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.
The Patriots selected Stidham in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 133rd overall.
Stidham is a former blue chip recruit who showed various levels of promise with first Baylor and then Auburn, but he never lived up to his recruiting pedigree in terms of production, and he never displayed the kind of tools you'd need to project much further development. Stidham conventionally profiles as a backup at 6-foot-2, 218 pounds with various adequate traits but none that are truly reassuring. He finished his collegiate career completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 7,217 yards (8.5 YPA), 48 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, so there's a little bit of skill for the Patriots to mold and then probably pawn off to another team in a trade a couple years from now.
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