Stephon Gilmore not surprised Tom Brady left New England, says Jarrett Stidham made great throws as rookie

Ryan Hannable
March 29, 2020 - 1:39 pm
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Stephon Gilmore has been in the NFL for eight seasons, so he has a good idea of how things work and how the league is ultimately a business.

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So when speaking to ESPN's Mike Reiss, he acknowledged he wasn't shocked Tom Brady left the Patriots this offseason.

"Not surprised," he said. "A player like him, playing somewhere that long, you never can see it, but it shows you that in the National Football League it can be anyone going somewhere. It's a business, and that's how you have to look at it."

Brady signed a two-year, $50 million deal with Tampa Bay a few days into free agency.

As for his replacement, the leader in the clubhouse is second-year player Jarrett Stidham. As a rookie, Stidham often ran the scout team against the Patriots defense, so Gilmore got a good look at what the Auburn product can be.

"He came in and worked hard and got better and better as the year went on. He has a strong arm," he said. "He makes some tough throws. Definitely made it hard on me in practice each and every week, going against whoever I was covering, making some great throws. It allowed me to get better in practice to prepare for the games."

Veterans Brian Hoyer and Cody Kessler are also in the quarterbacks room, but all indications are Stidham will be given the first crack at earning the starting job.

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