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Chris Simms Reveals His Ranking For Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham

Jarrett Stidham playing for the Patriots.

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 08: Jarrett Stidham #4 of the New England Patriots runs toward the locker room tunnel at halftime during the preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Barring an unexpected change, Jarrett Stidham will be the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots in 2020.

The Patriots have boasted consistent quarterback play since Drew Bledsoe, but Stidham is a bit of an unknown. He appeared in three games but threw only four passes - one of which was a pick-six.

As a result, NBC analyst Chris Simms isn't entirely sold on Stidham's potential as a starter in 2020. In his ongoing top-40 QB ranking, he has Stidham as the 35th-best thrower in the league.

Simms explained that there is certainly "room for improvement." But he also noted that his running ability and arm strength will serve him will this coming year.

Via ProFootballTalk:

Does he have room for improvement? Yes. An interception thrown against the Giants came when Stidham misjudged the amount of time he had before getting hit by a defender who was pursuing him. But there’s plenty of good — including the ability while running hard to his left to control his arm and throw a soft, touch pass to an open receiver in the end zone.

To stick as the starter in New England, Stidham will have to be much higher than No. 35 next year. If he doesn’t, he’ll likely be off the list altogether come 2021. For now, though, there’s reason to believe the offense is in good hands, and reason to understand why the Patriots weren’t more aggressive when it came to trying to keep Brady around.

If nothing else, a year of sitting behind Tom Brady and another year being coached by Bill Belichick could prepare him.

The expectations on Matt Cassel, Jacoby Brissett and Brian Hoyer weren't sky high when they came in for Brady.

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