Report: Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham ‘definitely made progress’

Andy Hart
February 12, 2020 - 2:58 pm

Questions about the future of the quarterback position with the Patriots have dominated the early stages of the offseason.

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Most of that attention obviously revolves around the status of impending free agent G.O.A.T. Tom Brady. Brady Watch 2020 is very much in full effect.

But one of the subplots of Brady’s status in New England is the development of backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

A fourth-round pick a year ago out of Auburn, Stidham earned the backup job behind Brady in his rookie training camp. Though he only threw four passes while seeing a mere 15 mop-up snaps in three games played – including an unfortunate pick-6 interception in a Week 3 win over the Jets --  Stidham did get plenty of work on the practice fields of Foxborough last fall.

“There have been a couple examples where Tom hasn’t been able to do a lot this year,” Bill Belichick admitted in mid-December of QB practice reps. “So, that’s given Stid an opportunity to go with the first group, and run our plays and run our offense, and that’s been good for him.

According to a report from NFL Network via Twitter, citing a source “who knows,” Stidham “made progress” in what is still less than 12 months in New England’s program.

“Great kid. Has worked hard. Definitely improved,” NFL Network reported, quoting its source. “Definitely made progress. Really never know how it will go until he has to play."

Obviously no one really knows if Stidham could be ready to start in his second NFL season. He’s certainly not ready to fill the shoes of Brady if TB12 were indeed to shockingly depart via free agency.

But if the next-man-up mantra turns to Stidham at some point, at least he’s apparently more prepared today than he was even just a few months ago.

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