NFL analyst compares Jarrett Stidham to Tony Romo

Ryan Hannable
June 02, 2020 - 12:31 pm
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What is Jarrett Stidham?

Since the second-year quarterback barely saw any playing time last season, no one really knows what he's like. His most extensive work came in practices during the season where the only people able to see his progress were people within the organization.

Speaking on NBC Sports, Chris Simms compared Stidham to Tony Romo.

“First off, I loved (Stidham) coming out of college,” Simms said. “I saw a lot of him in preseason last year, and loved the way he looked. Really, when you look at him, there’s nothing to say or look at him physically and go, ‘Oh, there’s a weakness to his football game.’ He reminds me a little of Tony Romo. He’s a very pure thrower of the football. He’s got great mechanics, he’s natural that way. He’s smart, and we know he’s being well-schooled up there in New England.

“He doesn’t have as strong of an arm as Tom Brady, but it’s not far off — it’s right there in that range. It’s a really good arm, and he’s a good athlete. Not an athlete that’s going to run for a ton of yards, but can move around the pocket and extend plays that way. That’s what I’m excited about with Jarrett Stidham: He’s got great feel. He’s a natural at playing the quarterback position, let alone, he’s got skills that can really shine and stand out as well.”

Stidham likely will be the Patriots' starting quarterback in 2020 as the other quarterbacks on the roster are veteran Brian Hoyer and undrafted rookies J'Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke.

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