While Bill Belichick would not confirm the Patriots’ reported signing of backup quarterback Cody Kessler during his Wednesday morning press conference at Gillette Stadium, the New England coach did explain why a third quarterback might be added to the roster.
A week after Tom Brady was limited in practice due to a calf injury, increasing the workload of lone backup Jarrett Stidham as the rookie prepared both the Patriots game plan against the Jets as well as scout team duties, Belichick declared that the addition of another passer wouldn’t be about managing the 42-year-old Brady’s workload.
“Whatever our decisions are would be more roster management,” Belichick said. “I don’t think that’s it.”
Belichick also went on to praise the work that Stidham has put in, dating back to the summer.
“Jarrett’s been with us all the way through,” Belichick said. “Practices every day. He’s gotten, intermittently a lot of reps in the offense, depending on the situation from week to week, preseason, regular season. Again, depending on what we were doing at that particular point in time, whether it be preseason games or training camp practices or regular season practices. He’s coming along well.”
Stidham’s first NFL action didn’t exactly go well against the Jets, though. The rookie came on for Brady in the fourth quarter and threw a pick-6 interception to New York safety Jamal Adams on his third throw.
Brady was put back into the game on the Patriots following drive on the way to the 30-14 victory.