It's Time to Believe in Stidham

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The Patriots made a statement at the 2020 NFL Draft by not drafting a quarterback and sticking with Jarrett Stidham as the potential QB1 in Foxboro.  At the conclusion of this weekend, Stidham should be left feeling pretty good knowing that Head Coach Bill Belichick and Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio have full confidence in him as the potential heir in this post-Tom Brady climate. 

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I understand that it can be easy to get caught up in the hype machine of Jarrett Stidham, and it’s hard not to based off what the New England media says about him.  But could it just be that Belichick likes the potential of Stidham and thinks he can actually play at the professional level? 

It wasn’t like the Patriots didn’t have options in this year's NFL Draft.  The team wasn’t going to be able to draft LSU’s Joe Borrow, so the remaining options were Jordan Love, Jake Fromm, Jalen Hurts and Jacob Eason.  The Patriots elected to draft based off true need on the roster and fill key holes on defense, on the offensive line, and at tight end.  The team decided to sign two quarterbacks following the draft in Louisiana Tech’s J’Mar Smith and Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke. 

At the conclusion of the draft, it felt like the organization gave their vote of confidence to the former Auburn quarterback.  Now, having said that, I do understand they have Brian Hoyer on the roster.  Hoyer will serve as a good mentor to Stidham because he knows the system having now spent three different tours of duty in New England, and he could possibly start at the beginning of the season if Stidham truly isn’t ready. 

Shop for NBA Jerseys at Fanatics!I just find it hard to believe that the Patriots, who cut Hoyer at the end of the preseason last year in favor of Stidham, would think that Stidham still isn’t ahead of Hoyer on the depth chart today.  If the Patriots are truly still looking for a quarterback this season they can turn to current NFL free agent Cam Newton or they could make a trade with the Bengals for Andy Dalton or Colts Jacoby Brissett.  The argument I would make would be at this point why pay the salary that Newton will command versus going with a cheaper Stidham who already knows the Patriots system. 

The Patriots did the right thing by not drafting another quarterback this past weekend and continue to build the confidence of Stidham.  The NFL Draft experts said that had Stidham come out for this years draft he was going to be one of the top-five quarterbacks selected.  The Patriots got a deal on drafting Stidham last season in the fourth round.  They drafted a player who the league was down on and Belichick may have gotten a steal once again. 

Many will argue that the Patriots didn’t have a plan for life after Brady.  Well they did, but he is in San Francisco.  The Patriots have Stidham, who is young, cheap and inexperienced, but so was Tom Brady.  Stidham is in one of the better coaching situations in the NFL.  He has the best football coach in the history of the game and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who has had the ability to work with young quarterbacks during his tenure in New England. 

If we can get past the interception Stidham threw against the Jets last season in a blow out win and look at the player objectively, he is the best option for the Patriots not named Brady.  As we embark on the first season without Brady since the year Matt Cassel started, the Patriots have the heir in Stidham, a player that Belichick has confidence in as well as his team around him.  It’s Stid the Kid’s job to lose on the gridiron, but what a story it will be if he can actually play and the Patriots have struck gold, again. 

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