Devin McCourty expresses confidence in Jarrett Stidham

Ryan Hannable
March 23, 2020 - 12:24 pm

Who will be under center for the Patriots in 2020 isn't 100 percent clear, although it seems at this point Jarrett Stidham is the leader in the clubhouse.

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Brian Hoyer was signed over the weekend, but it would seem Stidham will be given every chance to start Week 1 with Hoyer being the backup.

On his "Double Coverage" podcast with twin brother Jason, Devin McCourty expressed some confidence in the second-year player, relaying how he looked last year in practice as a rookie.

"To me, the best thing for Stiddy was that he had to go against our defense every week. He didn't have it easy," McCourty said Sunday. "I love his poise. I would be faking a blitz sometimes and we'd make eye contact and he'd just start smiling and laughing.

"To me, there were weeks where he was just on-point. And those were some of our best weeks as a defense, mainly because Stiddy ate us up in practice leading up to the game, and I think put more pressure on us. So I really admire just how hard he works, and then I've got to know him off the field as well. He's a really good guy. Young guy, but very mature. He's married. I think the Stidhams are going to be in New England for a long time."

Stidham was drafted in the fourth round last year out of Auburn, but had very limited experience in games. Come this summer, Stidham will likely get the most reps with the 1s to prove he can start when the regular season hits. But, if he struggles or does not appear ready, that is where Hoyer comes in.

The veteran has been around a long time, including three stints with the Patriots. He knows the offense quite well and would be able to keep things afloat until Stidham is ready -- whenever that may be.

"He has a veteran presence. He's played on multiple teams. He knows our offense very well," McCourty said. "I think he'll bring experience and knowledge, and if he has to go out there and play, he's going to compete at a high level. Or if it's coaching up young quarterbacks, I think he's a guy that's going to be very necessary to have in our locker room."

The Patriots also have Cody Kessler on the roster, too. It also would not be a surprise to see the team draft a quarterback in the middle-to-late rounds and have four quarterbacks during training camp. 

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