Believe it or not folks, the Tom Brady Era in New England has been over for close to a month now. Brady left the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. The deal was reported for 2 years $50 Million, with $9 Million in incentives. Moving forward is the question that is on everyone’s mind: What will life be without Brady? Believe it or not, Jarrett Stidham has a great chance to step right in.
The name that has been swirling around the quarterback camp to replace Tom is last year’s fourth round pick Jarrett Stidham out of Auburn. Stidham had a stellar preseason, completing 61-90 passes while throwing for 731 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Those are decent stats for a rookie obviously against backups. Jarrett has had high praise around the league with the intelligence he brings to the field. I believe that he has the knowledge that he learned from Brady and coach Bill Belichick, and also offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to take over an offense that can still compete in the league. N’Keal Harry didn’t have the rookie season that everyone hoped, being the first wide out taken in the first round by Belichick since he became head coach. Julian Edelman will miss his longtime quarterback Tom Brady, but is willing to work with Stidham and the rest of the offense.
Jarrett will have a lot to prove for the 2020 season to get chemistry and make accurate throws to his receivers. The Patriots recently brought back old friend Brian Hoyer to help the depth chart in the quarterback department. Hoyer is a good offensive mind that knows the system, as this is his third stint with the team. Brian can help teach Stidham and have him develop as a next level quarterback, and make him feel comfortable even though he has big shoes to fill. It appears it's Jarrett job to lose, but it's still not a guarantee that he is the team's starting quarterback Week 1. But he has a great shot to be, depending on what the Patriots do in this year's NFL Draft.