What does Stidham bring to offense?
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Stidham, who initially went to college at Baylor before transferring to Auburn, was selected No. 133 overall in 2019. Stidham beat out veteran Brian Hoyer last preseason for the No. 2 job behind Brady. He had the best preseason of any rookie quarterback in Belichick’s 20-year tenure, going 61-of-90 for 731 yards, with four touchdowns and an interception.
Stidham turns 24 on Aug. 8 and is considered mature beyond his years, which came through to those who watched him on the ESPN+ “Draft Academy” series last year.
Whoever steps into Brady’s spot will benefit from being able to handle added pressure, and scouts say Stidham fits that profile, with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels noting last season that he has a “great mindset.” Stidham has shown a knack for making plays on the move, which could be the impetus for the Patriots to add elements to their offensive approach that wouldn’t have fit with Brady.
“It’s going to be really cool one day when I can sit there and tell my children, or my grandkids, that I got to be in the same quarterback room and talking about coverages and different passing concepts with Tom,” Stidham told ESPN in January. “He’s a phenomenal teammate, a phenomenal person, a phenomenal player. There was so much that I got to learn from him. He was obviously very open to me about stuff.”
Now comes Stidham’s biggest challenge: applying those lessons in a quest to become the team’s No. 1 option.
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