Jarrett Stidham To Start For Pats If Cam Newton Is Unavailable

The Patriots are currently scheduled to play the Broncos on Monday, and if starting QB Cam Newton is unable to take the field, New England will turn to second-year passer Jarrett Stidham, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports (via Twitter). Newton has been taking part in Zoom meetings with the team, and there is still hope that he will be able to suit up.

Of course, Newton’s positive COVID-19 test sidelined him for last week’s matchup against the Chiefs, and though New England’s defense generally held its own against Patrick Mahomes & Co., the club was clearly missing the 2015 league MVP. The Pats turned to veteran Brian Hoyer to start the game, but Hoyer lost track of his team’s timeouts at the end of the first half, and he lost a fumble late in the third quarter. Both mistakes likely cost New England points.

Hoyer was benched in favor of Stidham, and the Auburn product kept the Pats in the game on a nice TD pass to N’Keal Harry, but he ultimately threw two interceptions in just 13 pass attempts (though to be fair, one of them was really receiver Julian Edelman‘s fault, and the other came on something of a desperation heave that Stidham might not have tried but for the score of the game at that point). Given that Stidham, a 2019 fourth-round selection, clearly offers more upside than Hoyer, it makes sense that the Pats would look his way.

Of course, Stidham appeared to be the leading candidate to open the 2020 season as the Patriots’ starting signal-caller until Newton fell into their laps at the end of June. Then, a disappointing training camp that included some injury concerns forced the team to slide Stidham behind Hoyer on the depth chart. Stidham will surely welcome the opportunity to rebuild his stock if Newton has to sit.

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7 comments on “Jarrett Stidham To Start For Pats If Cam Newton Is Unavailable

  1. bradthebluefish
    bradthebluefish

    As soon as Cam is fully healthy, I wonder if Hoyer is fired. Doesn’t deserve a roster spot after his Monday night performance.

    • bradthebluefish
      bradthebluefish

      The only thing that would save Hoyer is the need of QB depth during a pandemic.

  2. Oooof

    Stidham vs. the remaining half of Denver’s defensive starters. Five weeks into the season, we finally get to see a preseason game.

  3. Ak185

    Right move. I get the reason for Hoyer’s signing and the declining athleticism is expected, but the poor decision making strategically and deer-in-the-headlights performance is exactly what Belichick wanted to avoid. Hoyer did opposite of what he was signed for, which was to be a trustworthy backup who knew what New England expected on the field.

  4. Honestly I love Jarrett Stidham and Cam so I can do without Hoyer. Idk if he had one even remotely good play on MNF.

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