The New England Patriots will have a new backup quarterback in 2019. Saturday, following the news that the franchise has decided to cut Brian Hoyer, it appears that rookie Jarrett Stidham will assume the role as Tom Brady's backup.
Stidham has played incredibly well during the preseason, completing nearly 68% of his passes for 731 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception. Many believed he was pushing Hoyer for a roster spot.
Stidham began his college career at Baylor before ultimately transferring to Auburn following head coach Art Briles' ousting.
In this past year's NFL Draft, Stidham was taken in the fourth round.
Hoyer, meanwhile, will probably draw some interest from other teams. He's a long-time backup signal-caller who has filled in well when called upon.
Brady, who helped the Patriots win the Super Bowl a year ago, turned 42 just a few weeks back. He's held up incredibly well during his career, but of course, at some point he won't be able to play anymore. It'll be interesting to see if Stidham is the quarterback who will take over the reins.
New England will open its 2019 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 8. Stidham will be in uniform with the team.