Second-year backup quarterback Michael Bishop has cult-hero status with some New England Patriots' faithful. On Monday, he'll get the chance to make new head coach Bill Belichick a fan.
Starter Drew Bledsoe is expected to start but play only briefly in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game, the traditional start to the NFL exhibition season.
Bishop and fellow backup Tom Brady will see most of the action both Monday against San Francisco and in the Patriots' second game at Detroit.
Bishop, runner-up in the 1998 Heisman Trophy voting at Kansas State, wasn't drafted until the seventh round, partly because of questions about his consistency.
"I think he's had a solid camp, but the rubber meets the road here Monday night when we start playing preseason games," Belichick said. "He's a good athlete, he's got a quick release and a strong arm. He came from a program in college that took advantage of those skills, but he's had to make an adjustment over what he had to do last year and what he was asked to do at Kansas State."