Jarrett Stidham doesn't seem intimated at all by competing with Cam Newton for the Patriots' starting QB job this summer.
Speaking via video conference Friday, the second-year quarterback was asked if he feels ready to be a NFL starter?
“Absolutely. I think I am definitely ready," he said. "I put in a lot of work this offseason to really improve mentality, physically, in a lot of different areas. At the end of the day I am extremely excited to compete with Cam and Hoy (Brian Hoyer) as we go forward in training camp and getting to the season and things like that. I am really looking forward to the competition. I love competing in whatever it is. I am really looking forward to it.”
In addition to that, he also has the right attitude in potentially replacing Tom Brady.
“I consider Tom a really good friend at this point. Obviously, got to learn a ton from him throughout the entire year last year just how he prepares, how he just gets ready for each and every week, how he leads and how he pushes his teammates every week," Stidham said. "There was so much. I can’t just say one thing. There was a lot to take away from being around him every single day. I don’t really look at it as replacing Tom Brady. I just want to be myself and I want to be a leader for this team and be the best teammate that I can be for this team. I don’t really look at it like that.”
Stidham doesn't sound like a second-year quarterback who had a roller coaster of an offseason thinking he'd be the starter for much of the spring to the team bringing in a former NFL MVP in very late June, which is a good thing to see.
If there was any thought this offseason might have rattled the Auburn product, his words Friday suggest the opposite.