Stidham completed two of four pass attempts for 14 yards and an interceptions in three appearances with the Patriots during the 2019 regular season. The 2019 fourth-round pick spent his entire rookie season as Tom Brady's top backup after the team parted ways with veteran understudy Brian Hoyer in advance of Week 1. Predictably, Stidham's game action was restricted to a trio of garbage-time appearances, with Brady starting the Patriots' entire 16-game slate. Behind the scenes, however, Stidham's throwing ability and all-around work in practice this past season has drawn praise from both his teammates and coaches, per Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal. Once the Patriots' season is over, there will be plenty of focus on Brady's status with the franchise, and until that matter is settled, Stidham's 2020 fantasy outlook can't be accurately assessed.
Stidham is the Patriots' No. 2 quarterback following the release of Brian Hoyer, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. A fourth-round pick in 2019, Stidham fared well enough in his first pro preseason to serve as Tom Brady's backup off the bat.
Stidham completed 18 of 28 passes for 225 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Thursday's 31-29 loss to the Giants in the Patriots' preseason finale. He also rushed seven times for 50 yards and lost a fumble. Stidham played the entire game, as New England wanted to get an extended look at its rookie fourth-rounder. He also got to work with some of the team's top wideout options -- Julian Edelman played the opening drive, while both Demaryius Thomas and Josh Gordon played the first five. Stidham was most effective throwing to Thomas -- the two connected seven times for 87 yards, including touchdowns of 35 and three yards. Despite this promising performance, Stidham is expected to open the season third on the depth chart behind veterans Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer.
Stidham completed 14 of 24 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener, a 31-3 win over the Lions. It's just one game, but Stidham took care of the ball, had some nice throws and displayed solid poise for a rookie fourth-rounder. The 23-year-old is obviously no threat to Tom Brady's starting job, but the early returns have been good and Stidham looks like a signal-caller worth grooming. Whether that occurs with him as the team's No. 3 signal-caller or as Tom Brady's direct backup in 2019 remains to be seen, though with that in mind, we'd be surprised if the team let veteran Brian Hoyer go.
Stidham has impressed the Patriots' brass with his performance thus far in training camp, Andrew Callahan of The Springfield Republican reports. While Stidham is obviously no threat to supplant starter Tom Brady, the fourth-round rookie's strong showing in training camp suggests that the team has unearthed a quarterback worth grooming. With Brady unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Lions, Stidham is on track to see ample action.
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