Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham looking forward to improving from Thursday

Ryan Hannable
August 23, 2019 - 2:07 pm
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FOXBOROUGH -- Thursday was a big night for Jarrett Stidham.

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The rookie played just over two quarters in the 10-3 win over the Panthers, as he relieved Tom Brady late in the second quarter and then played the rest of the game. While he went 15-for-19 with 134 yards passing, it wasn't as good of a performance as the numbers indicate.

The fourth-round pick made some throws that put his receivers in some vulnerable positions.

"There’s going to be a lot to learn from," he said after the game. "I’m anxious to watch the film tomorrow, myself just getting better at operating the offense. I’ve definitely got to clean up a lot of stuff. There’s a lot of things we can do better. There’s a ton of things I can do better. I’m looking forward to watching the film tomorrow and learning. I think there’s a lot of room for improvement.”

Stidham also lost a fumble on a strip sack, and that particular play he's looking forward to going over to see what he could have done differently.

“That’s one of the things I’m looking forward to looking at with the coaching staff tomorrow and learning how to handle that situation better,” Stidham said. “It’s about taking in anything Josh (McDaniels) is telling me in meetings or Tom (Brady) is teaching me. I’m just trying to take in as much as possible and try to grow each week.”

The rookie did not know how much he would play going into the game.

“Always try and be ready,” Stidham said. “Whenever my number is called try to go out and help team as much as I can.”

Stidham playing as much as he did meant veteran backup Brian Hoyer did not play at all. It's hard to know for sure what this means. Could it have been a long look at the rookie to see if he can backup Brady on his own? Possibly, but it's hard to know for sure.

“Yeah, we do what we think is best for the team, take a look at everybody,” Bill Belichick said. “Brian's played a lot of football.”

The Patriots will have some interesting decisions with their roster over the next week or so, and what to do at quarterback is certainly one of them.

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