With Tom Brady out of the picture, the Patriots have Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and undrafted rookies J'Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke at the quarterback position, and Bill Belichick seems content.
“Yeah, well that is where we are — you never know what is going to happen down the road, but we feel like we have four good players there," he said Thursday night on NFL Network following the schedule release. "We added Brian and J’Mar to Hoyer and Stidham. We added Hoyer and had Stidham from last year. We like working with those guys and we will see how it goes.”
Belichick was also asked directly about Stidham and his progress.
“Stid worked really hard last year," he said. "He was our backup quarterback the entire season and I know he’s working hard in the offseason. I know he’s made a lot of progress in terms of understanding our offense and understanding opponent defenses like all players do from Year 1 to Year 2. I am sure he will get out there and be ready to go, be prepared, compete hard, and we’ll see where it takes us.”
New England did not draft a quarterback in the draft and has seemingly passed on all the free agent quarterbacks this offseason, so it appears Belichick and Co. are confident in Stidham and Hoyer as a backup.
If Stidham is indeed the starter, his first game could come against another young SEC product in Tua Tagovailoa (if healthy) and the Dolphins.