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“If we feel like we find the right situation, we’ll certainly draft them. We’ve drafted them in multiple years, multiple points in the draft. Didn’t work out the last three days. That wasn’t by design. We just tried to do the best we could with what we had this weekend.”
New England did add Louisiana Tech quarterback J’Mar Smith as an undrafted free agent, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. That gives the Pats three signal-callers in second-year pro Jarrett Stidham, veteran Brian Hoyer and Smith.
Stidham should have the inside track on the starting job, as Reiss noted, although Belichick isn’t giving him the keys to the franchise just yet.
“Jarrett had a good year last year. He improved a lot. We’ll see where that takes him,” Belichick said.
Stidham went 2-of-3 for 14 yards and an interception returned for a touchdown in mop-up duty during a 30-14 win over the New York Jets in Week 3 of last season. That marks his only regular-season action.
He showed promise in the 2019 preseason, completing 67.8 percent of his passes for four touchdown and one interception at 8.1 yards per pass attempt.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller wrote the following on Stidham before the 2019 regular season.
“Stidham has looked very good in the preseason while showing nice chemistry with the Patriots’ young receivers. With no clear-cut plan in place for life after Tom Brady, the Patriots rolled the dice on a fourth-rounder who had shown considerable promise in his junior season but struggled behind a very bad offensive line as a senior.
“It’s early, but the Patriots appear to have another Jimmy Garoppolo or Jacoby Brissett on their hands. This one might stick around to replace the GOAT.“
By all accounts, Stidham looks like the odds-on favorite to replace Brady at this time. The lack of experience is concerning, but Stidham has flashed enough potential in college and the NFL preseason to bolster belief that he can be a solid long-term starter.
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