How low does Jarrett Stidham rank among possible NFL starting QBs?

Andy Hart
April 06, 2020 - 3:27 pm
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Jarrett Stidham may or may not be the opening day starter in this second NFL season, potentially filling the unfillable shoes of departed GOAT Tom Brady.

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NBC Sports Boston painted a picture in which journeyman Brian Hoyer, not Stidham, opens the season under center in New England.

ESPN declared pretty definitively that Stidham isn’t ready to lead Bill Belichick’s team.

Be that as it may, for now Stidham is indeed the No. 1 option on the Patriots' QB depth chart after a rookie season serving as Brady’s primary backup.

At least that’s the assumption that NFL.com made when putting together a list ranking the NFL’s starting quarterbacks using very subjective criteria.

NFL.com ranked 35 potential starters using the following question: “Considering talent, production, age and contract, which QB would you most want to have under your team's control moving forward?”

Stidham didn’t do very well, ranking No. 32 out of the 35 quarterbacks on the list.

Despite the dismal ranking, NFL.com writes -- “Stidham was always a stronger candidate to be Tom Brady's successor than the outside realized. If he was drafted in the first or second round, like many expected entering his senior year at Auburn, this wouldn't seem so shocking. Projecting Stidham's future based off glowing practice reports and a nice preseason is foolish, but it's a good sign that Bill Belichick is a fan. He gets an edge over known mediocrities because he's so cheap and easy to replace.”

While Hoyer was not ranked, the guy Stidham may be replacing slotted in the middle of the exercise. Brady was No. 16 overall for his new role in Tampa Bay, sandwiched between Jared Goff and Sam Darnold.

“Brady can still play,” writes NFL.com. “But asking him to break all previous boundaries for a soon-to-be 43-year-old quarterback and then do it again at 44 with a second guaranteed year isn't a formula for value. In a best-case scenario, Brady could be a borderline top-10 quarterback in the short term. The worst-case scenario is uglier than the current Bucs uniforms.”

For what it’s worth, NFL.com lists Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz as its top-five NFL starters at this point.

Related: Tom Brady on Players’ Tribune: ‘I’m ready to embrace fully a team that is confident in what I do’