N'Keal Harry, Jarrett Stidham making contingency plans in case offseason workouts get canceled

Ryan Hannable
April 02, 2020 - 11:30 am

Second-year players Jarrett Stidham and N'Keal Harry figure to play major roles for the Patriots in 2020.

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And amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears the two will do whatever it takes to make sure they are ready for the season.

“I talked to Stidham the other day to make sure we read the (passing game) script,” Harry told NFL Media's Steve Wyche. “If this goes on for a long time and there is no offseason training or OTAs, we’re going to have to meet up and get to work.”

It seems like there is a good chance the league cancels all OTAs and potentially minicamp, which would leave only training camp to get ready for the season. And even that could potentially get shortened, so there might not be that much time at all for teams to prepare for the season. 

The two meeting up at some point down the line once it is safe to do so would be a good development for the Patriots offense.

As of now, it seems like Stidham will be given every chance to be the Week 1 starter and Harry will be looked to make a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2 after missing half the season last year due to a hamstring injury. It is worth noting veteran Brian Hoyer could factor into the quarterback situation if things don't go right for Stidham.

Harry did not get to spend much time working with Stidham last summer since the rookie receiver was primarily working with Tom Brady.

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