The days of Tom Brady leading the New England Patriots out of the tunnel at Gillette Stadium are over. All signs point to either Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham being the starting quarterback for the 2020 season.
New England quickly signed Hoyer after he was released by Indianapolis. At the very least, he’s a solid veteran that could help teach Stidham along the way.
It’s certainly possible that Hoyer will win the starting job in New England, but the current favorite to start this fall is Stidham. The former Auburn signal-caller looked impressive in the preseason for the Patriots.
There’s no guarantee that Bill Belichick will name Stidham the starter. However, NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes that’ll ultimately happen. He shared his thoughts on the quarterback situation in New England on WJOX 94.5 FM radio.
Here’s what Jeremiah had to say, via Saturday Down South:
“I do, I think [Stidham]’s going to be their starter,” Jeremiah answered. “I haven’t talked to anyone directly with the Patriots, but with talking to buddies around the league that have close ties in that building, they said there’s a lot of confidence inside that organization that Jarrett Stidham is going to be as good, or better, than Jimmy Garoppolo. So, they’re high on him and what he can do.”
Now that Brady is no longer on the Patriots, Belichick will the chance to prove just how valuable he is to the franchise.
Any type of success with either Hoyer or Stidham at quarterback will help Belichick’s perception around the league – not that he needs others’ approval.
Stidham doesn’t have the experience that Hoyer has, but he’s a solid athlete and could develop into a franchise quarterback.
If Jeremiah’s prediction comes into fruition, we’ll see how Stidham performs in the post-Brady era.