Jarrett Stidham impressive during NFL debut with Patriots
Jarrett Stidham shined Thursday night for the New England Patriots.
Stidham entered the game when the Patriots were leading 14-0. He finished 14-of-24 for 179 yards and one touchdown. Although those numbers aren’t terrific, Stidham threw two beautiful deep balls, but both were dropped by receiver Maurice Harris. So, those would have added to his numbers.
Stidham’s first NFL touchdown came on a 5-yard pass to receiver Jakobi Meyers.
The former Auburn quarterback is currently behind Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer on the Patriots depth chart. Hoyer started the game and finished 12-of-14 for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Brady didn’t play.
Below is one of the deep balls dropped by Harris on a pass from Stidham:
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Stidham, a fourth-round selection by the Patriots, is trying to make the 53-man roster, and he spoke to the media following his debut.
“I had a great time,” said Stidham. “This is my first NFL experience, getting to play. There are a lot of things to improve on, but overall it was a lot of fun. It was a great experience.”
So, what’s Stidham trying to learn?
“Obviously, I’m in a new offense, so just trying to learn everything as a whole and kind of how we operate — sitting in the pocket and trying to make the throws when I can,” Stidham continued. “From Day 1 to now, I’ve grown so much. I’ve got to continue to grow.”
Overall, it was an impressive showing for the rookie. Now, it’ll be interesting to see how many quarterbacks the Patriots keep on the roster.
You can watch Stidham’s entire press conference below: