy for him to make a big enough mark with the team to justify any level of security. To be honest, I’d be surprised if he was still a part of the team, in any capacity, by the end of the season.

Perhaps he’ll be a surprise and push Jarrett Stidham as the best young quarterback on the roster.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new law in California lets more people than almost anywhere else in the country take up to three months off from work to care for a family member thanks in part to a nursing mother who brought her baby to work with her on the final day of the state legislative session to vote for it.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law on Thursday about two weeks after it squeaked through the state Legislature just minutes before a midnight deadline. It passed in part because Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, a Democrat from Oakland, returned to the Legislature from her maternity leave to vote for it after her request to vote by proxy was denied by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. He later apologized to Wicks.

Wicks’ cast her vote with her baby by her side. A video of her bringing her baby onto the Assembly floor was alter widely shared on social media.

“I wanted to be casting that vote,” she said. “With my daughter by my side, that felt very important.”

California was the first state to let people take up to 12 weeks off from work to care for a family member while still getting paid a portion of their salary. The money comes from disability insurance taxes the workers pay.

But since that law took effect in 2004, many people who work for smaller companies haven’t used it because they are not guaranteed to keep their jobs. In most cases, state and federal law only protect jobs for people who work at companies with at least 50 employees.

The law Newsom signed Thursday extends those job protections to companies with at least five employees. The law is one of the most expansive in the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has only further revealed the need for a family leave policy that truly serves families and workers, especially those who keep our economy running,” Newsom said in a news release.

California already allows women to take up to four months of unpaid leave for pregnancy disability. But it’s rare for women to take the full four months because they must have had a pregnancy related complication that interferes with their job duties.

The bill was a priority for labor unions, but it almost didn’t happen because of stiff opposition from business groups.

The California Chamber of Commerce said it was “disappointed” Newsom signed the law because it adds “a new burden to small employers.” President and CEO Allan Zaremberg urged small businesses to “pay close attention to what is now required of them,” noting they could be sued for not following the law.

The law Newsom signed only applies to employees who have worked at least 1,250 hours in the past year, or about 24 hours per week. It covers bonding with a new child or caring for a parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or domestic partner.

“With this bill, millions of hard-working Californians will finally be able to use the paid family leave benefits they pay for without fear of losing their jobs,” said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, who authored the bill.

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The legislation is SB 1383.

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