James White confident in whoever plays quarterback for Patriots in 2020

Ryan Hannable
April 02, 2020 - 1:43 pm

No matter what happens this offseason, the Patriots are going to have a new look at quarterback in 2020.

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As it stands now, it will be second-year player Jarrett Stidham or veteran Brian Hoyer.

Appearing on a Zoom conference call Thursday, running back James White expressed confidence in whoever it may be.

“It'll be a little different," White said. "I played with (Brady) my whole career, so I learned a lot from that guy. We appreciated him as a teammate, we all learned a lot from him. Guys come and go each and every year, so you have to be able to compete with new people. We’re confident in Stidham, confident in Hoyer, whoever it happens to be.”

While Stidham didn't see much action, White was able to see him in practice over the course of the season.

“He came in and competed right away,” White said. “Our offense can be pretty complex, and he was willing to learn, willing to take coaching. He was fighting no matter what the situation is. The second year, he’ll come in ready to learn. We’re all competing trying to make each other better football players, be on the same page on offense so we can all help each other out.”

Bill Belichick often speaks to the jump players make from year 1 to year 2, which could play out for Stidham as well.

“For me, Year 2 was huge,” White said. “I didn’t really play my first year. There’s some guys on our team who didn’t play their first year or didn’t play that much. They’re going to come in that second year, the expectations are going to be a little bit higher. You know the offense, you know the defense, you know the special teams, now it’s just time to go out there and execute everything. You want to compete, make your teammates better, show them you’re going to be reliable on first, second, third down, whatever it is. You can’t be making the same mistakes because it’s going to be competition out there.”

White was similar to Stidham where he did not see much action at all his rookie year, but then his career really took off.

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