Adam Schefter explains how Patriots have shown confidence in Jarrett Stidham this offseason

Ryan Hannable
June 26, 2020 - 11:11 am

By all accounts, Jarrett Stidham will be given every opportunity to be the Patriots' starting quarterback in 2020. 

Stidham is joined in the quarterbacks room by veteran Brian Hoyer and undrafted rookies J'Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke. Of course, the Patriots were linked to many other quarterbacks this offseason, including Cam Newton and Andy Dalton, but yet they stuck with what they have.

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Appearing on ESPN's "Get Up" this week, Adam Schefter explained how this shows they have confidence in the Auburn product who was drafted in the fourth round a year ago.

“I think it shows they have a lot of confidence in Jarrett Stidham, and it doesn’t preclude them from picking up a quarterback some time before camp and bringing in another arm at that point in time," he said. "Again, what they have said to you so far is this, ‘We believe in Jarrett Stidham.’ And you heard David bring up Matt Cassel, I would also bring up Jimmy Garoppolo. The year Tom Brady was suspended for four games and the Patriots went [3-1] without Tom Brady that year. They are used to this sort of thing and I think they relish that sort of challenge.

"The fact that Tom won’t be there. It will be a different offense. It will be a different atmosphere. It will be a completely different feeling with one guy who has been so important to that franchise for 20 years. It is a whole new chapter. I think that they love this. I think there’s part of them that looks forward to this. Yeah, they are not tanking, and yeah, I think they have big expectations for Jarrett Stidham and we will see whether or not they are valid, right? At a time where again, I keep coming back to the economics of the business of sport, where after this year the cap may be flat or potentially go down due to the pandemic.

“Look at the Patriots, sitting there paying a [second-year] quarterback in Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer on a veteran minimum type of contract. They have no money invested basically in the quarterback position and they will have flexibility if it doesn’t go well to do what they want to do at that point in time. But for now, they get to ride with Stidham, who I think they believe in.”

Stidham has thrown just four NFL passes, but did show promise in the preseason last summer.

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