Patriots Coach Bill Belichick Assesses Jarrett Stidham's NFL Debut

By , WEEI 93.7

(WEEI) - Jarrett Stidham made his highly anticipated NFL debut Thursday against the Lions.

The fourth-round pick played just over a half in relief of Brian Hoyer and went 14-for-24 with 179 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 31-3 win. The biggest thing was he didn't make any mistakes and when he didn't have what he was looking for he either bought himself more time, or just threw the ball away.

Speaking on a conference call Friday morning, Bill Belichick shared his thoughts on Stidham's debut.

"I think there were several plays that dawned all of the categories really," he said when asked about his development. "Quick throws where the read was clear and the receiver was open and then maybe a secondary read, and then there were a couple of times where he scrambled and extended the play. He ran a couple times and completed a pass to – I think it might have been the tight end, [Andrew] Beck or [Ryan] Izzo – but anyway, there was a little bit of everything there. The most important thing for the quarterback is not to turn the ball over, make good decisions, and throw accurately, so he did all of those at times."

As of now, Stidham is still behind Hoyer on the depth chart, but that is subject to change based on the final three preseason games.

The Patriots will practice at Gillette Stadium early next week before traveling to Nashville for joint sessions with the Titans and the second preseason game next weekend.