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Jarrett Stidham not thinking about replacing Tom Brady

1/18/2020 10:48:56 AM
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If Tom Brady really does decide to ride off into the sunset of retirement or-heaven forbid-wear a different uniform in 2020, Patriots rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham could be his successor in New England but Stidham is not dwelling on that according to Mike Reiss of

“Right now, I can’t really think too much about all of that,” Stidham told Reiss on Friday. “I have to worry about what I need to do to prepare to enhance my game, to learn as much as I possibly can. That’s the biggest thing I’ve focused on, making a big stride from Year One to Year Two.”

Clearly, Stidham is already steeped in the psychology of the Patriots Way with that politically correct answer.  But it is hard to believe that the 23-year-old Stidham, a fourth-round pick out of Auburn who did not throw a regular season pass in his rookie season, has not considered both the excitement and the pressure of potentially have to follow the greatest quarterback in team and NFL history.  Whoever does finally succeed Brady will have tall shoes to fill and the jury is definitely out as to whether Stidham has the tools to fill them.

Then again, the Patriots will not necessarily turn to a second-year QB to try to make another Super Bowl run in 2020 considering that there could be a lot of veteran quarterbacks available this offseason.  Possibilities include Teddy Bridgewater (5-0 as a starter in 2019), Cam Newton (2-0 lifetime vs. Patriots), and Jameis Winston (reckless with the ball but with an amazing arm).

Or the Patriots could throw a true Hail Mary and consider restricted free agent Taysom Hill.  It might cost Bill Belichick a first-round pick to make Hill an offer the New Orleans Saints cannot match but Belichick might be intrigued with the idea of revolutionizing his offense in much the same way that the Ravens have done with Lamar Jackson.

So Stidham may claim to not be thinking about replacing Tom Brady.  Anything's possible.  But he might also consider the posibility that he could be holding a clipboard again in 2020 but this time to a new arrival.

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