Daniel Jeremiah expects Jarrett Stidham to be New England's starting QB next season
Jarrett Stidham hasn’t played much in the NFL but Daniel Jeremiah expects that to change in a hurry next season.
With Tom Brady off to Tampa Bay, New England doesn’t appear very eager to get into the market to bring in a quarterback to compete with Stidham, other than the team’s recent addition of veteran backup signal-caller, Brian Hoyer.
Considering free agents Jameis Winston and Cam Newton remained unsigned, at least at this point, the Patriots appear poised to enter the 2020 season with Stidham as the club’s No. 1 option at quarterback.
That’s something NFL Media’s draft analyst Jeremiah agrees with after talking with people with knowledge of the situation.
During a recent appearance on Birmingham-based WJOX 94.5 FM radio program “The Roundtable,” Jeremiah was asked to share his thoughts on whether or not Stidham would be New England’s starting quarterback next season.
“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.”
Jeremiah then went a step further and shared his opinion that New England may be looking forward to opening up the offense a bit with the more mobile Stidham replacing Brady in the lineup.
“I think his ability to move around, you know, after being in really the same system and structure for 20 plus years with Tom Brady, I think you’re going to see, now we’re going to see maybe a little more creativity with some quarterback movement stuff that Jared can bring to the table,” Jeremiah said. “So, I thought he needed some time, you know. You guys saw a lot of them over the years — talent has always been there, I just thought he needed some time to develop. Apparently, what we didn’t get to see on the practice field during the year, he’s made some progress there.”
From one of the more knowledgable insiders at NFL Media, New England is looking forward to seeing where Stidham can lead them in 2020.