ESPN's Todd McShay: Jarrett Stidham is not ready to lead Patriots

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Will it be Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer, or someone currently not on the Patriots' roster?

Those are the three options the Patriots have when it comes to replacing Tom Brady in 2020. Ideally, it would be Stidham after the team used a fourth-round pick on him last year. But, while he has tremendous talent, he does not have much experience at all.

Appearing on ESPN's "Get Up!" Monday, Todd McShay believes Stidham has a lot of potential, but right now isn't ready to lead the Patriots.

“He was a great backup in my opinion coming out of college at Auburn and had a chance to be developed into a starter," he said. "Now, you go back and you watch him against the Jets, they threw him in that game and he threw an interception. Bill (Belichick) got annoyed and pulled him out and put Tom Brady back in the game. They were up by about 50 points. From everyone I talk to in the organization, they are excited about his development. He has so much potential. He is gifted. He’s been through a lot in his life. He’s got some character and some grittiness and some toughness to him. “But, he’s not ready yet. That is the bottom line. He’s not ready to lead the New England Patriots, in my opinion.

"Brian Hoyer is there and he’s a really good backup, but they are going to have to make a decision on what to do in terms of is it bringing in a veteran like Andy Dalton to kind of stem the tide between now and when Stidham is ready, or is it drafting another quarterback that they think can bring competition and potentially out play Stidham at that No. 1 position. It is going to be really interesting to see how it all plays out.

“The one thing I know from talking to people inside the organization, it is all about patience and waiting to see how the market plays out and not jumping into something too early when they are not ready for it.”

The Patriots seem to be in the market for a quarterback via the draft, as they are doing research on a number of different prospects.